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Kaua'i Visitors Bureau - advice to visitors

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Kaua'i Visitors Bureau - advice to visitors

Aloha from Kaua'i!

This article was in our Garden Island paper this morning - Sue Kanoho, who is the Director of Kaua'i Visitor's Bureau specifically addresses some of the more dangerous (and popular) spots on the island and explains to visitors just what makes these places so dangerous.....and their efforts to have guidebooks not include these places in their recommendations.

Worth reading before you visit these very dangerous places:

thegardenisland.com/news/local/article_3d15d…

Malama Pono,

Janet

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1. Re: Kaua'i Visitors Bureau - advice to visitors

Aloha,

Janet, nice link and a great article. Here's hoping folks read it and follow the **true** experts' advice.

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I was at Kipu falls years ago, all I can say is that it is water I would NEVER go into! NEVER. As the saying goes "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. " Have never been to Queen's Bath and don't plan on it and will make sure when the whole family goes they will stay away from those two places!

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Is Kipu always brown? Yuck!

This is excellent advice for visitors and locals alike.

Stay safe and Merry Christmas.

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Agree with all of the above, and all of these posters have been advising for years the dangers of kipu falls, and queens bath.

Regardless of the warnings, and published injuries and deaths, and here on TA, , and in person warnings by rescue personnel ( KFD ) posted at the beginnng of the trail to Queens Bath.......and the rescue squad person being totally shined on and ignored.......The visitors just trod on past him.

Just looking at the brown murkey water at Kipu ought to set of alarms in a persons head, but nope, off they leap and in they go. The lepto pit.

As far as Kipu Falls is concerned, there must be some kind of an undertow current there, or a below surfface eddy ( My own WAG )......too many people are pulled under within sight of their friends.

They are swimming and just disappear and are pulled down, to be found later on the bottom. Add in those who refuse to let go of the rope and smash back into the cliff, and then fall to the bottom with broken bones, and/or head injuries, or those who leap off the top and strike the side of the rock walls with their heads.

Warning signs work with some, they certainly do for us, as do fences, and posted land signs..." Keep Out-Kapu-Danger- Unmantained Trail-Strong Currents-Danger No Swimming Etc, Etc."

These warnings are ignored much of the time.....

Well, those blessed with common sense are the exceptions, and we applaud their safety concerns, for both themsleves and their families.

What I do not really understand, with all of the beaches, many that are life guarded and reef protected, plus safe waterfall overlooks, that are on open land, not private, just why people continue to gravitate to places that are known as dangerous.

I know, same ol story, " We are on vacation and gonna go ! "

And , we still see them parked on Kuamo'o road, and climb over the fence to hike to Opeakea Falls, and within a few feet are the memorial flowers ( replaced ) for those who have not come back alive from that hike.

Taking photos from the paved and railed overlook might be a much better idea.

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My take on this is that the companies that sponsor trips to these private lands also should take into consideration the dangers of Kipu Falls, We did the Kipu Falls Safari kayak trip and it was great fun seeing the land and river, being escorted and served a nice lunch. But it should end there. They encourage you to go for a "swim" to cool off - from what I could see these rocks are slippery and the water is basically green. You do not see the bottom except for slippery rocks. THIS is where it should also start. Those companies should be banned from taking chances with peoples lives.

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I don't understand what the attraction is in the first place. People just having to do something because it's 'the thing to do' ??

What's the appeal? There is nothing particularly nice about the Kipu Falls area. It's dry scrubbrush, the water isn't even clear. Nothing overly appealing about the geography of the area. A pit filled with chalky water. There are much better places to be on Kauai. There I've said it and I feel better.

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Aloha from Kaua'i!

I don't know what the appeal is either - I've been out there before and nothing was particularly fascinating or gorgeous and it didn't make me want to jump in, that's for sure.

However, I take the Kipu by-pass on my into Lihu'e almost everytime - and almost everytime there are visitor cars obviously looking for the turn to Kipu Falls.

People tend to think they are invulnerable when they are on vacation and do things that they would never attempt at home - at least that is my own "take" on it.

With so many other amazingly beautiful and comparatively safe places - why go to known danger spots?

Mele Kalikimaka ia 'oe!

Safe Holidays to you as well,

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8. Re: Kaua'i Visitors Bureau - advice to visitors

Sure am glad to have read your post - very informative - says something when the tourists are getting into accidents, but the locals know better. Thanks for the post.

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Koloagirl, I believe a large part of the problem is that there are tour companies who actually take money to take people there so other do-it-yourselfers come to think that they get something great by going it alone. After all, the thinking is that if a respected tour company will take people there it must really be something good. Merry Christmas by the way.

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