For all of the beauty and majesty in Hawaii, there is a dark underbelly of danger that lurks in our waters and on our land. The State of Hawaii has faced significant criticism over the failure to provide adequate warnings and safeguards to the millions of tourists who spend billions in Hawaii. The following study published in Hawaii online publication, Civil Beat, outlines various deficiencies and failures of the State of Hawaii to provide necessary notifications and prevention mechanisms to help avoid tourist injuries and death: http://www.civilbeat.org/2016/01/death-in-paradise-is-all-too-frequent-for-visitors-to-hawaii/
Examples referenced in the article include the failure of the State to offer cautionary in-flight videos, a lack of social media presence for notifying visitors of ocean conditions and other hazards, and a lack of widespread use of lifeguard tubes to assist drowning victims. For the millions raked in by the tourism industry, it is troubling that there no consolidated effort to protect those who are not advised or are unaware of the many risks presented by both water and land in Hawaii.