Blogging about "VOG" in Hawaii

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Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

"VOG" is Volcanic Air Pollution.  Oahu experiences "VOG" when trade winds change direction after there has been volcanic action on the island of Hawaii or otherwise known as the Big Island.  The winds will blow this volcanic air pollution towards us and make our little world look all hazy.

Following are pictures I took today from down the street from where I live in Waipio Gentry on the island of Oahu and viewing the downtown Honolulu area. In the far background is Diamond Head and usually there is an unobstructed view with blue clear skies.

                                View from "Cliffside Villages" to Pearl Harbor to Downtown Honolulu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View on left taken 2 hours later from the park by my house    View on right is at the Central Oahu Regional Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on Vog.....Click here for Vog Index and  Current Vog Conditions

May 18, 2007 News story on Lava delta lost 23 acres in latest collapse (a chunk of Kileauea Volcano on the Big Island crashed into the ocean. Quote:  Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory had originally estimated the May 10 lava delta collapse at East Lae'apuki at 16 acres, but now say it's closer to 23. Also, new cracks in the lava delta have been observed, hinting at further collapses.

Courtesy of USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory                     Check out the crack!

 

Other Interesting Info:

Visitor and Newcomer Safety Tips for Hawaii!

HAWAIIAN Spirits and Superstitions

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Ginger:  Look at you with your flower lei!  Thanks for sharing the pic...and this is rare for us to have so much vog...it's supposed to clear up by tonight!

Ines (and Rick) We just get that once in awhile....don't you folks have wind that blows away the pollution?

Robert:  I'll have you go golfing with mom...she's 79 and whoops men's butts!

Pete:  Yeah, I haven't been to the Big Island since High School....haha!

Steph: It'll be gone by tomorrow. Natural occurances.

May 23, 2007 02:48 PM #8
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Inga Czech
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Wow!  I too have never heard of VOG.  Very interesting to know.  I have never been to the Islands but I will be out there at the end of June.  I am flying to Honolulu and then will be cruising around the Islands!  Woo Hoo!  I cant wait.  I will have to email you and get some helpful ideas on what the must see sights are! :o)
May 23, 2007 03:38 PM #9
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Inga:  Only in Hawaii! Let me know if I can give you some tips! Make sure and read my Safety Tips for Hawaii!
May 23, 2007 03:40 PM #10
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Thank you Sally!  I will definately check out that blog too! :o)

May 23, 2007 04:21 PM #11
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Sally - you have been a really busy girl - more great info - what can I say - you totally inspire me. Fabulous local content! 
May 23, 2007 06:27 PM #12
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Cyndee:  You are always here to support me....thanks bunches!
May 24, 2007 03:48 AM #13
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Randy Prothero
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The volcano has been pouring a lot a lava the last week.

May 26, 2007 08:32 PM #14
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Well, the weather finally cleared up with the changing trade winds.
May 27, 2007 05:15 AM #15
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Fortunately when I was on the Big Island last year there was no VOG. It was a beautiful island - no time to drive to the volcano, and too windy to fly to it.
Jun 04, 2007 11:57 AM #16
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Sharon: The vog hits when there's a bunch of action going on and comes this way when trade winds change directions.

Ethan:  Yeah.,..all our lot values go up (supposedly) every year around assessment time..hahaha.

Jun 04, 2007 12:40 PM #18
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Laura
I've been getting nothing but migraines, sore throat and bronchitis since the VOG went up. I feel terrible..I hope it subsides soon. From the Big Island
Apr 26, 2008 04:16 AM #19
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The vog has been really bad on Oahu...worse than the pictures above from last year.  Sometimes it can be as bad as an industrial area type pollution. Take care Laura.
Apr 26, 2008 04:50 AM #20
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debbie

Ive lived on the big island for 17 years and every year the vog seems to be getting worse.  I constainly live with migraines, virtago and extremely tired.   I have noticed my tongue burning when it's voggy.   I'm ready to move off this rock. 

Apr 26, 2008 04:46 PM #21
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debbie:

 Some links of the stories we're hearing....  What does your doctor advise? 

http://www.hawaii-county.com/cd/message.htm

http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/503009.html

 http://www.khnl.com/Global/story.asp?S=7923911

 

 

 

 

Apr 27, 2008 04:40 AM #22
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debbie

 

My family doctor hasn't given me any advise, only pills and shots.  I went to a ear nose and throat  doctor that recently moved to the big island. Prior to moving here he did some research on the health effects of the vog and  didn't find anything, although in talking with him he said that there were more cases of liver and throat cancer here than anywhere. He thought maybe it could be something in the water and wanted to do a more research.   Makes you wonder if  it isn't related to the vog.  I personally don't think they would ever tell us if they found out.  Property values & tourism would go to hell. 

Apr 27, 2008 01:59 PM #23
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carol

hey there ...I live on the big island above kona and I used to have a killer veiw of the ocean ...now all i see is vog ...been about 5 months with out seeing the water....I wondered if any one get migranes or other problems with it ...I get them alot now ...thanks Carol

Aug 14, 2008 05:05 AM #24
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Carol,

What I found that helps a little is to sleep with an air purifer and air conditioning. 

 

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Aug 24, 2008 06:42 AM #25
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That is really interesting. We have a similar type of pollution in Texas (not from a volcano) . In Mexico at certain time of the year thousand of acres of sugar cane are set ablaze prior to harvest and the pacific winds push the smoky haze northeast in to Texas. Kind of a pain especially for anyone who spend time outdoors.

OK I understand VOG is Volcanic smog...correct why don't they call it VAP for Volcanic air pollution? Oh never mind it's still "smoke in your eyes!

Aug 24, 2008 06:56 AM #26
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Great post.  I just heard about VOG. We are thinking about moving out there. I have a son that has asthma. How does this affect that, and also, which areas are better, worse?  Are there a lot of property management companies there?

THanks for the post.

Jan 29, 2010 05:52 PM #27
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What island are you moving to? 

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