Hawaii’s Tourism Industry Suffers As Kilauea Continues To Erupt | NBC Nightly News


AND NOW FIGHTING TO
BRING PROFITS BACK TO
PARADISE. BRING PROFITS BACK TO
PARADISE.
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HAS THE STORY. NBCS MIGUEL AMALGEUR HAS THE STORY.>>Reporter: ITS ONE HAS THE STORY.>>Reporter: ITS ONE OF THE MOST>>Reporter: ITS ONE OF THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE ERUPTIONS OF THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE ERUPTIONS SINCE KILAUEA STARTED DESTRUCTIVE ERUPTIONS SINCE KILAUEA STARTED BUBBLING AGAIN 35 SINCE KILAUEA STARTED BUBBLING AGAIN 35 YEARS AGO. BUBBLING AGAIN 35 YEARS AGO. AND WHILE THERES NO YEARS AGO. AND WHILE THERES NO DOUBT THE ONGOING AND WHILE THERES NO DOUBT THE ONGOING DISASTER IS DOUBT THE ONGOING DISASTER IS DEVASTATING DISASTER IS DEVASTATING COMMUNITIES IN THIS DEVASTATING COMMUNITIES IN THIS AREA, ITS ALSO COMMUNITIES IN THIS AREA, ITS ALSO IMPACTING THE ENTIRE AREA, ITS ALSO IMPACTING THE ENTIRE ISLANDS NUMBER ONE IMPACTING THE ENTIRE ISLANDS NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY. ISLANDS NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY. TOURISM. INDUSTRY. TOURISM. THE BIGGEST HIT CAME TOURISM. THE BIGGEST HIT CAME RIGHT AFTER EARLY THE BIGGEST HIT CAME RIGHT AFTER EARLY MAYS ERUPTION. RIGHT AFTER EARLY MAYS ERUPTION.>>CANCELATIONS WERE MAYS ERUPTION.>>CANCELATIONS WERE ISLAND WIDE, FROM THE>>CANCELATIONS WERE ISLAND WIDE, FROM THE HIGHEST LUXURY HOTEL ISLAND WIDE, FROM THE HIGHEST LUXURY HOTEL DOWN TO THE SMALLEST HIGHEST LUXURY HOTEL DOWN TO THE SMALLEST BED AND BREAKFAST. DOWN TO THE SMALLEST BED AND BREAKFAST.>>Reporter: THE BED AND BREAKFAST.>>Reporter: THE HOSKINS FAMILY OF OHIO>>Reporter: THE HOSKINS FAMILY OF OHIO WORRIED BUT CAME HOSKINS FAMILY OF OHIO WORRIED BUT CAME ANYWAY. WORRIED BUT CAME ANYWAY.>>WE WERENT SURE ANYWAY.>>WE WERENT SURE WHAT TO DO.>>WE WERENT SURE WHAT TO DO. WERE NOT FROM AROUND WHAT TO DO. WERE NOT FROM AROUND HERE AND DIDNT KNOW. WERE NOT FROM AROUND HERE AND DIDNT KNOW.>>Reporter: NOW HERE AND DIDNT KNOW.>>Reporter: NOW RESORTS, HOTELS AND>>Reporter: NOW RESORTS, HOTELS AND EVEN RESTAURANTS AND RESORTS, HOTELS AND EVEN RESTAURANTS AND AIRLINES ARE OFFERING EVEN RESTAURANTS AND AIRLINES ARE OFFERING DEALS AND REASSURANCE. AIRLINES ARE OFFERING DEALS AND REASSURANCE. DESPERATELY TRYING TO DEALS AND REASSURANCE. DESPERATELY TRYING TO LURE BACK SIGHTSEERS. DESPERATELY TRYING TO LURE BACK SIGHTSEERS. THE ISLANDS VISITORS LURE BACK SIGHTSEERS. THE ISLANDS VISITORS BUREAU STRESSING THE ISLANDS VISITORS BUREAU STRESSING ALMOST EVERYTHING IS BUREAU STRESSING ALMOST EVERYTHING IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. ALMOST EVERYTHING IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.>>THIS IS TRULY OPEN FOR BUSINESS.>>THIS IS TRULY ISOLATED TO A VERY,>>THIS IS TRULY ISOLATED TO A VERY, VERY SMALL SECTION OF ISOLATED TO A VERY, VERY SMALL SECTION OF OUR ISLAND. VERY SMALL SECTION OF OUR ISLAND.>>Reporter: IN FACT, OUR ISLAND.>>Reporter: IN FACT, JUST ABOUT 1% OF THE>>Reporter: IN FACT, JUST ABOUT 1% OF THE LAND HERE IS IMPACTED JUST ABOUT 1% OF THE LAND HERE IS IMPACTED BY THE ERUPTION. LAND HERE IS IMPACTED BY THE ERUPTION. THE ISLAND, THE BY THE ERUPTION. THE ISLAND, THE LARGEST IN THE STATE, THE ISLAND, THE LARGEST IN THE STATE, IS MORE THAN 4,000 LARGEST IN THE STATE, IS MORE THAN 4,000 SQUARE MILES. IS MORE THAN 4,000 SQUARE MILES. HAWAIIS VOLCANOS SQUARE MILES. HAWAIIS VOLCANOS NATIONAL PARK IS ONE HAWAIIS VOLCANOS NATIONAL PARK IS ONE OF THE ISLANDS MOST NATIONAL PARK IS ONE OF THE ISLANDS MOST POPULAR TOURIST OF THE ISLANDS MOST POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATIONS WITH MORE POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATIONS WITH MORE THAN 2 MILLION DESTINATIONS WITH MORE THAN 2 MILLION VISITORS LAST YEAR THAN 2 MILLION VISITORS LAST YEAR ALONE BUT NOW AFTER VISITORS LAST YEAR ALONE BUT NOW AFTER THIS ERUPTION ALONE BUT NOW AFTER THIS ERUPTION BUSINESSES ACROSS THE THIS ERUPTION BUSINESSES ACROSS THE BIG ISLAND ARE TAKING BUSINESSES ACROSS THE BIG ISLAND ARE TAKING A HIT. BIG ISLAND ARE TAKING A HIT. ALMOST 100 MILES AWAY A HIT. ALMOST 100 MILES AWAY ITS HAVING RIPPLE ALMOST 100 MILES AWAY ITS HAVING RIPPLE EFFECTS ON THE ITS HAVING RIPPLE EFFECTS ON THE ISLANDS WEST SIDE, EFFECTS ON THE ISLANDS WEST SIDE, THE KONA COAST. ISLANDS WEST SIDE, THE KONA COAST. CLEARLY THERE AND THIS THE KONA COAST. CLEARLY THERE AND THIS HILTON RESORT IS CLEARLY THERE AND THIS HILTON RESORT IS FEELING THE PINCH. HILTON RESORT IS FEELING THE PINCH.>>NATURALLY THERE FEELING THE PINCH.>>NATURALLY THERE HAVE BEEN CANCELATIONS>>NATURALLY THERE HAVE BEEN CANCELATIONS THAT HAVE COME HAVE BEEN CANCELATIONS THAT HAVE COME THROUGH. THAT HAVE COME THROUGH. OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF THROUGH. OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF PEOPLE AROUND THE OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD CONCERNED ABOUT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON. WORLD CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON.>>Reporter: CAPTAIN WHAT IS GOING ON.>>Reporter: CAPTAIN ZODIAK BOAT TOUR OWNER>>Reporter: CAPTAIN ZODIAK BOAT TOUR OWNER SAID PROFITS AND JOBS ZODIAK BOAT TOUR OWNER SAID PROFITS AND JOBS ARE ALSO AT STAKE. SAID PROFITS AND JOBS ARE ALSO AT STAKE.>>WE HAVE EMPLOYEES ARE ALSO AT STAKE.>>WE HAVE EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE>>WE HAVE EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE FAMILIES. AND EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE FAMILIES. AND THEY DEPEND ON US. FAMILIES. AND THEY DEPEND ON US.>>Reporter: ONE AND THEY DEPEND ON US.>>Reporter: ONE REASSURING SIGN, A>>Reporter: ONE REASSURING SIGN, A MAJOR CRUISE LINER REASSURING SIGN, A MAJOR CRUISE LINER THAT STOPS SERVICE TO MAJOR CRUISE LINER THAT STOPS SERVICE TO PORT HERE WILL BE BACK THAT STOPS SERVICE TO PORT HERE WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK. PORT HERE WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK. A SMALL BIT OF HOPE NEXT WEEK. A SMALL BIT OF HOPE EVEN AS THERES NO END A SMALL BIT OF HOPE EVEN AS THERES NO END IN SIGHT FOR THE

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