The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call today at 9:27 a.m. for an injured hiker on the Wiliwilinui Trail in Waialae Iki. Four resource units staffed with 12 personnel responded. The first fire fighters arrived to secure a landing zone for Air 1 at the Waialae Iki Park at 9:34 a.m. Because the geolocation from the 911 call placed the injured hiker at the summit of the Koolau mountain range, rescue specialists were inserted by air and made contact with the 11-year-old female patient at 10:00 a.m. While hiking for about two hours with her family, she fell on the trail and possibly fractured her right wrist. After providing first aid treatment and packaging for extraction, Air 1 airlifted the injured hiker and her uninjured mother to the landing zone located nearby at the Waialae Iki Park. Patient care was transferred to the awaiting EMS unit at 10:20 a.m. The patient’s father and two others in their group did not need medical attention and descended the trail under their own power. All HFD personnel were accounted for with no reports of injuries.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and provides the following safety tip:
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, please visit www.fire.honolulu.gov