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Travel agencies feeling effects of Hawaii volcano eruption

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Over the last week, the main island of Hawaii has been devastated by volcanoes and earthquakes.

The disruptions have been so large, it’s caused some travel agencies and airlines to cancel trips entirely.

On Monday, Greg Oyape arrived in Rhode Island for business.

“Not much, restrictions coming from Oahu,” Oyape said. 

Oyape said he had a long journey from Hawaii, including at least three layovers. 

Luckily, Oyape doesn’t live on the Big Island where the volcano erupted, but even hundreds of miles away he said he felt the impacts.

“We could feel the earthquakes that were going on,” Oyape said.

In Rhode Island, travel plans to Hawaii have been impacted. 

Collete Tours, a travel agency that operates out of Pawtucket, sent Eyewitness News a statement:

“We have been in touch with our employees, guests and suppliers throughout the weekend and in an abundance of caution, we canceled our extension to the Big Island over the weekend and flew our guests home early from Maui. Our future tours are operating as planned, but we will continue to monitor the situation and advise our guests if any travel plans will be affected.”

Oyape says those who live there know the risks, but it’s still a shock.

“You live on an island that’s got an active volcano for many, many years. You never know when it’s going to pop,” Oyape said.

Collette Tours said currently, most airlines are offering the ability to change plans for those ticketed prior to May 5 and traveling to the Big Island up to May 20.

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