Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed. However, National Park rangers and staff are available to answer questions and share stories at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo: www.papahanaumokuakea.gov. Additionally, the lava and eruption are viewable by helicopter tour.
Hawaii is an incredible place to visit and Hilton Waikoloa Village is ready to welcome you!
The view on Monday, July 16, 2018:
Hawai'i Volcano Observatory is monitoring eruption activity at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and in the Puna district of the County of Hawai'i. These areas are located about 100 miles driving from Hilton Waikoloa Village. To provide perspective on the driving distance (via Google Maps, view PDF):
- 102 miles - Hilton Waikoloa Village to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
- 95 miles - Los Angeles, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
- 95 miles - New York City, NY to Philadelphia, PA
- 95 miles - Dallas, TX to Waco, TX
- 92 miles - Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI
- 89 miles - San Francisco, CA to Sacramento, CA
No effects of volcanic activity, such as earthquakes, lava or volcanic ash are impacting anywhere near Hilton Waikoloa Village or Kona International Airport. We are ready to welcome all guests.
The island has many activities and experiences available to visitors:
- Beaches like Hapuna, Kua Bay, Waialea Bay and many more
- Valleys like Pololu and Waipio
- Waterfalls like Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls
- Hiking, horseback riding, golf
- Sailing, scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking
- Stargazing on Mauna Kea
- Farmer's markets
- Restaurants, breweries, shave ice and ice cream stores
For visitor updates: hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/special-alert/
For government updates: www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/
For air quality conditions: www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata
Key points to consider:
- Hilton Waikoloa Village and Kona International Airport are located on the Western coast of the Island of Hawaiʻi. The Island of Hawaiʻi is over 4,000 square miles in size and is the largest island in the United States. The Island of Hawaiʻi is larger than Puerto Rico.
- Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is located on the Eastern coast of the island, 100 miles, or 2 hours away by car from Hilton Waikoloa Village. Guests from the hotel must travel past several mountains (including Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the largest mountains on Earth) to reach the opposite side of the island, where Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is located.
- Island trade winds, which are the predominant weather pattern, keep volcanic haze and gases to the south of the island. The resort typically enjoys fresh breezes off the North Pacific and Kohala mountains.
- Kīlauea Volcano at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has been continuously erupting since 1983, with no impact to resort or airport operations during that time.
The resort is providing relief efforts for the affected communities, including donations of goods and funds.