To celebrate the end of another work week, I have prepared a post that I hope will make you chuckle. While on our Hawaii trip, we came across some peculiar signs that we had never seen before, so we decided to take pictures of them to share with you all.
We found the first one (photo to the left) on our first day on the island, at Hapuna Beach. Thankfully, it is a well-known beach that receives hundreds of visitors a week, or else we might have turned around and left the minute we saw this sign. A UXO is any unexploded, explosive weapon, such as a bomb, grenade, land mine, or bullet. Let’s be honest, stepping on one would pretty much be the worst thing that could happen to you while on vacation.
We came across the second sign while admiring the beautiful banyan trees along Banyan Drive in Hilo. “Do not drop off unwanted pets at park.” Is that really such a big issue that it needs to be addressed with a permanent sign?
But then we started seeing chickens and cats roaming around, and we suddenly understood the need for the sign.
Throughout our trip, we spotted the three signs below several times. Some form of warning is probably necessary, especially the ones about jumping or diving, but could that warning be made in a slightly less gruesome way? The “hazardous cliff” one was a bit mind-boggling because it was usually placed smack dab at the edge of a cliff. If you were standing close enough to the sign to read it and the ground broke off without warning, there would be absolutely nothing you could do. How about placing a sign a hundred feet back from the cliff that reads, “Potentially unstable cliff ahead, proceed with caution at your own risk”?
And then there were the homemade signs from the locals that make you realize that Hawaii is more than just a tourist destination. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for locals to attempt to deter tourists from visiting some of the best spots on the island with fake “Private Property” or “No Trespassing” signs. While those signs should not be tolerated, you have to appreciate the ones that kindly ask visitors to be respectful of the island. The sign below is found at the Green Sand Beach and reads “Welcome to Mahana Bay. Please do not take sand or graffiti the walls. Mahalo, the locals.”