Last Friday, a California visitor slipped and fell 25 feet on a famous trail hike on Kauai. The man, aged 67, was en route to the pool below the Wailua Falls lookout and parking lot when the problem occurred. This comes after a recent discussion about implementing a required search and rescue insurance program for this type of issue. After all, the trail where the visitor fell is closed, specifically due to the dangers.
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The most recent fall occurred soon after his family started down the steep and dangerous trail at about 10 am. A nurse who was at the falls went to assist the hiker before emergency responders could arrive. When he was rescued using a hauling device and taken to hospital, he was found to have sustained multiple head injuries.
Regarding Wailua Falls, someone said, basically, don’t do it. “There is a reason the fences were put up, and warning signs posted…!!! Please go visit the waterfalls and bathe in its beauty, don’t let it become your memorial.”
The moral of the story is this.
Wailua Falls is a great place for photos. It is not safe for hiking, which is why the trail is closed. You may be in good enough shape to hike this trail (or other equally dangerous Hawaii trails). But also keep in mind that when someone sees you down there, they may believe that they can do it too. And then what if they can’t?
Wailua Falls is beautiful, especially after rainfall, but can only be seen legally from above the falls adjacent to the parking lot. The hike to the bottom is treacherous and closed. The path is still there, however, and some people attempt it. It is extremely steep and muddy. There are ropes to hold on to as the trail is straight down and foot holes to navigate.