Lanikai residents meet over Pillbox trail concerns

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Windward Oahu families met at Lanikai Park on Wednesday to discuss whether a trail known for it's incredible views of the Mokulua Islands is becoming too popular for its own good.

Community members who enjoy the trail known as the Lanikai Pillboxes created a list of the problems currently plaguing the hike, which travels along the Ka'iwa Ridge. The potential for danger remains is one of the top issues, especially with six people having been rescued from the trail in the past year.

"We'd like the city to either repair the trail, make it a trail or close it," said Liz Rizzo, a Lanikai resident.

Safety was among the top concerns for residents, but it wasn't the only one.

"I've noticed over the past 20 years that this past, we have had a lot of people, too many people," said Rizzo. "There's a lot of noice, traffic, and they're parking on our street and it is private property."

The state lists the hike as an undeveloped trail that gets minimal maintenance.

Residents at the meeting reportedly suggested a security guard be stationed at the trail head. City and state officials have not yet responded.

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