The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call today at 5:12 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Aihualama Trail in Manoa. Five resource units staffed with 16 personnel responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the trailhead on Manoa Road at 5:25 p.m. and ascended the Manoa Falls Trail on foot to access the Aihualama Trail. The geolocation plotted from the 911 call placed the injured hiker about three-quarter of a mile above the top of the Manoa Falls Trail. The firefighters on foot made contact with the 39-year-old male patient at 6:03 p.m. After hiking for three hours on the trail with his 23-year-old female companion, he sustained a left ankle injury and could not continue. Because of the dense tree canopy overhead, Air 1 was challenged with making visual contact with the fire fighters on the ground, but eventually located them and lowered equipment and rescue specialists to package the patient for an unattended extraction. Once the patient was packaged, Air 1 airlifted the injured male to the landing zone located nearby at the Manoa District Park where patient care was transferred to the awaiting Emergency Medical Services unit at 6:24 p.m. The uninjured female hiker was also airlifted and arrived at the landing zone at 6:32 p.m. All HFD personnel were accounted for and exited the trail safely with no reports of injuries.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and 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.
• 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.
For more information, visit www.fire.honolulu.gov