The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 4:13 p.m. this afternoon to rescue two hikers from the Puu Manamana Trail in Kaaawa. Five HFD units, staffed with 13 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 4:32 p.m., established command and investigated further.
It was reported that two local hikers, both 19-year-old males, had been hiking the trail since around 10:15 a.m. and were unable to continue the hike due to their location on the trail. Both hikers were uninjured.
The HFD maintained communication with the hikers via cell phone, informed them to stay put, and utilized GPS to track their approximate location, placing them near the peak of the trail.
The HFD’s Air 1 arrived at a nearby landing zone at Swanzy Beach Park, picked up two Rescuers and proceeded to the hikers’ location. Both were located and Rescuers were inserted at their location, where they secured and transported each hiker back to the landing zone. The last hiker was safely transported to the landing zone at 5:22 p.m.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and provides the following hiking safety tips:
Bring Your Cellular Phone, Flashlight, Foul Weather Clothing, Whistle
In case of an emergency your cell phone can be a lifesaver. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike. We recommend packing 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 Hawaii, so pick one that suits your level.