Why You Shouldn’t Hike Sacred Falls

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources recently reached out to me with a link to the video above. Many of our long time readers know that we had directions to Sacred Falls here. Key word: had. I took down the directions, not because the DLNR asked me to (they didn’t), but because I watched the video and realized that I should. So I did. If you’re thinking of hiking Sacred Falls, there are many good reasons why you should reconsider:

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How To Hike Safely In Hawaii and Other Helpful Tips

There have been a lot of bad press surrounding the Hawaii hiking community, as of late. Over the last three days, there have been four reported incidents of hikers in distress and and two of those incidents resulted in death. 70-year-old Paul Yoon fell between 20-50 feet from the scenic lookout at Mariner’s Ridge on Saturday and 23-year-old Elizabeth Tarpey fell roughly 300 feet from the steep and narrow Puu Manamana trail the following day. In another incident, a 33-year-old man and 13-year-old girl experienced minor injuries from an off-the-beaten path waterfall trail in Manoa, known as Waiakeakua. And on Monday, seven hikers had to be rescued from the Kaau Crater trail in Palolo when they were run off the trail by wild pigs. All four of these trails are non-sanctioned hiking trails.

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