Hawaii issues stern warning to tourists after TikTok video shows woman touching Hawaiian monk seal

KAUAI, Hawaii — A viral TikTok video of a tourist disturbing a Hawaiian monk seal is renewing calls for the state to educate visitors.

With the islands seeing more than 30,000 travelers a day on average, many residents say they’re fed up with what they call acts of disrespect.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Department of Land and Natural Resources have ongoing education campaigns, including flyers, signs, ads, and videos to tell tourists not to trespass or touch wild animals.

But while the vast majority of visitors are respectful of protected areas and wildlife, some people are still not