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7 hikers cited at off-limits Sacred Falls Park

Firefighters were called when a woman hurt her leg

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 08:44 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2012



After firefighters rescued a woman who hurt her leg while hiking at Sacred Falls State Park, state officials cited her and six hiking companions for illegally entering the closed park.

Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman Deborah Ward said land officers cited four men and three women — including four military personnel — for illegally entering the park, which has been closed since Mother’s Day 1999, when eight people were killed and 50 others injured by a rockslide in the valley. 

The citations are petty misdemeanors, punishable by up to 30 days in jail.

Honolulu fire Capt. Terry Seelig said firefighters received a call about noon after the woman, who was hiking with three others, slipped and hurt her leg within 100 yards of the waterfall Saturday. Firefighters hiked in, prepared the woman for transport, and used a helicopter to pick her up and take her to a nearby park, where she was transferred to paramedics about 1:05 p.m.

In 2003, the state agreed to pay $8.56 million to the victims’ families, who said warning signs were inadequate at the park at the time of the rockfall.

More than 50,000 people a year once visited the falls, hiking the 2.2-mile trail that ascends a lush canyon and ends at a waterfall and swimming hole.







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SteveToo wrote:
It's STATE land which means PUBLICLY OWNED. It's time to spruce up the signs and OPEN the trail to hikers. I'm tired of the State keeping people off land which THEY OWN.
on April 22,2012 | 09:46AM
noheawilli wrote:
How can the public be cited for being on public land? Unless of course the state feels no obligation to us. The arrogance of the politicians is directly related to the gullibility of the voters.
on April 22,2012 | 09:51AM
mcc wrote:
$8.56 million is reason enough to cite these people. The alternative is opening in up as it was before and get rid of the money hoarding attorneys who prey on victims.
on April 22,2012 | 10:02AM
Fred01 wrote:
Small mind.
on April 22,2012 | 01:44PM
control wrote:
takes one to know one. That $8.56 million was YOUR tax dollars.
on April 22,2012 | 02:01PM
Fred01 wrote:
And for that, fool, I deserve to hike on my land.
on April 22,2012 | 03:37PM
popaa wrote:
hurt no blame
on April 22,2012 | 04:35PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
As I have said many times before DLNR is completely out of control. Too many over paid civil servants are responsible for this mess including the public defender who lost to that ambulence chasing attorney...
on April 22,2012 | 10:08AM
control wrote:
Are those in favor of reopening the area willing to sign a waiver giving up your right to sue and to pay for any and all search and rescue efforts out of YOUR pocket and not taxpayers? I didn't think so. Talk is cheap.
on April 22,2012 | 02:05PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
In the past couple weeks the Fire Department has been called for helicopters rescue of I think about 8 people hiking Koolau trails. Do we charge them for rescue? How about the recovery o the body at Manoa Falls - any charge? Nope. Those charges are out of your pocket as a taxpayer. What's different about Scared Falls? Used to be 50,000 people/year would go there. So there was bad rockfall - does that give the right to close the area down? No way - put up signs so folks are aware and recognize this danger is statistically no worse than other spots.
on April 22,2012 | 03:01PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
As if on cue, the next "breaking news story" is:

Stranded hiker airlifted from Koolaus, 3 more waiting for clouds to clear

I rest my case.


on April 22,2012 | 04:57PM
CloudForest wrote:
DLNR = unelected technocrats gone wild without any idea of what PUBLIC means. WE own it, let us in to enjoy it without the threat of fines or fees. How many times do WE have to pay for what is OURS??? They (the DLNR staff) need to be cited and arrested for betraying the PEOPLE"S trust and civil rights. This is what you get with communists in the halls of government.
on April 22,2012 | 06:01PM
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