At the peak of the Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail (Photo Credit: Dean Ramos)

My, my, my, it has been a while since I hiked this relatively easy, paved trail. Not sure when it was repaved but there was plenty of new steps and guard rails that I don’t recall since the last time I went to the Makapu‘u Lighthouse.

As I was enjoying the view and appreciating the changes made to the trail, it dawned on me that hiking is a lot like challenges I have with my line of work. Some hikes are documented by individuals and other hikes are officially in the record books (such as the Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail). This observation is a good or a bad thing depending on your perspective.

Discovering these new guard rails and steps, part of me thought, “This is not adventurous anymore. There’s going to be a ton of tourist now and it’s not going to be as peaceful as it was before.” On the other hand, seeing so many people enjoy being outside and the views reminded me that I cannot be greedy about all the nice things Hawaii has to offer. At the end of the day, it made me happy, even though the rails are deterring people like me who tend to go off the beaten path.

Just like changes to a system, there’s going to be positives and negatives. It all depends on the stakeholders, especially the users. I’m not the only one interested in seeing awesome views and Hawaii does generate an income with visitors. There’s plenty to debate (rail, bikeshare, paved hikes, skyscrapers, etc) but I hope the changes have positives that outweigh the negatives.

Got a favorite hike? Do you like discovering awesome sights? Let’s talk story. Holler @ me.

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