Eruption’s impact on visitor industry could be worse than thought

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The Body Glove gets ready to launch from Kailua Pier on March 21 during a visit by the MS Pride of America. The Body Glove bobbed idly throughout the day Wednesday, tethered to a mooring off Kailua Pier. Manager Michael Bell said the company lost both its tours, a full 200 passengers, because of the cancellation of the MS Pride of America cruise ship’s visits to the Big Island this week.

KAILUA-KONA — Kilauea volcano’s awesome power extends beyond its ability to rattle and reshape the earth that surrounds it.