posted on Sep, 13 2004 @ 02:08 PM
The island of Hawaii is still largely empty around the volcanos themselves - empty by what those of us who live neat cities consider empty. The
volcanos on Hawaii are continuously spitting lava and you can often see flow when visiting the island.
What's interesting is the sudden push for Hawaiian interest. Several new TV shows are out about Hawaii, there are all sorts of new ads for Hawaii
tourism, Tourist magazines have also been pushing Hawaii as the premiere spot to vacation in the last year or so. Even IHOP has a new Hawaiian themed
Now, volcanos are ready to explode! There are warning signs! Thats the same thing that we were told 3 years ago when I was there - the same facts
about frequent rumbling. Need publicity and tourism? Throw a story out about volcanos or fireballs or some other natural disaster. People love it.
Before everyone jumps on me about "Florida isn't loving the hurricaines!" I'll say "you're right." But there's a difference. Volcanos are not
as immediately life threatening unless you are directly on them. You can walk away from lava flows. People walk up to them and stare in awe as their
shoes melt. You can be far enough away from a volcano - say another island - to be able to observe it, or take a trip to see it once you know where
the flow will be. It's exciting and beautiful.