Hiking with your dog in Hawaii

DogHiking with your dog in Hawai‘i can be a wonderful experience. Access to State Forest Reserves provides the public with opportunities to hike in some of the island’s most beautiful natural areas. However, it is important to remember that these areas are highly sensitive to recreational activities. Leash laws and other regulations have been implemented in State Forest Reserves to protect the environment, as well as to protect you and your dog from any hazards you may encounter. When hiking with your dog, it is imperative to know, understand, and abide by the regulations of the area. This brochure will guide you in planning a safe hike for you and your dog, reducing the likelihood of incidents on the trail.

Pet Owners
If you are on a trail in a Public Hunting Area, you might encounter hunting dogs along the trail, and your pet may be at risk. Make sure that your dog is leashed, and kept at a safe distance. Please be considerate of other trail users, and remove any droppings from the trail.

Download the DLNR’s “Hiking with your dog in Hawaii” brochure here.

Download the Honolulu Forest Reserve “Control Hunt Program Rules and Conditions” report here.

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Feral Animals on Tantalus

By Jennie Peterson

Feral cats on the Big Island of Hawaii

Feral cats on the Big Island of Hawaii (image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

As we all know, there is an abundance of feral animals on Tantalus– from wild pigs to chickens, rabbits, Jackson Chameleons, birds, dogs and cats. Many neighbors have helped with this problem, but a few have done an exceptional job and a real community service.

Our volunteers follow the Humane Society’s plan to trap, neuter, return and manage (TNRM) to compassionately reduce the number of strays over time. Some have commented that they don’t see kittens on Round Top anymore. That’s due to continuous trapping and sterilizing. The numbers are stabilizing and diminishing.

This is a community problem, and these efforts are particularly important now. Due to lack of funding the Hawaiian Humane Society will no longer be picking up strays unless it is an emergency.

We have formed a Feral Animal Committee and would love to have animal lovers join our on-going efforts to humanely control feral animals on the mountain. It would be terrific if other Tantalus residents would pitch in. Be part of the solution. We need your help!

There are many ways to volunteer. E-mail vdurand (at) hawaii.rr.com or kolekolea (at) gmail.com if you can help.