Lanikai pillbox deteriorates, makes hikers nervous

Published: Jul. 29, 2014 at 3:03 AM HST|Updated: Jul. 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM HST
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Lanikai Pillbox Hike
Lanikai Pillbox Hike
Lanikai Pillbox Hike
Lanikai Pillbox Hike

LANIKAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's a breathtaking view from the pillboxes at Lanikai. But is it safe with people standing on top of it and the giant block of concrete is deteriorating?

A corroded column is backed up by a steel rod. But it's still making hikers nervous.

“That's actually very scary because we were actually just sitting on top of that and it looks like it can go down at any time," said James Jenkins.

Some are so blinded by the view; they are oblivious to what is beneath them.

"When you mention it yeah…but at first I didn't even notice it," said Lauren Hults.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources told Hawaii News Now the pillbox trail is an unimproved wilderness area not actively maintained by the state at this point. They advise that people not climb on top of the roof.

“If they're saying that then they definitely should have a sign up or some kind of warning for people," Jenkins said.

DLNR confirms there is no signage at the moment. The state is planning to do a structural assessment. But for now, a spokeswoman says, the observation post built by the military decades ago is sound…even if it doesn't look that way.

Hikers don’t believe the trail should be closed. But they do believe the bunkers should be repaired.

"It's a good hike and it separates the tourists,” Hults said.

“They can go on a hike or they can go to the beach but they're not all at the beach. It's kind of gives them somewhere else to go," she said.

“Maybe just repair it,” said Aneta Pachedzhiva.

“Or even at least put a sign up at the bare minimum. Put a sign up like…hey probably shouldn't climb up here. So at least if they do, legally, it's not a liability," said Riley Hamel.

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