People dream of Hawaii vacations. Who doesn’t want to take a trip to paradise? But Hawaii also has some of the most dangerous and scariest places to visit, including some that are SO deadly…they are illegal!
Join Zero2Hero as we visit Honolulu, the Haiku Stairs, the Spitting Caves…and more!
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When most people think of Hawaii, they think of beautiful honeymoon destinations or interesting
While that’s mostly true, it’s also important to respect the power of nature, in all of
its beauty, because it can turn on you in an instant.
Find out exactly how many of these places in the Hawaiian Islands are so deadly that
they are illegal to even visit!
Number 9: The Toilet Bowl.
In Hanauma Bay, the deadliest beach in Hawaii, there is a very unique and very dangerous
tourist attraction…the Toilet Bowl swimming hole.
This natural swimming hole was formed over many centuries as waves continuously crashed
against the lava rocks that make up the coastlines of Hawaii.
The waves pour into the pool with great force through a hole in the lava rock, but then
the water is sucked back out the hole as the waves retreat.
This phenomenon is what gave the pool its name, as the water rushing back out through
the hole in the rock resembles a flushing toilet.
The area of the Toilet Bowl is on a very treacherous coastline, and the trail leading to the pool
is dangerous to walk along.
The whole area is usually closed off due to several people having drowned or seriously
hurt themselves while trying to swim the toilet bowl.
Number 8: Stairway to Heaven (Haiku Stairs) The Stairway to Heaven, or Haiku Stairs, is
a treacherous hiking trail that spans along the mountain range of Oahu’s Ko’olau.
It is a steep and dangerous wooden stairway that totals 3,922 steps.
It was originally built as an access trail by the US Navy to reach a top-secret radio
facility that was used to contact ships operating in the Pacific Ocean.
Although the area has been officially closed for some time, there are many hikers who do
not take notice of the warning and no trespassing signs, as they want to be able to say that
they climbed the Haiku stars.
To try and increase security around the stairs there was a guard stationed at the bottom
to stop people before they start the climb, and in a one year period, during 2014, it
was noted that 11 hikers got arrested for trespassing and were landed with a hefty $1,000
And the reason it’s closed?
Many deaths and injuries have occurred to hikers who have attempted this climb over
Number 7: Kalalau Trail.
The Kalalau trail is thought to be one of the most incredible hiking trails in America.
It is found on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, and takes the hiker through the natural wonder
of the Na Pali Coast.
It is a 22-mile hike that takes on a variety of different terrains and challenges such
as wading through streams and balancing along tiny paths set into the steep cliffs.
There are many beautiful things to see on this hike, just two miles in you’ll find the
beautiful Hanakap’ai beach.
Then, four miles in, is the breath-taking Hanakap’ai waterfall.
Going on beyond that point, though, things get much more dangerous.
Areas of the trail, such as the infamous “Crawlers Ledge,” are risky and dangerous for anyone
to attempt, the tiny paths on the edge of the red clay cliffs are crumbling and slippery
and the area often attracts heavy winds.
There have been noted deaths on this trail, from hikers falling from the ledge paths down
the cliffs, some 300 feet toward the ocean.
Number 6: Spitting Caves.
The spitting caves, at Portlock Point, Honolulu, are an “off the beaten track” tourist spot,
popular among the adrenaline seeking dare devils among us.
The cliffs that rise up over the caves are a popular area for cliff jumpers to seek their
Sure, it can be said that any cliff diving spot is dangerous, but the spitting caves
provide extra danger that is truly deadly.
The way the current of the ocean flows, there are moments when the waves and swell get sucked
dramatically into the caves with a loud bubbling, then whoosh back out again, back into the
If the jumper does not time his flight just perfectly, they could get sucked into the
cave with the current and slammed against the rocks before being spat back out into
The drop itself is around 55-feet and, even without the dangerous swells into the cave
below, the jumper has to jump in at the right spot to avoid hitting any rocks on the way
At least 7 deaths have been noted from attempting this cliff jump since November 2000.
Number 5: Sacred Falls.
Sacred Falls State Park, in Hau’ula, has been a spot of particular beauty in Hawaii for
a long time.
But, with that beauty, comes great danger.
It’s another of Hawaii’s tourist attractions that is actually closed to the public due
to its danger.
Despite fences, signs and even security guards, though, people still attempt to find and explore
The nearly vertical cliffs and narrow valley make it a very dangerous to hike, especially
due to the danger of falling rocks.
In 1999 the park was officially closed after a landslide caused the deaths of 8 individuals,
as well as seriously injuring up to 30 more.
It was said that rocks the size of cars fell from the cliffs, trapping the visitors in
the tight valley with nowhere to hide from the falling debris.
Despite this event, and the subsequent closure of the area, people still take the risk the
hike the falls.
And, every time they do, they put both themselves and the rescue crews they will usually need
in great danger.
Number 4: Nakalele Point Blowhole.
Just east of Poelua Bay, on the northern tip of Maui, is Nakalele Point, a land mass known
for its blowhole and dangerous waves.
The famous blowhole is powerful and dangerous, with its waterspouts reaching as high as 100-feet
in the air.
The waves from the ocean that crash into the side of the blowhole can be just as unpredictable
There are many warnings against visiting the blowhole, and tourists are told to never stand
with their backs to the ocean or on the rocks between the ocean and the blow hole.
There has been one confirmed death at the Nakalele blow hole.
A 44-year-old man was knocked into the blow hole by the massive waves from the ocean behind.
There was a three-day search of the area but his body was not recovered.
Despite this incident, people still continue to not just visit the blow hole, but to perform
reckless stunts, such as straddling the blow hole, leaning over it to film a video and
trying to jump through the water spouts as they happen.
The trail down to the blowhole is also dangerous, and littered with signs of warnings and risk
Number 3: Kipu Falls.
The Kipu Falls is a so-called hidden treasure within the tourist areas of Hawaii.
It’s found along from the Huleia Stream, which has its source in the hills of Kauai.
It flows into Nawiliwili, the biggest harbour in the island.
Kipu Falls is surrounded by large trees, and found along the road from Lihue, where you
would find the main hotels of the area.
The falls and pool are actually on private property, but the owners are aware of people
visiting daily and have no problem with it.
The authorities and local residents attribute the popularity of the falls and pools to guidebooks
revealing the location of the spot, and have actually tried to push a campaign to get all
guidebooks to remove mention of the falls due to its danger.
Many people have died at Kipu Falls, either by the impact of the jump into the pool, or
because they were dragged out to sea while trying to swim against the current back to
These deaths made speculation as to whether there might be a whirlpool type current under
the pool that is sucking people down while they are trying to swim.
However, some locals have a different idea of what is causing the deaths.
Some believe that an angry water spirit is pulling the swimmers down to the bottom of
the pool, and drowning them there.
Number 2: Queens bath.
Queen’s Bath tide pool, in Kauai, Hawaii, is also known as the “Pool of Death.”
And, just watching footage of the tide pool for a couple of minutes, you can see why.
Queen’s bath is a sinkhole in the middle of a large, sharp volcanic rock formation located
in the Princeville area of Kauai.
In the summer months, the water here is very calm, and many varieties of aquatic wildlife
live in the pool.
But, during the winter months of the year, the waves are high and violent and the sinkhole
is a dangerous place to be.
As the popularity of this particular area has grown, unfortunately the reports of incidents
of deaths and severe injury have also grown.
Many visitors lounge on the surrounding rocks and some jump into the sink pool for the thrill
of riding it up and down and it rises and falls.
The unpredictability of the ocean however causes real trouble when people swimming get
caught in the tide and pulled out to sea or thrown against the rocks.
Warning signs line the trail from town to sink hole, but it seems they are not enough
for some to stop and reconsider what they are about to do.
Number 1: Olomana Three Peaks Trail.
Not just another hiking trail, the Olomana Three Peaks Trail is a wild and dangerous
hike not for the faint of heart.
The Three Peaks Trail is a succession of, funny enough, three individual peaks that
get progressively more difficult and dangerous to climb.
There is a trail through the jungle to the first peak, with some small, but steep rocks
to climb nearer the end.
This is where most people should, and do, stop.
However, of course there are the adrenaline loving people who don’t.
For those that continue on, the next part of the trail includes some steep cliff faces
to scale down.
These cliff faces are not secure, and it takes guts to trust the vines and old ropes that
After that, there is another climb, this time up the steep cliff faces to peak two.
Peak three is a treacherous scramble along cliff edges, where one wrong footing could
send you tumbling down 30+ feet.
The elevation of this climb is 1,643 feet and it is advised that even seasoned climbers
don’t try it.
There have been a number of deaths in the area, usually of people hiking between peaks
2 and 3.
While we all dream of spending time in paradise, sometimes the beauty comes at a terrible price.
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