Snorkeling is one of the most family-friendly ocean activities in Hawaii, for residents and visitors alike. Like the gentle rocking of the waves as you bob in the water, masked eyes focused on the marine world, it lulls you into a false sense of security.
The numbers don’t lie. Of the drownings over the last decade here, almost a quarter resulted from snorkeling accidents. Even good swimmers can recall a scary moment when, after just going a few more yards to follow that yellow tang, they surface in rougher waters.
It’s a three-day weekend, people. Be careful out there.
If you’re a deer, lucky you live Hawaii
Our state’s roadways are less than perfect. However, Hawaii is the least likely state in which your car will collide with a deer — the chances are 1 in 6,823, according to an annual State Farm study. Those unlucky motorists are on Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kauai. (Axis deer were illegally introduced to Hawaii island in 2009, but in August the Big Island Invasive Species Committee concluded that the species is no longer there.) The most-likely-to-collide rating goes to West Virginia (1 in 43). The average repair cost? Nearly $4,180 per claim. Take care on those neighbor island roadways.