Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief

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Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief

A glow from the eruption of the Kilauea volcano is seen over Pahoa, Hawaii. The small, rural town of Pahoa is the gateway to the eruption pouring rivers of lava out of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. But ironically it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava – a fact that’s squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy.

Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief

A glow from the eruption of the Kilauea volcano is seen over Pahoa, Hawaii. The small, rural town of Pahoa is the gateway to the eruption pouring rivers of lava out of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. But ironically it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava – a fact that’s squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy.

Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief

Offerings sit on a sign welcoming people to Pahoa, Hawaii. The small, rural town of Pahoa is the gateway to the eruption pouring rivers of lava out of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Tourism to parts of the island has plummeted since the volcano began erupting in a residential neighborhood and burning down homes in May.

Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief

Sunrise is seen over the Kilauea volcano lower East Rift Zone in Hawaii. The small, rural town of Pahoa is the gateway to the eruption pouring rivers of lava out of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Tourism to parts of the island has plummeted since the volcano began erupting in a residential neighborhood and burning down homes in May.

Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief

The small, rural town of Pahoa is the gateway to the eruption pouring rivers of lava out of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Historic wooden buildings lining its main street are just a few miles from where a cinder cone shooting lava into the sky has popped up in people’s yards. Tourism to parts of the island has plummeted since the volcano began erupting in a residential neighborhood and burning down homes in May.

Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief

Visitors take pictures as Kilauea’s summit crater glows red in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. The small, rural town of Pahoa is the gateway to the eruption pouring rivers of lava out of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. However, tourists are avoiding it because the county, citing safety concerns, isn’t allowing the public to get close enough to the lava.