DLNR launches re­designed trails web­site

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

The state De­part­ment of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources re­cently launched a re­designed trails web­site to pro­vide fast and con­ve­nient in­for­ma­tion about more than 100 state-op­er­ated trails.

The new web­site fea­tures de­tails and pho­to­graphs from 118 state trails in the Na Ala Hele Trail and Ac­cess Pro­gram, 18 of which are on the Big Is­land.

In ad­di­tion, each trail en­try lists ameni­ties, ac­tiv­i­ties, hik­ing dif­fi­culty level and po­ten­tial haz­ards at each site — the en­try for the Onomea and Don­key trails, for ex­am­ple, warns of strong cur­rents and ad­vises visi­tors to bring mos­quito re­pel­lent.

“Our in­tent is to pro­vide a cen­tral re­source for the tens of thou­sands of visi­tors and kama‘aina who en­joy all that our trails have to of­fer,” said DLNR Chair­woman Suzanne Case in a state­ment.

The web­site also posts an­nounce­ments and notices of on­go­ing and fu­ture trail clo­sures.

The re­designed web­site will help users dis­tin­guish be­tween of­fi­cial, state-main­tained trails and un­sanc­tioned and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous “so­cial trails.”

“The trails in the Na Ala Hele sys­tem are main­tained, marked with sig­nage, and while we en­cour­age all hik­ers to use com­mon sense and good judg­ment al­ways, the state trails pro­vide a safer ex­pe­ri­ence than many of the non-state trails that have of­ten been touted by non-of­fi­cial web­sites,” Case said.

The web­site is mo­bile-friendly and can be vis­ited at hawai­itrails.hawaii.gov/trails.

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