The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 3:54 p.m. today to rescue two hikers from the Pali Notches Trail. Four HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 4:07 p.m., established command and investigated further.
It was reported that two adult males, ages 26 and 27, had been hiking the trail since 1 p.m. when one of them had lost his footing and slid down a short distance off the trail. The hiker was uninjured but was unable to make his way back to the trail. The HFD utilized the GPS from the hiker’s cell phone and placed them near the first notch of the trail.
A landing zone was established at the nearby Nuuanu Pali Lookout for the HFD’s Air 1. Rescue personnel were transported via Air 1 to the hiker’s location, where they safely extracted each of them back to the landing zone at 5:40 p.m. No injuries were reported for this incident.
The hikers’ location, heavy canopy and intermittent cloud cover presented some challenges during the rescue operation. The HFD reminds the public to hike safely and provides the following hiking safety tips.
Hiking Safety Tips:
Planning The Hike
Bring Your Cell Phone: In case of an emergency, your cell phone can be a lifesaver. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike. It is recommended to pack an external back-up battery.
Get Information About The Trail: Prior to hiking, learn about the trail you intend to hike so you will know the route, where to start, and the degree of difficulty. When you get to the trail’s entrance, read and follow signage. Be aware of restricted or closed trails.
Assess Your Capabilities: Compare your level of fitness, ability, and experience with the trail description. Be practical and realistic. There are a wide variety of trails in Hawai‘i, so pick one that suits your level.
During The Hike
Monitor Individuals: Monitor everyone’s condition. Dehydration, sunstroke, hypothermia, and fatigue can hit even experienced hikers.
In An Emergency
Call Or Text 911: Ask for Fire/Rescue. Tell them which trail you are on and what happened.
Stay Calm: Objectively assess your situation before making any decisions. Stay calm and positive.
Stay Put: You will be found more quickly and reduce the chances of getting into further trouble, especially after dark, by staying in one place. This is why it is important to notify someone of your hike location and destination.