Hik­ers need warn­ings about dan­ger­ous trails

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

The days when Hawaii ka­maaina ba­si­cally had the se­cret trails to them­selves are gone. So­cial me­dia leave very few se­crets, as ev­i­denced by foot traf­fic and all-too-fre­quent mishaps on once-se­cluded trails.

There’s ev­ery way imag­in­able, from Twit­ter to smart­phone apps, that tech-savvy vis­i­tors find out about them now. One pop­u­lar free app, Al­lTrails, has scant in­for­ma­tion about safety risks. They’re more fo­cused on lo­cat­ing and rat­ing the hike.

Per­haps the state should get out warn­ings through these apps, or cre­ate its own. Or an old-fash­ioned trail­head sign, that can work, too.

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