Attempts to steer hikers away from popular illegal trail takes a new turn

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Action is being taken to remove a concrete slab at an illegal hike on Oahu.

Dead man’s catwalk is also known as Kamehame Ridge has been off limits to hikers since 2013 but the no trespassing signs haven’t stopped people from hopping the fence and hiking the trail.

The trail is known as Dead Man’s Catwalk because of the concrete slab at the very top which is now the focus of efforts by the state to deter people from undertaking the illegal hike.

It’s one of the most popular illegal hikes on the island.

But the one part that can be seen in almost every photo online is what the state is going to take down.

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands was recently granted a request for the removal of the concrete slab at Dead Man’s Catwalk.

The price tag to remove the slab? $48,000.

This just part of an effort by the State along with Kamehameha Schools to deter people from embarking on the illegal hike.

Something Delorese Gregoire says is a step in the right direction.

Her life skills academy operates near the hike.

“Very happy. First of all we will be safer. We won’t have all the graffiti and destruction that’s coming along with these pranksters going up there, and it will go back to being a quiet nice neighborhood,” said Winners’ Camp founder Delorese Gregoire.

Citing vandalism and safety concerns, Kamehameha Schools and the Department of Hawaiian Homelands have already tried to keep travel sites from promoting the illegal hike.

Sending a letter saying if pictures weren’t taken down. There would be repercussions. But Gregoire says people keep coming.

“I’ve been at winners camp for 15 years and it’s been an issue for the last year maybe year and a half and it’s really been detrimental to our program in is that the graffiti that happened because people are going up there in huge numbers,” said Gregoire.

 

 

Action is being taken to remove a concrete slab at an illegal hike on Oahu.

Dead man’s catwalk is also known as Kamehame Ridge has been off limits to hikers since 2013 but the no trespassing signs haven’t stopped people from hopping the fence and hiking the trail.

Full report on KHON2 at 10 p.m.

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