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October 3, 2005 12:05 AM

Broken: Tropical stop sign

And_then_whatThe McCorisons see this sign in Hawaii and ask:

And then what?


Plant X-ing.

Posted by: gmangw at October 3, 2005 12:26 AM

Break out the machetes.

Posted by: Alden Bates at October 3, 2005 12:48 AM

Sorta, but not really broken.

Posted by: Natural road block at October 3, 2005 01:40 AM

Well, the sign is correct, and at night in the rain, this reflective stop sign might be the difference between going off road into the jungle or not, especially if you are unfamilliar with the road.

This actually happend to me once. It was late, foggy and I was trying to find my campsite. I ended up driving down the boat ramp, I stopped just in time as I nottice my headlights bouncing off the lake, a few feet in front of me.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at October 3, 2005 06:40 AM

Correct as usual, JW, but a stop sign wouldn't be the correct sign to use here. Generally you'd use a guardrail with orange reflectors or an orange and white sign.

Posted by: Bob at October 3, 2005 08:07 AM

"...I ended up driving down the boat ramp, I stopped just in time as I nottice my headlights bouncing off the lake..."

...prompting the legendary line and subsequent Fox spin-off series:

"Come on honey, it's the best, most secluded campsite in the park! It's a little soggy, but I'm sure it'll dry out by noon..."

Posted by: DaveC426913 at October 3, 2005 09:26 AM

DaveC - you caught me, I was about 18 or so and was with my high school sweetheart (now my wife).

Posted by: Joshua Wood at October 3, 2005 10:48 AM

_@_v - looks like there was a road (and perhaps an intersection) there once till a lava flow took over and they never bothered to take down the sign.

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at October 3, 2005 12:08 PM

This is the road fell into the crater in a big earthquake in 1975. If you walk just past that stop sign, the road ends at the edge of the caldera. They rebuilt the road some distance away, but they've left the old road and signs there so you can hike through it and see everything.

Posted by: Stan at October 3, 2005 12:20 PM

I would think that after you stopped, you would have to back up and figure out where you really meant to be. No need for the stop sign - obvious. BROKEN.

Posted by: julie at October 3, 2005 01:35 PM

addition to previous comment...

I think they meant {STOP!!, OR DIE!!}.. they just forgot to put the {OR DIE!!} part on the sign...whatever, we all have to die somewhere/somtime.

p.S. i am not being morbid, but GET REAL (how 80's was THAT comment.

Posted by: julie at October 3, 2005 01:48 PM


My initial thoguht was laval as well, since I've seen video of other roads crossed over by lava, but I didn't think that the jungle would establish itself over the lava that quickly 10-20 years vs. 100-200 years.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at October 3, 2005 02:30 PM

Actually, you would be suprised by how fast the jungle can take over a lava feild after an eruption. Typically within a year algae and moss will form on the rock and break it down into dirt, which small ferns will then use to grow creating more dirt and holding water. Then larger and larger plants come. The forest can reclaim the whole area in only a matter of years. Look at Mt. Saint Helens, an area where the plants aren't used to eruptions, and plants are growing anew already.

Posted by: Rick at October 4, 2005 04:30 AM

I really have to question if this is "broken". Obviously this is a sign that was up before the event that caused the "jungle" to be there. Because of the jungle there is a definately need for some kind of a warning here. The sign in question does the job. I think I would add a sign in the middle of the road, but it is not borken as is. On the other hand it is a funny picture.

Posted by: Ray Stevens at October 4, 2005 10:36 AM

This sign needs no fixing.

I do like the idea of slapping on a "STOP OR DIE" sign/sticker/whatever on that intersection.

That is one of the wierdest signs I've seen in a while though.

Worthy of a good chuckle.:)

Posted by: Sido at October 5, 2005 11:20 PM

This looks as if it MIGHT have been a road at some time. It looks like its paved partway and has been overgrown. Maybe it is a DIRTROAD or used to be.

Could be a failed development or something.

Posted by: Mark Harrison at October 6, 2005 05:19 AM

is this in kauai ?.. i think i was there before...

Posted by: Matt at October 8, 2005 12:05 PM

is this in kauai ?.. i think i was there before...

Posted by: Matt at October 8, 2005 12:08 PM

Double post!

Posted by: levykid at January 14, 2006 04:47 PM

Then what?


A) turn right

B) turn left

C) back up (or make a U turn)

D) wait til the jungle dies, rots and clears.

Situation = NOT BROKEN

Question asker = BROKEN.

Posted by: Jcardo at January 28, 2006 02:44 PM

Actually, this may be one of those cases in Hawaii where there WAS once a road there, but a volcano errupted and covered it over.

From what I hear, it's a common occurance. True, they should replace the STOP sign with a DEAD END or guard rail or something else.

Posted by: RaleighRob at March 2, 2006 03:53 PM

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