As the hot, humid days of October bear down on many island hikers in Hawaii, we can all look forward to the cooling winds and short bursts of tropical rainstorms that will start to cool things off in November. More snowbirds from the US mainland will soon be arriving in the islands for the winter season, and many will be hitting Hawaii's trails, from waterfall hikes and cloud forest rambles and volcano treks.
So now is a great time to remember all those Leave No Trace (LNT) principles for reducing our impact on Hawaii's fragile natural landscapes and rare wildlife while we're hiking. Earlier this year, I talked with Hawaii Public Radio (NPR) about hiking and ecotourism in the islands, and what visitors need to know before they go exploring on foot.
You can take a listen to our conversation archived here. Just fast forward to minute 17:00, please.
Got your own eco-tips for hiking, camping and traveling light in the Hawaiian Islands? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Thanks!
Hawaii NPR: The Conversation, February 16, 2011
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