Aloha Bruce is focusing on the Mauna Loa Volcano eruption currently underway on Hawaii Island for this Wednesday, November 30, 2022, episode of the Hawaii Vacation Podcast.
Bruce starts with a reflection on the holidays in Hawaii, and notes that the Honolulu City Lights Festival gets underway on December 3. It features a parade and block party at Honolulu Hale (City Hall), and a month-long light show. The 2022 holiday season also includes the Honolulu Marathon, with upwards of 30,000 runners expected to participate.
In other Hawaii vacation news, Bruce briefly discusses turmoil over the marketing budget Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB). He explains the tension and offers his opinion on accountability over spending on the contract. “We need the government to be in it, but they need to do it right,” Bruce says. Bruce also offers some thanks to “Dave” and others who have recently booked HAT’s condo at the Luana Waikiki.
On to the main topic of the Mauna Loa Volcano eruption, Bruce offers some facts about the type of volcanic activity that is currently taking place there. He discusses how quickly conditions at Mauna Loa have changed since a recent HAT Blog post about recent seismic activity on November 8, and offers some updates about the eruption.
Bruce discusses the tremendous impact the closure of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, or “Saddle Road”, would have on the Big Island. The road connects Hilo and Kona, a trip of about 2-3 hours by car. If the lava flows over the road, visitors and residents would have to take the long way around the Big Island, adding hours to the trip. “This is huge!”
Bruce also mentions the potential impacts of lava flowing into communities, as insurance companies won’t cover homes in an eruption zone. He also touches on concerns the Mauna Loa Volcano eruption is causing over air quality and offers some tips for visitors with respiratory issues.
Some specifics about the lava flow’s location and characteristics are offered and Bruce mentions the amazing video and photography coming out of the Big Island. Surely, the video will encourage people to seek a view of it. Bruce offers his tips on viewing the lava, and suggests a helicopter tour (which are expensive but “worth it”). He also notes that the Hawaii Visitors Bureau is encouraging visitors not to cancel their Hawaii vacation plans because of the Maula Loa Volcano eruption.
Bruce also shares HAT’s trusted agencies for information about the ongoing eruption and encourages listeners to check them out. This may be the last Hawaii Vacation podcast of 2022, as Bruce is headed out on vacation, but “may be able to get one out before the end of the year”. Aloha, and Happy Holidays!
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