Lava claims another business in the eyes of economics

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Businesses on Hawaii Island are still feeling the economic punch of Pele's path, forcing the closure of one long-time tour company.

Since the eruption of Kilauea began in May, many visitors canceled trips and reservations at area hotels and adventure companies in fear of hazardous conditions.

Small businesses suffered, workers were laid off, and for a while, visitors just stopped coming.

Jack's Tours is the latest company to be hit hard after they announced earlier this week they were shutting down operations.

In a statement on their website, the company said:

We regret to announce that we will be closing down our business and operations.  Our last day of providing services will be July 31, 2018.  The downturn in tourism due to the volcanic activity on Hawaii Island has affected our business significantly and, unfortunately, we are unable to continue operations due to the significant decrease in business levels with no foreseeable improvement in the near future.  We are very grateful for your business and support, and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

The Hilo-based company offered various tour options to visitors of Hawaii Island.

It is not yet clear how many employees will be affected by the closure.

Hawaii News Now reached out to the company for additional comment. We are waiting to hear back.

This story may be updated.

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