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Pillboxes at Lanikai hiking trail deteriorating

A popular Windward Oahu hiking trail sees countless hikers every day. How safe is it?

There have been concerns about rocks falling at the Lanikai Pillbox Trail, that danger is currently being addressed, but hikers have brought up new issues about the pillboxes and are worried they could one day come crashing down.

Ask any hiker headed up the Lanikai Pillbox trail and you'll probably hear something like this. "The pillboxes, its quite a historic place and its an unbelievable view on Oahu," said hiker Lasse Christiansen.

Many hikers KHON2 spoke with also had concerns.

"I have been coming here for a few years and it is definitely deteriorating up there," said hiker Noah Cronin.

"It looks like a very hazardous situation because a lot of people go up there with their kids," said hiker Taylor Kennedy.

Many people climb on the pillboxes and the the concerns are that many of the support beams are rusty and falling apart.

"It is only a matter of time before one breaks off and someone is going down the hill," said Cronin.

"There is a lot of concern that these are really starting to show their age," said Rep. Chris Lee. "They are a community asset that everyone loves to enjoy and it would be tragic to lose that so the state is really starting to look at how they can be fixed up."

The Department of Land and Natural Resources said the Division of Forestry and Wildlife plans to hire a consultant to assess the historical status and structural engineering strength. Then they will come up with options for repair costs, but it all depends on funding if something can be done.

"I think time is of the essence just because people use these day in and day out," said Lee. "They are something that need attention so I expect the state will be doing something as soon as the budget allows."


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