The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 12:19 p.m. today to rescue two hikers from the Kaau Crater Trail. Four HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 12:33 p.m., established command and investigated further.
It was reported that two hikers, including a 26 year-old male and a 23 year-old female, both visiting from the mainland, had been hiking the trail since around 7 a.m. and were unsure of their ability to continue the hike. They then decided to call 911 for assistance. Both hikers were uninjured.
The HFD maintained communication with one of the hikers via cell phone, informed them to stay in their location, and utilized the GPS from their phone to track their approximate location.
A landing zone was established at the nearby Palolo Valley District Park for the HFD’s Air 1. Rescue personnel were airlifted via Air 1 to the hikers’ location where nearby power lines presented a potential hazard. Both hikers were safely secured and transported via Air 1 to the landing zone at 1:18 p.m.
The HFD reminds the public to hike safely and provides the following hiking safety tips:
Hiking Safety Tips
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.