The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call today at 1:04 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Ohikilolo Trail in Makaha. Four resource units staffed with 12 personnel responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the Ohikilolo trailhead at 1:18 p.m. Because the injured hiker was on the top of the ridge and access to the three-person hiking group would be through steep and rocky terrain, rescue specialists were inserted by air. The rescue specialists made contact with the 51-year-old female patient at 1:54 p.m. After camping overnight with a 53-year-old male and 46-year-old female, she experienced tingling in her arms and legs about three hours into their hike today. After providing first aid treatment and packaging for extraction, Air 2 airlifted the injured hiker and her two uninjured hiking companions to the landing zone located nearby at the Paniolo Country Ranch. Patient care was transferred to the awaiting Emergency Medical Services unit at 2:01 p.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:
• Pack Enough Food (Snacks) and Water
Stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.
• 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.