The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a single 911 call today at 8:20 a.m. for a person who may have fallen off the Koko Crater Trail in Hawaii Kai. Five resource units staffed with 16 personnel responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 8:29 a.m. The 911 caller reported that while he was on the top of the trail, he thought he heard the sounds of a person falling and landing into the Crater but did not witness it visually. At the base of the trail, the ground search focused on asking other hikers if they were missing any in their party or heard any other hikers calling for help. Because of the terrain of the area that was identified by the 911 caller, Air 1 was used to perform an aerial search for the possible hiker. After an extensive aerial search, no persons or signs of disturbed brush were found on the cliff side and the ground search revealed no hiker was missing or in need of assistance.
The HFD recognizes the good intentions of the 911 caller in describing what he heard and how he did not hesitate to call for help. The information he provided allowed the HFD to utilize our local knowledge of the area and technical expertise with performing ground and aerial searches as we provide for a safer community.
The HFD provides the following safety tips:
• Hike with a Partner
Don’t hike alone. Frequently, people who get into trouble are alone. In case of an emergency, your partner’s help can be invaluable. Don’t separate from your group.
• Look out for other Hikers
Be aware of other hikers. Stay alert and listen for those who are in need of help.
For more information, please visit www.fire.honolulu.gov