Safety Tips in Maui

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    The Narrow Winding Hana Highway and Traffic

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 13, 2013

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    The Maui coast highways wind around the island and the views of the cliffs below, the water and sometimes waterfalls along the way are amazing but beware of the traffic, especially the tour busses that careen around the turns and take both lanes of the two lane roadways. They drive these roads every day and drive them fast and without much regard for others on the road. See one coming? My advice is to beware and slow down (also get as close to the side of the road as possible if you meet one on a curve). And don't let the scenery allow you to take your eyes off the road. If you want to look at the amazing view, pull over to the side of the road and be safe!

    The Hana Highway Take heed of the speed limits and curvy road signs Superb roadside waterfalls but watch the road!
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    Nature Can Be Dangerous!

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 13, 2013

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    Many of the places described here (the blow holes, cliffs and ocean for example) can be very dangerous! This is not a created amusement park with built-in safety features, this is nature, Honor it and take according care.

    Safety can never be guaranteed in ocean and wildlands. Storms, strong currents, high surf and turbulent waters periodically and sometimes unexpectedly affect visitors, particularly during winter months. Vandalism can also make an area unsafe. As a safety precaution, familiarize yourself with the safety tips on the DLNR web page:

    http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/

    DLNR, Division of State Parks
    P.O. Box 621
    Honolulu, HI 96809

    email: dlnr@hawaii.gov

    Cliffs above the ocean Blowholes can knock you over & pull you out to sea Beautiful waterfalls but the rocks are slippery The waves can hide coral reefs
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    cabins at Waianapanapa scheduled for renovations

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 10, 2013

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    ADVISORY: The cabins at Waianapanapa, Mauai are scheduled for renovations and a new wastewater system. To avoid problems with reservations and cancellations during the construction period, the Division of State Parks has temporarily canceled the one year availability reservation period. Instead, until we have a definite construction start date, the cabins will be made available for only four month periods (e.g. this month and the next three months).

    In the event an existing reservation cannot be accommodated due to the construction, we will send you an advance notice and a full refund will be issued.

    PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION:
    https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/all,details,1684.html

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    Hawaiian Coast Highways

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 3, 2013

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    The coast highways wind around the islands and the views of the cliffs below, the water and sometimes waterfalls along the way are amazing but beware of the traffic, especially the tour buses that careen around the turns and take both lanes of the two lane roadways. They drive these roads every day and drive them fast and without much regard for others on the road. See one coming? My advice is to beware and slow down (also get as close to the side of the road as possible if you meet one on a curve). And don't let the scenery allow you to take your eyes off the road. If you want to look at the amazing view, pull over to the side of the road and be safe!

    The road was worse than this sign!
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    Flying Cockroaches

    by JulieJueletha Written Nov 29, 2013

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    Cockroaches are alive and well in Hawaii! We had a lot ( A LOT) of them in the dense Hawaiian jungle, but they are also found in developed areas, like our Hotel in Waimea (located in the narrow area called the (ithsmus) between the West and East land masses of Maui). These cockroaches are 5-6 inches in length, have wings, fly and come out in force at night. A tip is to ALWAYS shake out your clothes well before putting them on and check your shoes (or slippers) before sliding your feet in. I had the unfortunate experience of just bringing the folded hotel towels into the shower with me and wrapping my hair up in one without shaking it out. A huge cockroach was in it and got tangled in my hair. I did a lot of screaming at the bugs and creatures on this trip to Hawaii but this incident won hands down. Not only did I scream non-stop while trying to get the thing out of my long hair, but continued to scream after my husband had come in, un-wove it from my hair, and squashed it flat (which took a few very strong blows). Eventually I calmed down but I never again forgot to check towels, clothes, etc.

    "Hawaii State Senate Bill 1533 clarifies that a person commits the offense of cruelty to animals in the second degree if the person kills animals without need."

    This Bill has been interpreted by some as protecting cockroaches as well. But the "without need" part seems plain to me. Cockroaches I encountered all needed to die. *smiles*

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    Killing Cockroaches

    by JulieJueletha Updated Nov 29, 2013

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    In Hawaii, Senate Bill 1533 clarifies that a person commits the offense of cruelty to animals in the second degree if the person kills animals without need.

    This Bill has been interpreted by some as protecting cockroaches as well. There was quite a debate over it and honestly I do not know what the final outcome was, but beware before you go, or do your killing spree in private (that's a joke).

    Just for information, these cockroaches are 5-6 inches in length, have wings, fly and are everywhere but like dark places and come out in force at night.

    Winged Hawaiian cockroach
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    Flash Flooding!!

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    Throughout Maui and in particular in areas near waterfalls, rivers and ocean you will come across all sorts of signs heeding warning of flash floods and other dangers.

    Take precaution and obey the signs as a sudden and unexpected flooding can occur during any rain fall.

    This particular sign was at the river at Iao Needle State Park.

    Warning sign
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    Please don't do this!!

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    As I noted in my Oahu tip, the traditional Hawaiians believe that every living thing has a life and a place of its own. Everything from a plant, stone, shell, sand, animal should be left without removing it from its natural home.

    As travelers we should learn to respect other cultures by obeying written and unwritten laws. Be an informed traveler, read about the places you are visiting and the traditions and cultures that make that location unique.

    I was totally disgusted at what I saw during our visit to the Black Sand Beach. This couple with clear plastic bags full of the black sand!! Tsk, tsk I wanted to say something so badly, but Ferni stopped me. I just don't understand what they were thinking!

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    Dangers of the Ocean

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    The warning signs found in many of the beaches, cliffs and waterfalls are there for a reason. Heed the warning signs and proceed with caution.

    Maui is a beautiful natural island and there is so much to see and do, but not at the cost of injuring yourself. Take a moment to read the caution signs an understand the dangers and risks you may be taken.

    Warning sign at Black Sand Beach
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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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    Traffic and Road Closures on Hana Highway

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 20, 2013

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    Hana Highway can be dangerous as there are many twists and turns and due to flooding some or all of the highway may be closed at any given time. During our latest visit there were closures at certain parts of the highway, as well as many one lane closures plus this over-turned truck which blocked one of the lanes for miles.

    For up to the minute closures, check out the link below of Hana Highway closures and please take precaution when driving.

    Over turned truck on Hana Highway Backed up traffic Lane closures
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    Not everyone is friendly in Hawaii

    by Nevo Written Aug 21, 2007

    Be conscious of what you say in Hawaii and how you portray yourself in public. Not everyone that we came across had the "aloha spirit" we were so eager to encounter. Unfortunately, we had 2 different encounters back to back days that almost ended up a disaster.

    a local car stopped in front of me on a narrow road and decided it just felt like talking to a friend on the side of the road. I was polite and waited a bit. After 1 minute of no movement i decided to give a friendly honk. worse mistake of my life. I had about 40 guys giving me looks and telling me if i don't shut up they will kill me (true story). their land, their rules type of attitude. even though its frustrating, just remain calm, its just not worth jepordizing your safety.

    My other incident was in a bar when a local told us never to say anything about hawaii unless we are local and almost started fighting with us. Some of these guys are bitter at mainlanders. So just be calm and respectful in public and enjoy the good things Hawaii has to offer...

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    Shark attack!

    by rodrigonp Written Jul 8, 2007

    Be careful on swimming at Maui, because there are several cases of shark attack on the cost area. Generally people do not respect the nature and its rules, and the strongest law is one of the most important nature laws.

    When everybody recommends not to join in the water before 7 am and after 7 pm, follow it, because they know how dangerous is it. At my first week in Maui, 2 people were attacked by sharks in the beach in front of my house, just because they couldn't hear what people say. Of course it's not a high risk to be attacked in Maui, but it happens, then, take care.

    I strongly recommend to follow up the swimming time and not to go far away from the sand, do no try to risk yourself looking forward to discover something new, because everything there was already discovered and the risks are clear too. Talk to a lifeguard before start swimming everywhere.

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    Don't get too close to the ocean!

    by agapotravel Written Feb 25, 2007

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    Nakalele Blowhole on Maui is really impressive. It was shooting 30-40 feet in the air. A woman happened to be standing on the rocks near the ocean (to the right...not visible in the picture)when it started to blow. None of us realized that the water was coming through the rocks where she was standing...we were all focused on the one spot where it was shooting up. It almost knocked her into the ocean. Just a word of caution to be careful where you stand.

    Nakalele Blowhole
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