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I'm not "afraid" of volcano, but of extreme vog in Kona

Posted by Tonya D on Saturday, 26 May 2018, at 2:56 p.m.
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In response to 142163: Safe to visit!, posted by Shirley on Tuesday, 22 May 2018, at 1:57 p.m.

Thanks, Shirley, and all the others, for your input. No to all, I'm not a fearful person and yes, I know Hawai'i Island has had vog since we've been visiting at least annually since 2001. I'm not concerned about lava or fissures or the red, fiery videos on social media.

I know the area near Opihikao, we've been staying there for part of our Hawai'i visit for years and, with the recent lava flow less than six-tenths of a mile from "our" rental cottage, I'm pretty resigned to missing that part of the visit in November.

My concern remains if the vog is so much worse than we're accustomed to in the Kona area that it significantly diminishes the "vacation" experience. We stay at sea level, south of town, near Keauhou. "Paying our money and taking our chances" is fine if you're not self-employed, giving up two weeks of work/employee costs and income for your single annual time out of the office. We're not interested in switching over to "another island." If we cancel, we'll just skip this year's vacation and plan for 2019. It's a tough decision.

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