Volcanoes are an important part of my life. As soon as I learned that my husband was being stationed in Hawaii I knew that I needed to hike Diamond Head. Aside from volcanoes, I am also hugely passionate about education and conservation which makes maintaining the integrity of Diamond Head a critical goal of mine. Selfishly, I want to be able to hike Diamond Head for years to come. This paper will discuss how the demographics of recreationists and their environmental impacts on Diamond Head can possibly be addressed by management approaches.
Diamond Head trail is hiked by about a million people per year. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources engaged in a trail and park user census which detailed the user profile of those who chose to hike the Diamond Head trail. The results showed that people are more likely to hike in pairs while between 20-25% of people hike alone. Coincidentally, the percentage of people hiking in pairs rather than alone is consistent with a study of local parks that found that 81% of adult males participated in groups rather than by themselves (Chapter 2). The majority of people who hike Diamond Head heard about the trail by word of mouth and most hikers notified someone not with them that they intended to go hiking. People wore various footwear, including 69% running shoes, 12% tevas, 7% hiking boots, 6% slippers, 5% dress sandals, and 1% loafers while 5 people were observed wearing heels. Under 20% of the users got lost, slightly over 10% of users said they left the path, and 90% of the users recalled seeing signs but not what the signs said. The average age of hikers is 25-34, the majority of hiker...
... middle of paper ...
...have already suggested to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources that they improve their brochure. Hopefully changes like these will mean that I can continue to hike Diamond Head for a long, long time without worrying that a rock is going to fall on me or entire portions of the trail are going to shrink and become unusable from erosion.
In conclusion, the demographics of the recreationists who hike Diamond Head have had an increasingly damaging environmental impact on the trail. The management approach to address this should include education, conservation, and maybe even the implementation of physical barriers to stop people from leaving the trail. Diamond Head is my favorite place on Oahu so I am personally invested in trying to mitigate the damage and hopeful that an increase in management will keep the trail around for a long, long time.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Many geographers have attempted creating a unified theory explaining why cultures advance much more readily than others. Very few have actually reached mainstream society and even fewer seem reasonable. However, Jared Diamond shines where most do not. His book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, proposes an idea that has long been established called environmental determinism. Most view environmental determinism as a racist theory attributing a peoples’ intelligence only to their oppressive climates and geographical barriers.... [tags: Literary Analysis]
784 words (2.2 pages)
- Michael Porter developed Porter’s Diamond, also known as The Diamond Model, in 1990 in his book ‘The Competitive Advantage of Nations’. The four determinants of Porter’s diamond must operate as a system rather than individually. It provides the answers to ‘Why does nation achieve international success in a particular industry?’ (Porter, 1998:71). Despite the universal application of Porter’s diamond framework, many critics argued that the model is flawed. This essay aims to discuss the different critiques drawn to the diamond network.... [tags: porter's diamond, competitive advantage]
1123 words (3.2 pages)
- Deep within African mines, elusive diamonds lay enveloped in the Earth’s crust. Possessing much influence, beauty, and tension, nature’s hardest known substance causes parallel occurrences of unity and destruction on opposite sides of the globe. Diamonds, derived from the Greek word "adamas", meaning invincible, are formed deep within the mantle, and are composed entirely from carbon. Moreover, only under tremendous amounts of heat and pressure can diamonds form into their preliminary crystal state.... [tags: Diamond Mining, Mining Impact]
1994 words (5.7 pages)
- Cherokee Native American Indians and the Trail of Tears What made the Cherokee culture distinctive towards others in the Trail of Tears time period was that they had a more peaceful, harmless outlook on the situation. In 1814, Andrew Jackson who would eventually become the President of the United States, had his and his whole army’s lives on the line in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend to the British forces when the Cherokee allied with them to win the battle. Surprisingly, 16 years later when Jackson was President of the United States, he made the deciding decision on the controversy of whether or not the Cherokee deserved their land.... [tags: the trail of loss and adversity]
1243 words (3.6 pages)
- ... After watching the movie “Blood Diamond” Directed by Edward Zwick I realized that the main issue or problem in the movie was the blood diamonds. There are much more issues and problems in the movie but I believe this is the most important because the whole movie revolves around the blood diamonds. Blood diamonds were used in this movie and were the main focus of the movie. The reason for blood diamonds being the main economic issue or problem is because of the blood diamonds people were forced to work as slaves to find diamonds in the water so they can be used to buy guns.... [tags: Blood diamond, Sierra Leone, Diamond]
1047 words (3 pages)
- ... I have to give credit to my high-school economics teacher, who barged into my argument of how I was going to buy the biggest and most expensive diamond ever, with “you know diamonds are intrinsically worthless right?”. With the shock and awe of any lover of diamonds, I made it my goal to not only prove him wrong, but also clear the name for the gem, through research and truth. However, my research did not help me in my endeavor, instead it opened my eyes to the harsh reality that diamonds, like any other retail item out there, was not valuable as I might 've thought.... [tags: Diamond, Blood diamond, Diamonds as an investment]
720 words (2.1 pages)
- Stepping into a public library offers numerous books that have the power to cognitively transform any individual through education. In current times we have transformed our means of accessing information by having the ability to instantly find any information on the internet. However, are people interested in using this tool to educate themselves about current world problems. In our fast paced societies emphasizing economic success has made us forget the importance of the environment, the root of our existence.... [tags: Jared Diamond, Verlyn Klinkenborg]
1673 words (4.8 pages)
- The Diamond Diamond is the best known gem. It is known as the “king of gems” for its brilliance and for being the hardest mineral on earth. (Foa, p.50) Its characteristics enable it to be used for many different purposes. Since diamonds are the hardest gems on Mohs’ scale, they make useful tools for industrial purposes, such as drilling hard materials. However, they are quite rare, which makes them very valuable. Their beauty and brilliance make them perfect for jewelry. Diamond is made up of carbon.... [tags: Diamonds Jewelry]
1321 words (3.8 pages)
- The Oregon Trail The Oregon Trail was a very important aspect in the history of our country’s development. When Marcus and Narcissa Whitman made the first trip along the Oregon Trail, many Americans saw a window of opportunity. The Oregon Trail was the only practical way to pass through the Rockies. Pioneers crammed themselves into small wagons to try to make it to the unsettled land; however, 10% of these pioneers died on the way due to disease and accidents. The journey along the Oregon Trail was a very long and rough experience.... [tags: History Historical Oregon Trail Essays]
627 words (1.8 pages)
- When I was in the seventh grade, our class went on a field trip to Cherokee, North Carolina. The trip lasted four days and three nights, but the adventure would last a lifetime. The experience allowed me to learn many things about myself and to reflect on the beauty that was all around me. We departed at six-thirty in the morning, and I was so excited. I had never been away on a school trip for longer than a few hours. I tossed my purple duffel bag into the storage compartment, found my seat by the window, and prepared for what I knew would surely be an unforgettable adventure.... [tags: essays research papers]
984 words (2.8 pages)