Maui Warnings and Dangers

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Maui Warnings and Dangers

  • The Narrow Winding Hana Highway and...

    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...

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  • Nature Can Be Dangerous!

    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...

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  • cabins at Waianapanapa scheduled for...

    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...

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  • Hawaiian Coast Highways

    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...

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  • Flying Cockroaches

    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...

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  • Killing Cockroaches

    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...

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  • Flash Flooding!!

    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.

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  • Please don't do this!!

    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,...

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  • Dangers of the Ocean

    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.

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  • Do Not Remove Lava Rocks!

    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

    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...

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  • Traffic and Road Closures on Hana...

    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...

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  • Not everyone is friendly in Hawaii

    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...

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  • Shark attack!

    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...

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  • Don't get too close to the ocean!

    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...

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  • Are you staying in Mâ‘alaea?

    If you plan on staying in Mâ‘alaea or north Kihei, please keep in mind that these areas are downwind from the sugarcane fields located throughout the valley. The tradewinds blow almost constantly from east to west with the West Maui Mountains and Haleakalâ channeling it further to the south in this region. So if you suffer from asthma, you may have...

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  • Road to Hana Driving Etiquette

    There is NONE!!!! Beware the locals, they are out to make sure you end up wetting yourself... Imagine a big truck coming at you at 45 MPH while your left tires are 1 foot from a cliff and your right tires are scraping the edge of an upward bound cliff...Kind of like a roller coaster but without all the safety features...

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  • Bike tours kill

    To anyone thinking of taking a bike tour ride down Haleakala please think twice. Here are a few things to consider. The head of Maui Memorial Hospital's ER has said in an interview in the Maui News that these bike rides are one of the most dangerous activities one can do on Maui. There have been at least 7 deaths. Some estimates are higher than 10....

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  • Hidden Dangers in Paradise

    To date there have been over 10 deaths on bike tour rides. The head of ER at Maui Memorial Hopital said that they see an accident in the ER on an every other day basis. Calls these tours "One of the most dangerous activities on Maui." Do yourself a big favor, ship this one..

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  • Maui Reviled?

    We, like many other tourist have purchased the "Maui Revealed" book. It was very informative and took us to some great places. One of the sights listed in the book leads you to the Blue Hole. We parked and started down the road to the swimming hole. We were met halfway with a small family that told us there was a big scary guy that yelled at them...

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  • Muddy Hikes

    If you are going to hike to any waterfalls and it has been raining I strongly suggest some shoes that you don't mind getting completely muddy. I was halfway up my calves in mud when I took a wrong path heading to one of the waterfalls on the Hana Highway

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  • Hitchhikers abound

    On Maui there are a lot of people who are there for the surfing season without cars. A lot of people hitchhike to get around the island. While I do not recommend picking up hitchhikers, it does seem to be a common practice.

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  • Wear your Seatbelt

    Yeah, sounds corny for a warning. But, the cops really enforce it. They just sit on the side of the road waving vehicles in two at a time, writing tickets like crazy. Not worth $92.00. Click it.

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  • Beautiful but Dangerous Curves

    Remember, it rains often in Hawaii. And it can get quite windy. We rented a Harley for the day. We rode all day, got rained on four times, but it always clears. Towards the evening, we headed towards Haleakala, not towards the summit, but aroung 37, down the south west side of the mountain. The roads are two lane, with nice soft dips and curves....

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  • Watch out where you park!

    Be VERY CAREFUL where you park and how long you've parked there. I parked in a lot that was like a 2-hour lot near Lahaina and got a ticket. Of course in a rental car the rental company made me pay the ticket. Rats! And it wasn't cheap!

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  • Keep valuables out of car!

    They are watching you! Don't leave valuables unattended in your car. Try not to leave anything in the trunk for that matter. There is a problem with car break-ins. The tourists are pretty obvious, as you might guess.

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  • Surfin' Maui Style

    There are so many beaches to stop and go surfing with the locals. But becareful especially beginners, the waves can be rough and if you don't know the area you could get hurt.Tip: Hire a Surfing instructor to show you the ropes!

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  • Do Not Disturb

    If you don't follow this advice, beware of the curse of Pele! (Do NOT disturb her "children" or you will have bad luck!!)Hawaiian legends tell that eruptions were caused by Pele, the beautiful but tempestuous Goddess of Volcanoes, during her frequent moments of anger. Pele was both revered and feared; her immense power and many adventures figured...

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  • Be careful of rocks on the beach

    Many of the beaches in Maui have lava, coral or rocks on them. Sometimes you can't even see it until you are actually out in the water. I can tell you from personal experience that it's very easy to cut yourself if you are swimming near rocks or lava. Be extremely careful. You may want to invest in a pair of water shoes just to prevent yourself...

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  • Timeshare Salesmen

    When you visit Maui you wil undoubtedly come across people trying to sell you timeshares. My advice is to quickly walk away and/or pretend you don't speak English or Spanish.They'll offer you a free meal or even sometimes free accommodations.But after that you will go through a gruelling 3 to 4 hour interrogation-like sales job unlike you've never...

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  • Dangerous waters

    Usually there are signs.OK so you are wise and don't swim. Another danger awaits you. While taking this picture i almost got struck by a coconut. It fell down from the palm tree behind the sign. The milk was so refreshing. We were out of water!

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  • Driving along Route 31

    There's a 5 mile stretch of road that all the car rental companies will tell you to avoid and are off limits. If you go with the Jeep Wrangler your safer than safe! I can see it being a pain with a regular sedan or something but the cars will still make it through. It's just going to be very bumpy and be weary going around the curves. Honk...

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  • Be very careful at the Infinity Pools

    When visiting the Infinity pools perched atop a 200-foot Makahiku Falls, please be very careful. Use your judgement when climbing down on the rocks. As you can see, my out of shape self made it down there easily. What you have to be careful about is how slippery the rocks are and watching your step. Kids don't try this at all!

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  • Waimoku Falls; be careful

    When doing the Pipiwai Trail and hiking up to the Waimoku Falls, please be cautious and careful going up. There is much to tempt the traveler. However, much of it is better enjoyed from a distance than up close. One example is Waimoku falls. While you can walk and allow yourself to be doused by the falling water, any rock or hard object that falls...

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  • Hana Highway (not meant for speeding)

    For those of you travelling on the Hana Highway please remember that you're there to enjoy the gorgeous view of the ocean, waterfalls, and foliage. Speeding along this road is not an option because of the many twist and turns and the narrow road. There is only one lane in each direction Please do not pass unless the car in front of you allows you...

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  • Parking is almost non-existent

    This is more of a warning than a danger. Since many tourist visit this island and the best way to get around the island is by rental car, parking can be a pain. Most places in the tourist areas (Lahaina, Kaanapali, etc.) charge to park (free parking at the Lahaina Cannery Mall...but there is a 2 hour time limit). As you can see from this picture,...

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  • Do you smoke?

    Please be careful if a friendly local asks you, "Do you smoke?"They're not talking about cigarettes. Marijuana is easy to find on Maui. Twice during my six-day trip, my friends, even my mom and I were invited to purchase weed. That's more than we get offered on our good old christian college campus....usually. So if they ask, "Do you smoke?" Say...

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  • Is a sunrise bike ride down Haleakala...

    One of the most common tourist activities in Maui is doing the biking adventure to Haleakala Volcano. This includes leaving your hotel as early as 2:30am (that is not a typo folks), dressed very warmly (it'll probably be about 30-40 degrees F at the top) for your trip to the summit of Haleakala (at over 10,000 ft altitude - do you get altitude...

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  • Be Smart, use sunscreen while in Maui...

    As many an unfortunate sun-worshipper has discovered, the sun is intense in Hawaii. Without proper protection it's painfully easy to get a second-degree burn after only an hour in the sun, primarily between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (The sun is directly overhead for most of the day in Hawaii.)The proximity of the islands to the equator makes...

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  • Many steps to use to get to the Ioa...

    One of the things that I noticed at the Ioa Valley was that a lot of tour buses brought their load of middle-to-later aged tourists to enjoy the view.Unfortunately, in order to get to the best viewing location at Ioa Valley requires that you traverse about 120 concrete steps leading up to the lookout point. I noticed a number of older tourists...

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  • Car break-ins & beach robbery at remote...

    There are a lot of theft and car break-ins at the many remote beaches along Maui's coast. Leave everything valuable in your hotel room, leave nothing visible or exposed in your car and do not leave anything valuable unattended on the beach.This is the one time that a convertible car is definitely a detrement.

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  • Not all roads in Maui are driveable

    There are certain roads in Maui that are not suitable for most cars. Most rental car companies prohibit renters from driving on certain strectches of road in Maui. Most off-roads are prohibited and stretches of 31 and the road that connects 30 to 340 on the northwest part of Maui are two memorable ones. Even with a 4 x 4, the car rental companies...

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  • Heavenly road to Hana is what they call...

    This road stretches 50 miles from Pa'uwela to Kaupo, the road curves around waterfalls , lookouts , parks , trails and homes,there are some 50 one lane bridges. As this picture will show there are accidents on this road , once again please be careful the scenery is breath taking.

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  • Maui's road # 36 can be dangerous if not...

    The road #36 on Maui is very winding road with turn after turn 617 turns ,it takes skill and patience on this road , I believe this road will be very hard on a car , maybe a jeep or truck would be a good choice.Very sharp turns no chance to see other cars coming , you need to warn the other cars by horn signals sometimes.Be very careful I suggest.

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  • A warning about road 36 on Maui it is...

    Just a very winding road and sometimes very cloe to steep cliffs as you can see on this picture , be very careful on this road.

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