Chennai-born Bharatanatyam dancer and writer Tulsi Badrinath whose roots lie in Uttar Pradesh
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Posted by Accessibility in East Hawaii: All residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions are required to evacuate. Pohoiki Road is closed from the intersection at Highway 132 down to Highway 137 to allow evacuation efforts of residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions to proceed whenever possible. Temporary flight restrictions are in place for most of lower Puna; drones will be confiscated in this area. Lava Tree State Monument and Mackenzie State Recreation Area are closed until further notice. As a safety precaution, the County of Hawaii has closed the Kalapana Viewing Area until further notice as well. PUNA, HAWAII – As lava continues to pour into the streets of a remote area on Hawaii’s Big Island, the Island of Hawaii’s Visitors Bureau has released an update, assuring travellers that “there is absolutely no reason at this time to change or alter their leisure or business plans.”According to Ross Birch, executive director of the Bureau, all of the Hawaiian Islands are unaffected by Kilauea volcano except a remote are 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 are affected.Here’s what travellers need to know:Air Access: All flights into Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole – KOA (west) and Hilo International Airport – ITO (east) are operating normally. Eruption Location: The volcanic activity and where lava has flowed is limited to an isolated area in lower Puna on the island’s east side. This is more than 100 miles away from the western Kohala and Kona Coasts, where the island’s major tourist accommodations and resorts are located. This is the area furthest from the current activity. In addition, Hilo town is approximately 20 miles away and unaffected by the volcano.More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamTravellers planning a trip to the island of Hawaii can contact the Hawaii Tourism United States Call Center at 1-800-GOHAWAII for more information. For other updates, go to http://hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/special-alert/.