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Boater faces $10K fine in illegal lava tour

  • JANICE WEI / NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

    Illegal boat tours continue to get dangerously close to a lava fire hose.

  • JANICE WEI / NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

    Lava spews into the ocean at the Kamokuna entry point. Last month Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando sent a letter to tour boat companies urging them to operate safely. She told them her staff had documented unsafe activities in the water near the lava entry.

A Hawaii island boat owner faces a state fine of $10,000 as the Coast Guard has stepped up enforcement in response to an apparent increase in illegal charters drawn to the Kilauea Volcano lava gushing into the ocean. Read more

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