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How's the Air Quality in Waikoloa?

Discussion in 'US - Hawaii Timesharing' started by PDXGolfer, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. PDXGolfer

    PDXGolfer TUG Member

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    We have a trip booked for Kings' Land next month, and were wondering how the air quality has been recently with the volcanic activity? I called the resort and, first, the front desk pointed out that they are 100 miles from the volcano (I knew that). But, when I asked specifically if there has been any vog, they acknowledged that there has been and they recommended that I check airnow.com and hawaiicounty.gov. I will do so, of course, but I would also like to hear from those who are there, have been there recently, or have decided to change their plans to visit the Waikoloa area in the near future.

    Thanks.
     
  2. WalnutBaron

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    I have found this site, published by the School Of Ocean & Earth Sciences at the University of Hawaii, to be an excellent source of unbiased information about VOG patterns and which islands are affected. The map currently shows VOG over Waikoloa, but at the lowest concentration levels measured. The forecast does show some increase in concentrations over the next few days, however, although those levels remain at relatively low levels.

    The other thing I like about this tool is that it's fully objective. I'm not sure statements made by local politicians, including the mayor of Hawaii County, are the most reliable sources of information these days. Hawaii (the Big Island, not the state) is really hurting from lost bookings right now because of the volcanic activity.
     
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    This site shows SO2 concentrations and predicts them up to two days into the future. You can play with the layers to see other information, such as winds, temperatures, clouds, waves, etc.
     
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    We stayed at Kohala Suites in the Hilton Waikoloa complex June 5-10. There was a bit of haze when we landed in Kona but it seemed to dissipate as we drove north toward Waikoloa. While we there, it probably mostly impacted the southern portion of the Big Island (Captain Cook and south, and areas around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park).

    For the most part, we were unaffected by the vog, but honestly the axiom "your mileage may vary" will apply, depending on the activities you plan. We spent most of our time around the Waikoloa area (Kailua-Kona, Hapuna Beach State Park, etc.) or nearer to Hilo (waterfalls, botanical gardens, markets). With the exception of myself, no one in our party was interested in getting near Hawaii Volcanoes NP. The biggest impact we likely saw? Lack of crowds. Local merchants mentioned more than once the noticeable drop-off in business, presumably due to cancelled trips or trips not booked.

    Attaching a couple pics: One around sunset from our balcony at the Kohala Suites, one from Waialea beach, about 10 minutes north of the Waikoloa beach area. The point being, vog was hardly an issue on the ground.

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    Thanks everyone for the feedback so far, especially the on-the-ground report from rgong - very helpful!
     
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    At Kings Land right now.
    Beginning of week was clear skies. Overcast by midweek. Yesterday was the first day of cog north of Kona (was a 10000 ft plume of ash yesterday)
    Looks relatively clear this AM
     
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    Thanks for the update. Keep us posted.
     
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    We are headed to Kings' Land in 8 days. I appreciate the updates as well!
     
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    We're here too. Its definitely hazier than I would have liked, but what can you do? We just got back from Pololu, Hawi, and Lapakahi. It was gorgeous. So if you don't like the way things look in Waikoloa, just head north.
     
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    I'll be there in a month, but on a "last minute" cruise. If Pele gets restless again, I assume the ship will just avoid the Big Island or go out to sea some more.
    Trade winds keep blowing the VOG southward!
     
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    We just returned from 2 weeks in Kailua. We played at Waikoloa Village 4 times. No problem with the air. it was a little overcast at times and bright and sunny others. Hilo was perfectly clear, as the trade winds were blowing the VOG over the mountain and polluting the air in Kona down to South Point. We had no problem breathing, and I have lung problems. My biggest disappointment was the blah sunsets. If you could see the sun in was nothing more than an orange blob. BTW be sure to check the golf discount web sites. We got some unbelievable bargains.
     
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    We are at Bay Club now. The vog has been heavy in Kona, but here in Waikoloa, everyday but one has been clear and beautiful. The wind usually picks up in the evening and blows everything out. In Kona, the skies are gray and ugly. I would definitely not want to stay there. That being said, we did the manta ray tour out of Kona and the air did not bother my son or I even though we both have asthma. We even met a local from Kona that is trying to escape the vog by staying at Bay Club!
     
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    Good to hear! We will be there later this month and are looking forward to it.
     
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    In Kona now on ship. Very hazy, can't see Mauna loa at all. Little no winds, the ocean is pretty flat. No problems breathing tho', even for my 90 yo mother on shore.
     
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    I will be on Island the 26 too, but am staying in Kona the first 4 days, will be checking in at KL on the 30th and will be there until the late on the 2nd.

    Are you still there then? We can have a TUG get together.
     

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