HAUULA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is furthering its efforts to get the word out about the consequences of trespassing into the off-limits Sacred Falls. This week, DLNR staff added signs with quick response codes that link directly to an informational video -- released in February -- that warns people of the dangers of entering the site.
"Based on our efforts to use social media to combat misinformation about the closed park, which seems to be effective from the number of hits, we are ramping up our efforts to better inform would-be visitors who arrive at Sacred Falls," Curt Cottrell, assistant administrator for the DLNR, said in a statement. "If we can get people to scan the QRC with their phones and spend a few minutes viewing the video that clearly depicts the dangers, cultural sensitivity and penalties for trespass, it may convince them that entering and risking their lives, getting fined or doing jail time is simply a bad idea."
The DLNR said nearly 11,000 people have viewed the video – Sacred Falls – Don't Risk Your Life, a Fine, or Jail – since the department released it in February. While there's no concrete evidence that the video has led to a decline in illegal entries, the DLNR said it may be helping. Although officers issued 11 citations in February, no citations have been issued since then. Last year, more than 120 people were cited.
The video is intended to counter Internet sites and blogs that encourage visitation to the state park that was permanently shut down after eight people were killed and several dozen injured in a 1999 rock fall accident.
A citation requires a court appearance and can result in heavy fines and potential jail time.
To view the video, click here.