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Hawaii officials: Volcanic eruptions pose no threat to Oahu, air quality

June 01, 2018 Image of ADA 2018 Annual Meeting logo
Honolulu
— Hawaii officials are reassuring people with plans to visit the islands that the ongoing Kilauea volcano eruptions pose no threat to visitors or air quality.

ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting is set for Oct. 18-22 on the island of Oahu.

“Visitors to Hawaii can be assured that the volcanic activity is having no effect whatsoever on the other islands, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kauai,” said Hawaii Gov. David Ige in a May 21 news release. “Visitors can book their trips comfortable in the knowledge that their vacation experience will provide all the enjoyment they expect when coming to our beautiful islands.”

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, added that travel to and within the Hawaiian Islands is unimpeded by the Kilauea volcano. “Visitors have absolutely no reason to change their travel plans to the Hawaiian Islands,” he said in a news release.

Virgina Pressler, M.D., director of the state’s health department, emphasized May 25 that the air quality in Hawaii is safe.

“The air quality for the vast majority of the Hawaiian Islands is clean and healthy,” she said. “The emissions from Kilauea volcano are a nonfactor for Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kauai. The weather is beautiful and warm with cooling trade winds everywhere in Hawaii and is exactly what travelers expect when coming here for a relaxing and fun vacation experience. This includes Hilo, Pahoa and the Kona and Kohala coasts on the island of Hawaii. The areas where precautions are required for people are in lower Puna, where lava is flowing and downwind from there on the island of Hawaii, particularly if they have respiratory problems.”

The Kilauea volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaii — also known as the Big Island — began erupting on May 3, with numerous explosions resulting in heavy lava flow, forcing evacuations in certain areas close to the volcano.

Travelers planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands who have questions can contact the Hawaii Tourism United States Call Center at 1-800 GOHAWAII.

The ADA partners with Fox World Travel to offer travel discounts before, during and after the ADA annual meeting to all Hawaiian Islands. Visit ADA.org/Aloha for more information.

Registration for ADA 2018 is open. To register or learn more, visit ADA.org/meeting.