The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 5:07 p.m. today to rescue a hiker from the Piliwale Trail. Four HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 5:24 p.m., established command and investigated further.
It was reported that the hiker, a 29 year-old female visiting from the mainland, had been hiking the trail alone since 2 p.m. and became lost. She was uninjured.
The HFD was able to maintain communication with the hiker via cell phone and utilized the GPS from the phone to track her approximate location.
A landing zone was established at the nearby Pali Golf Course for the HFD’s Air 1. Rescue personnel were transported via Air 1 to the hiker’s location and safely extracted her back to the landing zone at 6:08 p.m. Emergency Medical Services was dispatched to assess the hiker’s condition as a precautionary measure. The hiker refused treatment and transportation.
The heavy 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
Hike With A Friend
It is safer to hike with another person. If not, at least tell someone where you are planning to hike and what time you are starting your 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. Do not just rely on social media to get the information you need about a trail.
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.