BIG ISLAND WELCOME/SAFETY/ARCHIVES

ALOHA AND WELCOME TO THE BIG ISLAND!

CALL US AT 808-990-0025 WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE WHILE VISITING!  WE'D BE GLAD TO HELP.  PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS WHILE VISITING, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE HAWAII'S NATURAL BEAUTY INCLUDES VERY REAL DANGERS THAT OFTENTIMES ARE OVERLOOKED.  IN SOME CASES, THESE MISTAKES OFTEN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.  HERE, I'D LIKE TO LIST SOME OF THE CRITICAL FACTORS YOU SHOULD KNOW IN MAKING SURE YOU HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE VISIT TO OUR ISLAND HOME.

VIDEO: HAWAII OCEAN SAFETY TIPS (PLEASE WATCH!)
 
1.  PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE OCEAN!  CHOOSE A GUARDED BEACH WHERE LIFEGUARD TOWERS AND PERSONNEL ARE ON DUTY.  STOP AND LOOK AT THE WATER.  OBSERVE CONDITIONS, WARNINGS, ASK QUESTIONS AND USE COMMON SENSE.  DO NOT TAKE RISKS AND AVOID POOR DECISIONS SUCH AS MIXING ALCOHOL WITH OCEAN ACTIVITIES OR CROSSING BARRIERS.  IF YOU ARE NOT A GOOD SWIMMER, DO NOT ENTER THE OCEAN UNSUPERVISED OR OUT OF A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT.  IF YOU ARE AN EXCELLENT SWIMMER, OUR OCEAN AND COASTS HAVE THE POWER AND UNPREDICTABLE WAVES, CURRENT, UNDERTOW AND CAVE SYSTEMS THAT CONSUME AND OVERPOWER MANY.  IT HAPPENS IN SECONDS.  OUR BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE AND THE OVERCONFIDENCE OF VISITORS (AND LOCALS ALIKE) CANNOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED.  THIS CAN BE A FATAL MISTAKE SO PLEASE, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION WHENEVER AT THE BEACH OR NEAR ANY SHORELINE.  GOLDEN RULE:  DO NOT EVER TURN YOUR BACK TO THE OCEAN.  

California Father,46 & Daughter, 6 swept off tide pools, O'ahu (July 16, 2016)

Visitor, 42 Drowns Swimming in Wailuku River, Big Island (August 10, 2016) 

Visitor, 58 Drowns in Waters at Sandy Beach, O'ahu (September 2, 2016)

Visitor, 70 Drowns at Pohoiki Beach Puna, Big Island (September 6, 2016)


Visitor, 35 Drowns in Waters at Hanauma Bay, O'ahu (December 23, 2016)

Visitor, 66 Drowns in Waters off Waiohai Beach, Kauai (January 11, 2017)

Visitor, 59 Drowns in Waters at Kua Bay, Big Island (January 12, 2017)

Visitor, 33 Drowns in Cave Waianapanapa, Maui (January 29, 2017)

Visitor, 64 Drowns in Waters off Kapalua Bay, Maui (February 8, 2017)

Note:  We share our sympathy and aloha with regard to the tragic accidents of the above victims and their ohana.  By mentioning these unfortunate incidents, we hope to help raise awareness & safety.   

2.  DO NOT GO HIKING WITHOUT PROPER GUIDANCE, GEAR AND SUPPLIES.  IT MAY SEEM LIKE BEARINGS CANNOT BE LOST BECAUSE WE ARE ON AN ISLAND, BUT MANY HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES STRANDED AND LOST IN OUR FORESTS, VALLEYS, AND LAVA FIELDS.  TRAILS WILL TURN FROM BEGINNER LEVEL INTO EXPERT LEVEL FAST.  THESE CHANGES ALONG WITH EXTREME WEATHER, CLIMATE AND ELEVATION CAN CAUSE LIFE THREATENING SITUATIONS FOR ANYONE UNPREPARED. 

3.  DRIVE WITH ALOHA!  LEAVE ON TIME OR EARLY TO PREVENT RUSHING TO AND FROM DESTINATIONS ON THE ISLAND.  DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!  OUR ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE ARE ISLAND-FRIENDLY, DESIGNED FOR CONSTANLY CHANGING ISLAND TERRAIN AND WEATHER.  LOW SPEED LIMITS ARE FOR A REASON.  THIS IS BECAUSE THE ROADS AHEAD OF YOU ARE NOT MADE TO CONTAIN A VECHICLE AT HIGH SPEED.  THIS IS WHERE HEAD ON COLLISIONS OR DRIVING OFF THE HIGHWAY OCCUR.  DO NOT TRY AND DRIVE HERE AS IF YOU ARE ON AN INTERSTATE, OR FREEWAY.  DRIVE WITH ALOHA, SHOW THE "HANG LOOSE" OR "SHAKA" SIGN WHENEVER YOU ARE SHOWN COURTESY OR ALOHA FROM ANOTHER DRIVER AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!  LIVING "ISLAND STYLE"  

4.  CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF.  PLEASE "KOKUA" (HELP) IN ANY WAY YOU CAN BY KEEPING OUR "AINA" (LAND) CLEAN.  OUR NATURAL RESOURCES (WATER, AGRICULTURE, FISH STOCK) DEPEND ON US ALL DOING OUR PART TO KEEP HAWAII A SUSTAINABLE, BEAUTIFUL PLACE WE CALL HOME.

5.  PLEASE HEED EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND OR FIRST RESPONDERS.  AS A MEMBER OF THE HAWAII COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, OUR SAFETY IN RESPONDNG TO EMERGENCIES IS IMPORTANT.  PLEASE BE PATIENT AND AWARE OF ANY EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ACROSS THE ISLAND.  MAHALO!

6.  BE SURE TO ENJOY YOURSELF!  SMILE, LIVE ALOHA, SHARE ALOHA, RESEARCH THE TRUE MEANING OF ALOHA AND TAKE IT BACK HOME WITH YOU AND SHARE IT WITH YOUR FAMILY.  IT WILL ALWAYS BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR LIFE, AND WILL BRING YOU THE WARMTH OF OUR ISLAND HOME, I PROMISE!

ALOHA AND WELCOME TO THE BIG ISLAND!
SINCERELY, JOEY GLORY
808-990-0025
WWW.KALAPANALAVABOAT.COM 


AS SHOWN BELOW, A MAJOR REDIRECTION OF KILAUEA'S FLOW ADVANCED TOWARD THE TOWN OF PAHOA IN 2014 AND CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO OUTLYING AREAS OF THE TOWN.  RESIDENT AND BUSINESS EVACUATIONS WERE MADE ALONG THE IMMEDIATE FLOW PATH.  BELOW IS A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE IN 2014.

"THE LEADING EDGE OF THE CURRENT FLOW PICTURED BELOW IS STALLED, BUT HAS RECENTLY OVERTAKEN ACRES OF THE WAO KELE O PUNA FOREST RESERVE, PRIVATE PROPERTY, A LOCAL CEMETERY AND ONE SINGLE FAMILY HOME.  IT CROSSED OVER, COVERED AND SHUT DOWN APA'A STREET AND THE PAHOA TRANSFER STATION LAST MONTH AND THREATENED MANY OTHER NEARBY HOMES CLOSING IN TOWARD PAHOA VILLAGE ROAD.   OFFICIALS ARE NOW TRACKING ANOTHER ACTIVE FLOW FRONT APPROX. 2.4 MILES UPSLOPE HEADED IN A NORTHEASTERLY DIRECTION WITH ADVANCEMENTS AT APPROX 200 YARDS PER DAY.  THE ESTIMATED FLOWPATH HEADS IN THE DIRECTION OF THE PAHOA MARKETPLACE/MALAMA MARKET AREA.   THERE HAS BEEN A DEFLATION IN THE SUMMIT SLOWING THE FLOW OVERALL, BUT THE TOPOGRAPHY TURNS INTO A MUCH STEEPER DESCENT HEADED IN THE MARKETPLACE DIRECTION.  DAILY ASSESSMENTS WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE UPDATES WE WILL PROVIDE YOU AS INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE." 
(KALAPANALAVABOAT.COM11/2014)


 

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