Safety Tips in Hawaii (Big Island)

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    Hurricane Season

    by syrin Written Nov 19, 2008

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    Do not go here durring hurricane season. This is such a dissapointmen discovering that the beaches and most roads are being closed due to a hurricane coming. Stuff will more then likely be cancelled if you have activities planned and then you have to reschedule. We were there when hurricane flossie was supposed to hit and the first day we got in late and the second and third day almost everything was closed so we had to cram 7 days worth of stuff into 4 days so we did not have enough time to do all our activities, and had to reschedule everything. Basically there was less relaxing time and more stressing out time. None the less we made the best out of it but when all you want is the first site to be beautiful waters and weather and the first thing you see if overcast it tugs at your heart like on no not me. Thankfully it never hit but that made me more upset because instead of 3 days looking at shops I could of been exploring.

    Hurricane season is from June 1st to the end of November. If you go at these times expect the worse. We just happend to have really bad luck. We went to Japan a year later and hurricane 2 of the season was going to hit. So basically I am a bad omen, hum maybe you should not be reading this or it might rub off. Still the weather year around is warm.

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    View lava safely

    by iammon Written Jul 5, 2008

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    A bench forms as lava enters the ocean. This is unstable land and can collapse. Triggering as well violent explosions that reach far inland. Therefore keep your distance! Tephra jets and coastal lava fountains hurl hot lava inland. Steam blasts toss rocks up t 300 feet in the air. Acid fumes and glass particles can irritate eyes and lungs. Scalding waves burn.
    They organize the viewings very well so you do not have to walk off alone.

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    Gross

    by cynthia41 Written Nov 24, 2007

    My main complaint about Hawaii is the big bugs - the grossest? Cockroaches. Yuck. The closer you are to the water the more likely you'll see them. They wander around like they own the place! Keep the doors closed so they don't wander in that way. Also there are big flying bugs in the evening.

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    Vog Can Turn Hawaii into Seoul!

    by AKtravelers Written Sep 22, 2007

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    The gases emenating from Hawaii's volcanoes are cool -- so unique they even have their own name: vog (for volcanic smog). But they also can be a health hazard -- especially on breezeless days. In fact, the residents of the nearby town of Volcano actually have the same respiratory problems you would expect of someone living in Seoul or Beijing, including a higher than average number of child asthma cases. As a healthy visitor, you shouldn't have any problems, but if you have chronic lung issues, it's best to avoid the park on voggy days. The visitor center will post warnings on those days, as you can see in the adjacent photos.

    Janet, Chris, Maria and kids risk our lungs Taking a picture of the vog warning A voggy day in paradise Kilaeua Crater spews out vog
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    Lava Rock is Sharp!

    by BigBlueOne Written Jun 4, 2007

    If you walk out to where the lava is flowing into the ocean you need to be extremely careful. You are basically walking over the top of cooled lava tubes and if you slip and fall the lava rock is sharp enough to cut you to pieces.

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    Sunscreen... BEST FRIEND!

    by lindseyjo1 Written Feb 19, 2007

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    Some people don't know just how brutal the "tropical sun" can be. Even if you have a base tan... WEAR SUNSCREEN! Its a safe precaution anyways, but the sun in the tropics will burn you without you even knowing that you are getting burnt. Becoming a lobster on your first day of vacation is an easy way to ruin the rest of it!!

    note the BAD tan lines! (and thats w/ sunscreen)
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    Driving Mamalahoa High Way - Kona to Waimea

    by Mikio Written Dec 18, 2006

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    The distance between Kailua-Kona to Cowboy country - Waimea (a.k.a. Kamuela) is roughly 40 miles. I much rather drive the upper road because of its scenic beauty. The destination, Waimea, is at 2,400 (or 800 Meter) elevation. This town has its own charm, and it's worth the visit. BUT, the driving to Waimea from Kona can be very challenging for visitors due to road's many twists and turns. At night, the fog might roll in, and my goodness, it's dark since there's practically NOTHING between the two communities. So, please do avoid driving after dark. Besides, if you drive at night, you don't get to see majestic Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

    Majetic Mauna Kea from Mamalahoa High Way Mauna Kea in front; Mauna Loa behind Church Row in Waimea Town Famous Hills of Waimea
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    Lava is rocky terrain

    by AnnemieB Written Dec 15, 2006

    When you go to the volcanoes, you can walk to near where the lava goes into the ocean. You start walk there late afternoon and then wait until it's dark so you can see the glowing lava. There are ropes everywhere and you need to stay behind them. People have gone missing here before because "new lava" is very unstable and sometimes whole parts just drop into the ocean. Also, when you return it will be pitch black and you need a (good) torch to get back and it might take up to 2 hours. I ran into someone who had fallen and was pretty cut up from the lava. Not trying to scare you off, but if you feel unsure about this, I'd recommend a helicopter ride instead...

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    Saddle Road Not So Bad

    by BigBlueOne Written Dec 4, 2006

    This is more or less debunking a commonly stated danger... Saddle Road that runs across the island isn't that bad at all. Yes you may end up driving through a cloud and around some fairly sharp turns, but if you drive like you have some sense you should make it to the other side.

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    Take no rocks!

    by RickinDutch Updated Sep 11, 2006

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    It may seem superstitious, but it is strongly believed by many that taking rocks/dirt/sand home as a keepsake brings much bad luck to whoever does so.
    I'd heard this many times over the years, but it wasn't until I was chatting with the ranger at Volcano Park that I really believed. She took me into a storeroom filled with packages of rocks and sand sent from unlucky visitors with long letters describing the woe that befell them when they left the island with the forbidden rocks. They empty it out every few months to make room for the next batch.
    Pele guards her fruit closely!

    SOme of those rocks are might tempting!!

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    Do drink enough!!!

    by Jerelis Written Jul 21, 2006

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    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 litre of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking at the Big Island of Hawaiidue to the fact the average temperature is much higher than other areas and the landscape goes up and down.

    Water is essential for everyone, especially if you are hiking. Water helps almost every part of the human body function properly. Our bodies are almost two-thirds water, and proper hydration is essential to keep your body functioning properly during the hike. Some of the things water does in the body are:
    * The brain is 75% water; even moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness;
    * Water regulates body temperature, which is especially important here in the area where the temperatures can be so brutal;
    * Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
    * Blood is 92% water;
    * Water protects and cushions vital organs;
    ·* Water converts food into energy (which is something you will need on a 3 to 4 hour hike…);
    * Muscles are 75% water, and you will use many muscles on a trail as you climb above the desert floor.

    You really need it ...
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    Leave the turtles alone!

    by RickinDutch Written Jun 9, 2006

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    The Big Island has more green turtles than any other island. In the past few years they have started the habit of coming ashore to rest / sunbathe?. For whatever reason they come ashore, please leave them be. They need their rest. It is recommended you stay at least 15 feet away.

    Turtle at city of refuge

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    Lava Rock

    by Mnemosyne Written May 24, 2006

    Hawaii is essentially nothing but lava rock. From a distance it looks very smooth, but up close lava rock is very rough and coarse - not something you'd want to slip and fall on. When walking about on lava rock it is important to wear appropriate shoes and keep your wits about you to avoid a nasty and painful fall.

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    Drive to Stay Alive on the Big Island

    by CanadianFlower Updated May 7, 2006

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    The Big Island is beautiful, but driving is dangerous, worse at night and drunk driving is popular. Read these links for more info.

    Map of Fatal Crashes on the Big Island, Where to Be Really Careful - North Hawaii Outcomes Project (NHOP)
    http://www.nhop.org/documents/LocationsofFatalMVRCinHC96-04Poster.pdf

    News Story: Alcohol-related traffic fatalities up on the Big Island
    http://www.kpua.net/news.php?id=5979

    News Story: Big Island traffic deaths lead to call for action
    http://starbulletin.com/2005/01/30/news/story6.html

    Self Driving the Big Island (Pacific Island Travel site)
    http://www.pacificislandtravel.com/hawaii/tours/bigisland_selfdrive.html

    Report on Hawai'i County Motor Vehicle Related Death Rate & Efforts to Reduce (NHOP)
    http://www.nhop.org/documents/ReportonHawaiicountyMVRCdeathrateandEffortstoImprove112105.pdf

    Instant Hawai'is tips on "Driving Around" and "Driving Safely"
    http://www.instanthawaii.com/cgi-bin/hawaii?Tips

    Government Advice on Driving the Big Island - Scroll down to "Driving Tip"
    http://www.hawaii-county.com/weeklynewsletter/archives/2004/070904.htm#tip

    Excellent Site on All of Hawai'is Highways
    http://www.hawaiihighways.com

    A Typical Day in Kailua A Typical Road in Beautiful Hawai'i
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    HOT +COLD +SUN BURN

    by FRONA Updated Mar 29, 2006

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    And remember, its deserted. Yes there is a toilet about halfways where the roads split. Make sure that your clothes are layered and that you have both combo for hot sun and for a thunderstorm. Its pretty windy up there too. One more very important tip: please take pain killers with you because the air up there is very thin and before you know it you will get hit with a head splitting headache!

    loo
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