Aloha Paradise Guests,
We are currently monitoring the status of Tropical Storm Olivia and will do our best to pass information to all of our guests as it is known. The State of Hawaii has a long hurricane season but is typically not affected by major storms. However, there is always a chance for storm related damage and dangerous ocean conditions. Please monitor weather reports and exercise caution when storm conditions are imminent.
As of 4:00pm today, 9 September 2018, Olivia is forecast to pass very close to Hawaii Island on Wednesday as a tropical storm. Storm conditions and dangerous ocean conditions may be encountered as early as Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. The storm has weakened slightly in the last 48 hours but is still a powerful storm. If Olivia remains on the current forecast track the storm may pass North of Hawaii Island and along the Hawaiian Island Chain. This would bring storm conditions to the entire island.
We strive to be proactive and ensure that our guests and team members are safe, but we also recognize that forecasts are educated guesses and Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Previous hurricanes and tropical storms have both impacted the island and veered both South and North causing very little impact on the island. We, of course, are hopeful that the storm does not impact the island but will make preparations regardless. We will stay flexible as long as possible and continue flights when it is safe to do so to provide you the ability to see our beautiful Island and enjoy your vacation.
Our goal at Paradise Helicopters is to give all of our customers the best possible experience while operating in a safe and prudent manner. We will make every attempt to continue our normal operations to serve you. However, if it does become necessary to cancel your flight please know that we will make every attempt to reschedule you to a later date, or if necessary, honor a full refund. Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to serve you, and we hope to fly you and show you this amazing island from the air!
ALL TOURS ARE OPERATIONAL
All of the Hawaiian Islands are unaffected by Kilauea volcano except a remote area on the island of Hawaii’s east side. Out of the island’s 4,028 square miles, only less than a 10-square-mile area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions in Puna is affected.
All flights into the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole – KOA (west) and Hilo International Airport – ITO (east) are operating normally.
ACCOMMODATIONS & ACTIVITIES
All accommodations, activities and attractions on the island are also operating normally, with the exception of those in the area affected by the lava activity.
The clean and safe air quality on the island of Hawaii remains largely unchanged with this situation. However, air quality near where the lava is flowing can be hazardous (SO2-sulfur dioxide), which is why officials are keeping people out of the affected areas and continuing to monitor air quality.