Lava burning up tourism: Economic impact to Hawaii Island could be worse than thought

  • Visitors look at a map while awaiting a tour Tuesday at Greenwell Farms in Kealakekua. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Body Glove gets ready to launch from Kailua Pier on March 21 when the MS Pride of America visited. The Body Glove bobbed idly throughout the day on Wednesday tethered to a mooring off Kailua Pier. Manager Michael Bell said the company lost both its tours, a full 200 passengers, from the cancellation of the MS Pride of America cruise ship. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file)

  • Visitors learn about the soursop tree during a tour Tuesday at Greenwell Farms in Kealakekua. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Visitors stroll down Alii Drive on March 21 during the weekly visit of the MS Pride of America. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file)

KAILUA-KONA — Kilauea Volcano’s awesome power extends beyond its ability to rattle and reshape the earth that surrounds it, destroying property and displacing the people who call those lands home.