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A question of balance

Posted by Dennis on Monday, 21 May 2018, at 5:58 p.m.
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It's a question of balance: on one hand, tourism is suffering; on the other, the people are suffocating.

The most honest answer I can give is as follows:

Air quality in Kona on the tourism-friendly scale is officially "unhealthy." According to the American Lung Association index, it's "critical." It's up to you to decide which is more relevant.

Where I live, 2400 feet above sea level, the toxic plume rolls in and out. I have one lung, having had my right lung removed as a child (technically, it wasn't me who had it removed, but my parents).

When the University used to monitor vog emissions around the island, it was published that "all the fog was below 800 feet." I can vouch that the latest emissions of sulfuric gas and glass particles are swirling everywhere.

It's plain that tourism is suffering, and adjunctively, hotel bookings and related jobs, with airline and hotel cancellations up 50% and future bookings down 50%.

Driving to the local store I couldn't help but notice that, down below, Kona was totally invisible, immersed in the worst smoke blanket I have ever seen, worse than Singalpore, Mexico City, Beijing, or Delhi on their worst days.

Yet up here where I live, on the slopes above town, the air air is clear and the sun is shining. Go figger.

The island economy depends on tourists visiting and spending money. Realtors depend on people coming to buy homes. According to the local newspaper, half of real estate purchase contracts all over the island have been cancelled.

I understand.

It truly is a question of balance. If what you want is to help support the local economy, by all means comes.

If you envision enjoying a white sand beach with a clear blue sky, possibly you will be disappointed. Every day is different.

Scuba diving, on the other hand...

   Δ Thanks for perspective...
    Tonya D -- Tuesday, 22 May 2018, at 5:51 a.m.
   Δ News flash the end of the world is near!!!
    Ronald HM -- Tuesday, 22 May 2018, at 9:35 a.m.
   Δ Buy the ticket - take the ride
    Rich E2 -- Tuesday, 22 May 2018, at 10:18 a.m.
   Δ balance
    Jim MC50 -- Tuesday, 22 May 2018, at 4:38 p.m.
   Δ Safe to travel to Big Island
    Emmy C -- Wednesday, 23 May 2018, at 3:12 p.m.
   Δ No One Should Cancel Their Vacation
    Harry Pritikin -- Tuesday, 22 May 2018, at 10:28 a.m.
   Δ Safe to visit!
    Shirley -- Tuesday, 22 May 2018, at 1:57 p.m.
   Δ I'm not "afraid" of volcano, but of extreme vog in Kona
    Tonya D -- Saturday, 26 May 2018, at 2:56 p.m.
   Δ Thanks for perspective...
    Jeff N -- Tuesday, 22 May 2018, at 1:48 p.m.
   Δ Depends on which way the wind is blowing each day
    Shirley -- Wednesday, 23 May 2018, at 7:35 a.m.
   Δ KONAWEB is resource for useful visitor information
    Shirley -- Wednesday, 23 May 2018, at 7:48 a.m.
   Δ Best wishes
    Dot -- Wednesday, 23 May 2018, at 2:15 a.m.
   Δ not so wise imo
    Shana K -- Thursday, 24 May 2018, at 8:18 a.m.
   Δ Ethics doesn't enter into it. Travellers should decide
    Rich E2 -- Thursday, 24 May 2018, at 9:09 a.m.
   Δ vacation & volcanic ash don't mix
    Shana K -- Friday, 25 May 2018, at 9:17 a.m.
   Δ Stay On the West side!
    Mary P -- Friday, 25 May 2018, at 6:39 p.m.
   Δ Vog
    Shirley -- Friday, 25 May 2018, at 8:45 p.m.
   Δ It's Your Loss
    Harry Pritikin -- Thursday, 24 May 2018, at 3:41 p.m.
   Δ And? yes, it's my loss.
    Shana K -- Friday, 25 May 2018, at 9:25 a.m.
   Δ Much Aloha here!
    Kevin Z -- Friday, 25 May 2018, at 11:12 a.m.
   Δ News/social media outlets require HYPE for ratings
    Ronald HM -- Friday, 25 May 2018, at 11:32 a.m.
   Δ on the same page(not musically) w/KZ
    Harry Smd -- Thursday, 31 May 2018, at 6:53 a.m.

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