Makapuu Trail Re-opens to Pets

Vanessa Golding-Fox
Vanessa Golding-Fox
Deborah Swanson
Deborah Swanson

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's one of Oahu's favorite spots among hikers and dog-owners. Earlier this year the Department of Land And Natural Resources prohibited pets on the Mokapuu trail. It had recently re-opened to our four-legged friends.

Concerns about irresponsible people prompted the closure of the Mokapuu Trail to hikers with pets.

"According to D.L.N.R., they received a lot of complaints about dog and animal pet waste, that was either left in the pet waste bags on the side of the trail or chucked over or hung from trees," says Vanessa Golding-Fox of The Hawaiian Humane Society.

Looking to make the trail accessible to pets again, the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board put the issue on the formal agenda on this summer. A few weeks later the D.L.N.R. ban was lifted.

"That was a huge win and it was also a really great example of how the community can work with policy makers here on Oahu and more broadly in Hawaii, say Vanessa Golding-Fox.

Dogs are allowed in state parks unless posted signs say otherwise. Just a few months ago a sign prohibiting pets was changed.

"They've put signs up now that say leashed dogs are allowed or what not," says Vanessa Golding-Fox.

"I think that's a good idea, a lot of the people don't understand what the regulations are in different areas," says Hiker Deborah Swanson.

Pet-owners are pleased to have the privilege of bringing their dogs back on the Makapuu Trail. To help keep it clean, the Hawaiian Humane Society donated this doggie pot-pet waste station, which dispenses biodegradable bags for use to pick up after their pets.

There are other hiking trails on Oahu that allow pets on leashes, including the Aiea Loop Trail, Maunawili Trail and the Waimano Ridge Trail.