‘The Kilauea effect’: Visitor arrivals, expenditures down in February

  • Laura and Emma Hawkins, visiting from Oregon, take off for their ride on UFO Parasail on Tuesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • UFO Parasail crew member Jonathon Russell adjusts the harness on Oregon visitor Emma Hawkins Tuesday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Laura and Emma Hawkins, visiting from Oregon, take off on their ride with UFO Parasail on Tuesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Garrett and Kaelyn Vass from Oregon enjoy their ride on UFO Parasail Tuesday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Tatum and Lola Grambow from Wisconsin enjoy their ride on UFO Parasail Tuesday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Crew member Jonathon Russell gives final instructions to Wisconsin visitors Tatum and Lola Grambow on the UFO Parasail boat Tuesday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Visitors on a Green Travel and Tour Agency eat samples and watch the hand dipping process Thursday at Big Island Candies in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
  • Visitors walk through a display of crystal butterflies and chocolates Thursday at Big Island Candies in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

  • Visitors on a Green Travel and Tour Agency tour pose for pictures in front of a display Thursday at Big Island Candies in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
  • Visitors on a Green Travel and Tour Agency eat samples and watch the hand dipping process Thursday at Big Island Candies in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
  • Visitors on a Green Travel and Tour Agency tour look a chocolates Thursday at Big Island Candies in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

  • Tatum and Lola Grambow from Wisconsin enjoy their ride on UFO Parasail Tuesday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — Big Island tourism has fallen to near-2017 numbers in the aftermath of the Kilauea eruption.