One of the decisions we had to make when we decided to buy a vacation home in Hawaii was not only what island but what side of the island. There is a lot to be said for living on the eastern side of Big Island, a lot more lush vegetation, but it also has an active volcano. Getting insurance for a home is very expensive in Puna. Which is why home prices are so much less.
Ultimately, though, for me it came down to the coqui. Too loud. Amazing how such tiny things can produce such loud sounds.
That doesn't mean living in Kailua-Kona has no downside. We still get vog. It usually lasts only a day or two and the winds carry it away. But islanders on Big Island have had heavy vog carried over to Kailua-Kona for the past month, and it's not letting up. The difference is literally almost night and day.
Of course, this is nothing when compared to the all of the displaced residents from the Puna District who have lost their homes to lava. If you want to make a donation to help provide disaster assistance, I suggest the nonprofit: Hawaii Food Basket.
You can read more, learn some facts about volcanoes and see the photographs of vog vs no vog in my personal blog today at this link: What a Difference: Vog vs No Vog on Hawaii Island.