I have visited the Big Island of Hawaii about five times. SOFI held a 4-day conference at Kona on the Big Island. I have flown over this active volcano on the Hilo side of the island in a helicopter and looking down into the volcano.
Today, many of the roads on the Hilo side of the island are shut down. It is very difficult to get around and the air in some areas is filled with toxic sulfur dioxide gas. Field inspections take more time to complete and inspectors need to ask for more money.