Popular Oahu trail severely restricted, only limited access to Mariner's Ridge

Published On: Dec 06 2013 07:29:46 PM HST   Updated On: Dec 07 2013 08:09:56 AM HST

One of Oahu's most popular trails is now essentially closed. Kamehameha Schools announced on Friday, Kaluanui Trail, commonly known as Mariner's Ridge, is now off limits to most people. 

In April, Kamehameha Schools put up no trespassing signs at the head of Mariner's Ridge Trail, telling people it was private property and violators will be prosecuted.

But as you might guess, it did not deter most people heading up the trail.

But residents say visitors have been trashing their properties and damaging the trail.

On Thursday, landowner Kamehameha Schools on Thursday erected a six to eight foot iron-rod fence with a locked gate.

"The trail has become so popular, with lots of traffic, lots of foot traffic, parking becomes a limiting problem, and a lot of hikers are not very considerate when they come back from hiking. They leave debris and cause a lot of noise in the neighborhood so a lot of local residents don't like that."

Kamehameha Schools is only allowing two hiking clubs access to the trail: The Sierra Club and the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club.

From this point on: anyone who legally wants to hike Mariner's Ridge will have to contact these clubs and go with them on scheduled hikes.

The Sierra Club told KITV they're planning hikes about once every three months.

Neighbors said they've not only seen people already going around fence, but they said they saw two teenagers try to pull the fence down.

Crews had to return on Friday to re-cement the posts.


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