Safety Tips in Kauai

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    Hawaiian Monk Seals - endangered species

    by pamstravels Updated Jun 12, 2005

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    Please be aware of the most beautiful creatures next to the humpback whale - the Hawaiian Monk Seal. There are only 30 around the island of Kauai. Occasionally you will find one on the beach sunning itself so please give the animal space and respect. There is a $25,000 fine for bothering these animals.

    We were fortunate enough to see these animals two times on the beach. The second time I had my camera with me. I used my zoom lense to take closeup pictures and give her privacy. This one pictured here came upon my husband while his back was facing the water. He heard a grunt and turned to see this seal coming out of the water about 5 feet from him! Matt decided to stay where he was and the seal kept eyeing him, I guess measuring him up. When she found that Matt was not a threat she moved further out of the water to work on her tan.

    This is my beach!
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    No Need for "Wiki Wiki"

    by keida84 Written Jun 4, 2006

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    Anyone who will be driving on the island of Kauai must take heed of the speed limit signs. The police strongly enforce the posted speed limits. Now anyone who drives on the mainland freeways or internationally as on the Autobahn will find these limits extremely slow. You may be tempted to push it a bit but rest assured, the Kauai police force is out on the side of the road with a radar gun and will pull you over should you exceed these posted limits.

    While you are at it make sure your seat belt is buckled as it is a $92 fine for not "sticking and clicking"

    The highest speed you can travel on Kauai is 50 mph but generally the posted speed limit ranges from 25 to 35 mph and on residential streets 5 to 15 mph!

    So hang loose, slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery. No one wants a speeding or no seat belt ticket.

    Poipu Beach
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    have fun but take care!

    by mindcrime Updated Nov 30, 2009

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    Swimming
    Swimming is a must thing to do in Kaua'i but watch out the big waves at north shore (on east too after october). Always respect signs like this (pic 1) that warns you about dangerous rocks, sharks, currents etc Dont forget that there are many organized beaches with lifeguards on duty.

    driving
    Everyone respects the speed limit, we did and we had the feeling we were driving a kid’s car :) It was weird and funny at the same time, oh yes, it is safe too ;) The signs were clear and although we didn’t have a GPS the Mile Markers on the highways helped us a lot by just looking at the map (even the simple ones)
    Watch out the one lane bridges, we saw several of them on north shore. The rule is if you reach the bridge first and it is empty just pass! If another car is in front of you just follow it. It was stress but there weren’t so many cars anyway…
    Unfortunately, even paradise has its problems. In Kaua’I there are a lot of break ins, so don’t leave ANYTHING in your car that may attract attention. Don’t forget also to get full insurance from your rental company.

    Prices
    Everything is expensive from food to gas, so check always. We preferred getting supplies from the big supermarkets that had way cheaper prices. The gas station on the north shore are even more expensive, especially the last one :)

    Chickens!
    They are everywhere, they are lovely but! But! Make a pray they don’t decide to be outside your room after midnight because they like to crow all the hour! The roosters are known as broken alarm clock! :)

    warning sign calm before the storm? roosters conquered Kaua'i!

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    Big waves

    by Andraf Updated Apr 19, 2004

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    We found out waves are very strong in Kauai. We were there in December and most beaches on the north shore that weren't shilded by reefs were not swimmable because of the high surf. Near Hanakapi'ai beach on Kalalau trail they had posted a list of people who drowned there in the last five years. The list had a few open bullets (quite creppy but I'm guessing an efficient mean of persuasion). The waves were maybe 2 meters high. I was in the water knee deep and I could feel the ocean pulling me.

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    Episode II: Attack of the chickens

    by Andraf Written Dec 6, 2003

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    The island is full of wild chickens. They were once in cages but hurricane Iniki freed them back in 1992. Now they're everywhere, you can see them by the sides of the road, in parking lots etc. They don't really attack you; rather I chased them off trying to take a picture. Our travel guide said that they can be noisy and that if they camp under your window it can unpleasant. But that didn't happen to us so we're left with nice memories of the chickens ;-)

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    Don't Depend on the Railing!!

    by agapotravel Written Feb 25, 2007

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    Hideaways Beach is gorgeous, but as you can see from the pictures, it is a STEEP pathway that leads down to the beach. We were trying to do this in flip-flops (we had no idea it was this steep). We were holding onto the railing for dear life when it broke and we slid for about 10 excruciatingly long feet down the hill. It is so worth it once you get down, but please be careful!

    Be careful with the railing! Hideaways Beach
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  • Leptospirosis

    by Hawaii-5-0 Written Sep 14, 2003

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    Leptospirosis is a disease that may be transmitted from animals to humans.

    Transmission usually occurs by contact with soil or water contaminated with the urine or tissue of an infected animal (wild goats, pigs, rats).

    Symptoms of the bacteria infection are not immediate, and usually begin to appear 7-10 days after the initial contact with the contaminated water or soil. Early symptoms include fever, chills, headaches, muscular pain and gastrointestinal disturbances.
    If left untreated, the central nervous system, kidneys and liver will be also be affected. The mortality rate is low (10%) if left untreated with kidney failure being the most common cause.

    Drug treatment: Penicillin

    Symptoms

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    Beach Safety

    by keida84 Written Jun 7, 2006

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    The beaches on Kaua'i are most enjoyable but it can be dangerous if you do not take heed of what type of currents and tidal forces exsist in the ocean. Swim only where lifeguards patrol, watch the ocean at least 20 minutes prior to entering the water, do not swim or snorkel alone.

    One current that is most common is the "riptide current" here is what you should know if you ever get caught in one.
    *Remain calm--don't panic. Panic can sap your strength and energy
    *Swim across the current or perpendicular to the current's direction
    *Swim parallel to the shoreline and wait for the current to release you--be aware that you may end up 30 to 40 yards downstream--once you are relaesed make it in to shore.

    calm conditions can be deceiving
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    Most Deadly Beaches

    by BlueCollar Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    Kaua‘i has the most visitor drownings than any other island in the State. What makes this statistic even worse is that Kaua‘i has the forth highest visitor count. It has only one-forth the visitor traffic of O‘ahu, just a little less than one-half the visitor traffic of Maui, and about two-thirds the visitor traffic of even the Big Island. This says a lot about just how deadly the beaches are.

    To learn more about the various beaches and the hazards associated with them, go to this website(http://www.kauaiexplorer.com/). The information learned there may just keep you from becoming a statistic.

    People have been swept off the rocks at Lumaha���i The waves break onshore at Lumaha���i Try to wade in that!  Lumaha���i is rough! Steer clear of the rocky point at Ke���e Ke���e looks beautiful.  It hides a deadly secret.
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    Hiking the Kalalau Trail

    by SUSAMY Written Nov 16, 2003

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    The trail can be wicked... especially if it is raining. We wouldn't have gone on the trail that day if we knew what was in store. Ke'e beach was sunny and gorgeous. About 1 mile in, it started raining on the trail. The trail is already so difficult... add in some rain, and it can be really scary! Wear cleats. Or bare feet. Have a walking stick, and plenty of water and snacks.

    The trail is vertical here!
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    Take Special Care around High Surf

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Nov 26, 2005

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    Here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean the surf can sometimes be calm (pacific), but at other times, and especially in the winter, it might be dangerously high. On the north shore of Kauai during our November visit we saw raging surf that only a fool or an idiot would go near. Always study the waves carefully before entering the water, and inquire locally about safe places to swim. Sometimes a dangerous beach can be only a short distance from a safer, more sheltered one.

    Take a look at the signs in the accompanying photos. One of them notes that 82 people have drowned at a single small beach along the Na Pali Coast. Not all of them were swimming. Some were simply too near the shore when an unusually large rogue wave overcame them and swept them away.

    30-foot waves pounding Hanakapiai Beach Warning sign where 82 visitors have died. Beach Warning Signs
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    Missiles

    by kyoub Written Jul 15, 2004

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    If you are looking for the Barking Sands Beach, you can't get there from here.
    The Pacific Missile Range Facility is fronting it and since 9/11 the road is closed.
    Warning, Restricted Area sign is posted.

    Sign
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    Beware of the Red Dirt

    by AKtravelers Written Jan 1, 2007

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    Much of the dirt on Kaua'i is a deep red. While very attractive, it also has the unhappy quality of being nearly mpossible to get out of your clothes. The white socks we wore when we hiked the Na Pali coast remained stained for the remainder of their useful life (which was at least a couple of years). There's a reason why they are able to sell Red Dirt T-shirts -- the stain really stays in the fabric!
    By the way, people who live in areas of red dirt and who have pets are not likely to want light colored wall-to-wall carpet in their houses.

    Carmen demonstrates how to track red dirt
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    Loud Chickens

    by newsphotogirl Written Mar 29, 2006

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    Okay, it's your honeymoon. You're exhausted from the wedding. Free from work obligations. And ready to sleep in! Not if the chickens wandering the grounds of the hotel have any say. There was a rooster that would crow at the top of it's little lungs first thing in the morning. These wild chickens are everywhere. They aren't dangerous, just annoying and funny sometimes.

    Wild chicken at the parking area of Secret Beach

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    Don't store valuables in the car

    by newsphotogirl Updated May 10, 2006

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    We rented a convertible. Our rental agency and our guidebook warned us not to leave anything valuable in the trunk. They are very easily to opened by theives looking for purses and other valuables stashed there while the owners are swimming at the beach nearby.

    How can you not rent a convertible

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