Tourists view Mauna Loa from the Mauna Kea Access Road. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)
Visitors arrive at Kona International Airport. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
Tourists watch as lava from the 61G flow enters the ocean in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
Tourists walk through the Thurston Lava Tube at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
KAILUA-KONA — The mission for a handful of lucky Central Pacific Bank employees, should they choose to accept it, is to take a free flight to Hawaii Island and spend $100 of company money to help boost tourism in a county that’s seen a harsh downturn in its primary industry over the last three months.