Reading this article really made me realize the dramatic change that has occurred here on the Big island. I have lived in Hawaii since 1989 and Kilauea was always erupting. The air indeed is much clearer than it has been in years. Particularly in Kona on the Big Island.
I ride my bike down here frequently and the changes are indeed dramatic. Many of the spots mentioned, I have visited and have seen things no one will ever see like the hot ponds. There are now new places and landscapes to explore which is also exciting to me.