Hawaii is a much sought after vacation paradise for tourists, with 8.9 million visitors arriving in 2016. However, fatal consequences have sometimes greeted these visits.
From 2003 to 2012, the rate of tourist drownings in Hawaii was 13 times greater than the national average and almost 10 times greater than people who live there. According to statistics from the state, 102 tourists drowned while snorkeling from 2003 to 2012, while only 13 Hawaii residents drowned within the same time period. Almost one tourist dies weekly in recreation accidents involving snorkeling, swimming, hiking and scenic drives. Snorkeling is the most common of these activities that led to a deadly accident.
A new law intended to lower Honolulu's pedestrian death-rate, which is among the highest in the country, is targeting the wrong cause and may not effectively deter this fatal injury. The new measure was signed into law in July and penalizes pedestrians who cross a street while looking at their cellphone.
The National Safety Council found that 13 workers are killed in this country each day in a fatal workplace accident. In its recent report on fatal accidents, the Council determined that Hawaii received a grade of a C and ranked 22nd among the states for overall workplace safety. No state received a grade of A.