HAUULA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In an effort to combat websites and blogs that have been driving people to the off-limits Sacred Falls State Park, the Department of Land and Natural Resources is stepping up its communication efforts about the consequences of trespassing.
In a newly released seven-minute video, the DLNR highlights the tedious efforts that emergency responders go through to rescue people who are trapped or injured in the area. It also shows a pair of hikers who get cited for trespassing.
Sacred Falls, located in Hauula, closed to the public in 1999 after eight people were killed in a rock slide. Despite dozens of signs warning people about the dangers of entering, the DLNR has issued hundreds of citations to people who illegally entered. In 2014, more than 120 people were cited.
A citation requires a court appearance and can result in heavy fines and potential jail time.
The DLNR said it can't take actions against bloggers or website content creators if someone gets cited or hurt in the park, but asks that the posts be modified or taken down.
To view the video, click here.
For a list of open hiking trails in Hawaii, click here.