Many visitors enjoy the beauty of Ala Kahakai's historic, rugged, shoreline trails and vistas. However, recreating in natural areas has inherent dangers and responsibilities. This information will help you have a safe and responsible visit so that future visitors, can enjoy the park to its fullest. The safety of our visitors is very important to the management and staff. Here are a few safety tips for your visit along the trail and the national park sites it traverses:
The trail's coastline include safe beaches or swimming areas that visitors may drive to. Expect strong winds, steep and unstable sea cliffs, and high waves. Hiking over cracks and holes, loose rock, and thin lava crust greatly increases your risk of getting hurt. Falling on lava may result in severe wounds.Wear sturdy shoes and long lightweight hiking pants (falling on lava is like falling on broken glass). Avoid hiking after dark. Cracks, crevasses, and cliffs look like shadows - depth is not evident in the dark.
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Slips, Trips and Falls
Watch for wildlife. They can be fun to observe. However, for your safety: Do Not Feed any wildlife in the trail or parks!It is illegal to feed wildlife, including squirrels and birds. Feeding wild animals makes them dependent on people, and these animals sometimes end up biting the hands of people who try to feed them. Diseases and/or parasites may also be transmitted from animals to humans.
Last updated: June 16, 2015