Hawaii cites dozens at Sacred Falls over 18 months


Hawaii cites dozens at Sacred Falls over 18 months

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has issued 99 citations to people illegally hiking in Sacred Falls in the past year-and-a-half.

That’s even though the state closed the once-popular Oahu park after eight people died in a landslide there in 1999.

Trespassing in the area is a petty misdemeanor. Those caught are fined $100 for their first offense, $200 for their second and $500 for their third.

Department of Land and Natural Resources Director William Aila told KHON (http://bitly.com/UgIiCc ) it’s too dangerous to let people back in. He says it’s narrow and confined so there’s no place to hide if rocks fall.

He says it doesn’t make sense to allow people to go into a dangerous place.

But he says there’s a possibility the lower part of Sacred Falls State Park could be re-opened.

 

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