Hikers Still Drawn to Sacred Falls

KHNL News 8's Paul Drewes demonstrates how easy it is to access the Sacred Falls trail
KHNL News 8's Paul Drewes demonstrates how easy it is to access the Sacred Falls trail
Pisona Tevaga
Pisona Tevaga
Sacred Falls as seen from Chopper 8
Sacred Falls as seen from Chopper 8
May 9, 1999: a deadly day at Sacred Falls
May 9, 1999: a deadly day at Sacred Falls

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HAU'ULA, Oahu (KHNL) It's been seven years since an avalanche of rocks came crashing down at Sacred Falls Park , killing eight and injuring fifty others.

The trail into the park has been closed since that accident.

But that doesn't mean people are staying away from Sacred Falls.

While many can still see this spectacular scenic sight from the air, others want to see this hazardous hiking area for themselves on the ground.

Pisona Tevaga has see plenty of people come and go in the past seven years. "They just want to go up to Sacred Falls " says the long time Hau'ula resident.

At the entrance to the trail warning signs tell of the park's deadly history. But that is not enough to deter many hikers in this part of Hau'ula. "Most are tourists and they have no intention to stop. They tell me we've come this far and we want to see the falls." says Tevaga.

To stop people from getting in , the state has put in a fence. But just a hundred feet away that fence ends. Giving determined hikers easy access to the trail.

Others walk right across Tevaga's yard to get inside.

According to neighbors of the closed park, people are still hiking into Sacred Falls . So some are hoping a compromise can be reached so everyone can enjoy this special spot -- safely.

"I am hoping they can come and see Sacred Falls from a distance but not go into the dangerous parts."