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    Be prepared with the right gear

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    If you decide to hike Kileau I would recommend that you come prepared. The terrain is very uneven with smooth and jagged lava formations which can cause you to slip and even take a fall. Make sure to bring a first aid kit.

    On our 8+ hour hike to the edge of the lava flow we encountered many dangers and we were glad we did some reading and prepared ourselves for the hike.

    During the hike I stumbled on the rocky terrain and fell on my knees (I am a klutz). I suffered a scrapped, bloody knee.

    Please follow the park rules as the rangers are not there to enforce them but hope that people are smart enough to stay away from danger.

    We encountered many people trying to do the hike without any preparations especially good walking gear.

    I was glad I brought my hiking boots which saved my feet. My travel partner had a pair of regular Timberland boots and at the end of the hike had bloody blisters which lasted a few weeks.

    Knowledge is the key to safety.

    Lava flow
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    Watch out for that tick bite

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    Lyme Disease - Caused by a bacteria which is transmitted to animals or humans through a bite from an infected tick. The CDC has reported that the tick that carries the Lyme Disease is found in 48 of the 50 states, Hawaii is one of them.

    It is said that in about 50% of humans infected there is a characteristic rash or lesion called erythema migrans which is seen and which will occur about a few days to a few weeks after being infected. Around the same time flu-like symptoms may also develop with headaches, sore throat, stiff neck, fever, muscle aches and pains, fatigue and general malaise.

    If left untreated the symptoms may disappear, but more serious health issues may appear months or years later. Neurological or severe joint pain are among the main health problems.

    The bacteria can be treated with a serious of antibiotics which should be taken for about three weeks. This is a serious disease and once you are diagnosed your doctor is obligated to report it to the CDC. The CDC may contact you to find out more details of the location of your bite.

    During my trip to The Big Island, I must have been bitten by one of these ticks. I never had the characteristic rash, but after having severe knee pains for what seemed like months, I had my doctor run a series of blood work which included the test for Lyme. Much to both of our surprise I was diagnosed with this disease. I was treated with three weeks of heavy antibiotics.

    As of this writing, I do not exhibit any signs of lingering Lyme disease according to my doctor and should be cured.

    My advice, PLEASE wear BUG REPELLENT, you just never know where or when you can be bitten.

    For more informaton about Lyme Disease or the Deer Tick that carries the bacteria, check out
    www.cs.mu.edu

    Four stages of the Deer Tick
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    Watch your speed!

    by GracesTrips Updated Sep 2, 2014

    Luckily, I read this warning before my trip and was glad to know about it in advance. The police are out to get speeders! There are long stretches of highway from one city to the next and not many crossroads or lights to slow you down. So, it's easy to forget about how fast you are going. There are many, and I'm mean many, maximum speed zones that range from 25 miles an hour to 55 miles an hour. Nothing over 55! There are also signs that post a minimum speed, too!

    The police on the Big Island drive various vehicles that are unmarked (not black and white or striped). They are using small SUV's like Toyota 4Runners and Ford Mustangs that may be black, blue and/or silver. You can tell it's a police car because they have a singular round blue light on top (not a bar of lights across the top). With the dark color of the car, the light is not that visible.

    Speeding tickets are hefty! I think I saw a sign posted for US$250.00 for a speeding. So, take caution because you don't want a ticket to ruin your vacation.

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    Mosquito and other Insects

    by cjg1 Written Aug 19, 2013

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    Wherever there is foliage and flowers you will find bugs. Mosquitos and Ticks in particular are the nasty critters you want to be wary of. My wife and I always travel with bug repellent (OFF) so we don't go home with any bug bites as souvenirs.

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    Rugged Terrain

    by cjg1 Written Aug 19, 2013

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    The Big Island has some beautiful sights to see but many of them require walking/hiking over rugged terrain or uneven surfaces. Make sure you take the appropriate footwear such as a good pair of hiking books if you are to venture into the more untamed lanscape. In particular when visiting Volcano National Park; wear good hiking boots; your feet will thank you.

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    Car Safety

    by cjg1 Written Aug 19, 2013

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    If you don't want to part with your belongings; don't leave them in your car. It is quite common to have your car broken into here so be careful. Leave items in the trunk and not visible to passers by.

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    Hawaii is the United States!!!

    by cjg1 Written Jul 25, 2013

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    Yes, tourists can be idiots at times. We overheard many a tourist talk about how different Hawaii is to the United States... Hawaii is the United States you ***, just like Puerto Rico belongs to the US and is not its own country !!!!! Uggg...how frustrataing it was to hear it and watch native Hawaiians cringe.

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    Pay Attention to Posted Signs

    by cjg1 Written Jul 25, 2013

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    It is very important to pay attention to posted signs. During our explorations there were signs posted to alert you to many dangers; landslides, falling rocks, dangerous cliffs and unsafe swimming areas. If you want a safe visit without need of a hospital or hearse; pay attention to the warnings.

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    When it Rains...........

    by cjg1 Written Apr 4, 2013

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    The Big Island does see alot of Rain which at times can be quite heavy, lasting several days. Flooding can occur and walking trains can become unsafe. Make sure to pay attention to trail markers, warning signs and to use good judgement.

    During our trip we arrived after a long bout of rain. Sveral roadways still had evidence of flooding and some walking trails were deemed unsafe. Don't make vacation dangerous and be smart about natural hazzards.

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    Do Not Remove Lava Rocks!

    by cjg1 Written Mar 8, 2013

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    Yes, you want a souvenir of your vacation but do not remove any lava rocks. As superstition goes; removal of the rocks angers the volcano goddess Pele and brings bad luck to the person. So just go buy a souvenir from ABC...

    "Take only pictures; leave only footprints." "Take only gifts you are given (like flower lei’s); and leave only with Aloha."

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    The Sun is Strong

    by cjg1 Written Mar 8, 2013

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    It's always important to be aware of the sun. Relaxing on a beautiful beach with a breeze can make you easily forget to check you skin for signs of a sunburn. We always slather on the sunblock; usually SPF 100 and make sure to re-apply requently. Liz and I both brings hats to ensure our faces do not fry in the sun.

    The best thing to do is avoid peak burn times that are from 11am-3pm. We usaully get ourselves some lunch, drinks and shopping during this time to avoid getting crispy.

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    Be careful of Breathing in too much Volcanic Steam

    by kharmencita Written Dec 2, 2012

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    The cloudy, humid Steam looks harmless but...
    The steam contain hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide in which prolonged exposure especially inhaling too much of it can be very dangerous which results breathing problems(Dyspnoe)and when longer exposure with lower dosage will damage the lung function and cause lung disease. Hydrogen sulfide is odorless and paralyzes the sense of smell. So even a low concentration causes lung damages already but high dosage is poisonous..

    Location: north side of Crater Rim Drive and crater on the Kilauea Iki Trail.

    too much concentration causes lung damage! contains sulfur dioxide also hydrogen sulfide Steam around National Park
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    ´Don´t Challenge Kilauea!!

    by kharmencita Written Jun 20, 2012

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    See this barefooten Lady?

    It is my niece! She walked with Sandals all around. And then removed her sandals showing to the world that the Lava stones and rocks are harmless. Please don´t follow or imitate this. It is your own risk if you do the same she did. Lava rocks can be scharp or even hot and it will hurt you´ll never know.

    a risky act! there are sharp edges of the rocks.. wear the right  hiking shoes. they can be slippery due to rain. be careful! Don��t feed the Goose
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    HONOKAA - NO FOOD HERE!

    by Nathalie_B Written Feb 21, 2009

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    In the afternoon, after exploring the Onomea Trail, the Botanical Gardens and the Akaka Falls a time for lunch has arrived. Driving north we were checking the map looking for the next biggest town that would DEFINITELY have some choices of restaurants. Yeah, right!!!!
    Honokaa was marked on the map as a large town, what we totally forgot is that “large” is a very relative term on the Island with a total population of 200,000 residents, while it feels like there’s only 2,000 and the rest are tourists.
    At 3 pm Honokaa looked like a ghost town with one main street that was totally empty. There was one Indonesian restaurant which we decided to have lunch at, but were told that they only open at 5pm. Then there was another choice, a hole-in-the-wall kind of place but not the one we’d really want to experience. The biggest building in town is the theatre that was built in 1930 and the biggest shock is the gas station that charges 10% above the regular prices.
    There are several shops along the main street but most of them are either grocery stores or the very second hand items that are called “antiques” in Honokaa.
    Bottom line, it’s another experience but not the type that would bring me back to this place, at least not on an empty stomach.

    People's Theatre Honokaa the ghost town

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    Nene

    by Nathalie_B Written Feb 21, 2009

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    Nene is the name of the Hawaiian goose and the official bird of the state of Hawaii. This goose can only be found on the Islands and it is endangered. In fact, it is known as the world’s rarest goose. Driving around the island you’ll notice many road signs warning you about the crossing geese. You’ll spot them along the road and they seem to be fearless and used to humans.
    Right now there are more Nene living in captivity that in the nature, since it almost completely disappeared and humans did everything possible to increase the population of this special bird.
    Avoid feeding, chasing, or harming Nene, they are cute creatures that deserve to be treated nicely and be protected. If you spot Nene warning sign, please slow down and keep away from them, remember they can’t fly away like a pigeon or other bird, all they can do is run for they lives, and not so fast either.
    Harming or harassing Nene will result in $100,000 fine and 1 year in jail!!!

    Nene XNIG

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