The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 7:16 a.m. for a person who fainted and lost consciousness due to exhaustion on the Koko Crater Trail in Hawaii Kai. Five resource units staffed with 16 personnel responded. The first firefighters arrived at the scene at 7:24 a.m., ascended to the 800-foot mark of the trail by foot, and made contact with the patient at 7:39 a.m.
Apparently, a 65-year-old male and his 27-year-old daughter arrived into Honolulu two days ago to visit. While running up the trail this morning with his daughter, he felt dizzy, sat down to rest, and lost consciousness for a few minutes. After an initial medical assessment and monitoring of his condition, HFD personnel assisted both hikers to the top of the trail where Air 1 was able to land so they could enter the aircraft. Air 1 then transported them both to the landing zone located nearby at the Koko Head District Park where patient care was transferred to the EMS at 8:07 a.m. All HFD personnel were accounted for with no reports of injuries.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and provides the following safety tips:
Get information about the Trail
Prior to hiking, learn about the trail you intend to explore so you know the route, where to start, and the degree of difficulty. When you get to the trail’s entrance, read and follow the signs that are posted. 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.