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Contact R&D’s Tourism Specialist

The Department of Research and Development’s Tourism Program provides active leadership to strengthen and enhance Hawai‘i Island’s visitor industry. It’s efforts are directed by the by the Hawai‘i Island Tourism Roadmap

The Tourism Program supports cooperative marketing programs, community festivals and sporting events, visitor arrival and departure experiences as well as new tourism products. 

Announcements

LAVA EVENT VISITOR INFORMATION: See statement from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS ARE SAFE FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS AIRPORTS - ACCOMMODATIONS AND ACTIVITIES ARE OPEN STATEWIDE

Hawai‘i is Open for Business: There is absolutely no reason for visitors planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands to change or alter their leisure or business plans.

Air Access: All flights into the Hawaiian Islands are operating normally.

Accommodations and Activities: All accommodations, activities and attractions throughout the Hawaiian Islands are operating normally, with the exception of those in the area affected by the volcanic activity on the island of Hawai‘i.

Remote Location on the Island of Hawai‘i’s East Side: None of the Hawaiian Islands are affected by Kīlauea volcano except a remote area along the Lower East Rift Zone on the island of Hawaii’s east side, Kīlauea Summit and surrounding areas.

Kīlauea Summit Activity: Steam and ash outbursts from Halema‘uma‘u crater are occurring in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (approximately 40 miles away from the Lower East Rift Zone) and being monitored. This is a natural occurrence as rocks fall into the crater and magma interacts with the groundwater (water table).

Air Quality: Air quality remains largely unchanged with this situation. However, air quality near where the volcanic activity on the island of Hawai‘i is occurring can be hazardous (SO2-sulfur dioxide) and light ash fall may be present. Officials are continuing to monitor air quality.

For more information and links, please visit the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Special Alert Page at http://hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/special-alert/

GOOGLE “TREKKER”

Google “Trekker” Virtual Tours on Hawai‘i Island - This program allows virtual tours to be placed on Google Maps. For more information, click here.

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Funding

2018 Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Community Program awardees.

Reports

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Reports

The following visitor industry reports compiled by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) can be found at HTA’s Research & Reports Webpage:

National Park Visitor Statistics 

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