The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 9:36 this morning for lost hikers at the Lulumahu Falls Trail in the Nuʻuanu Valley area of Oʻahu. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 9:49 a.m., established command then four fighters began ascending into the trail on foot.
A 37-year-old female visitor, who had been hiking with her husband and two daughters for about an hour, called 911 when they became lost. She reported no one was injured, but they definitely needed help getting down. The HFD utilized GPS on the caller’s cell phone to locate within approximately eight meters of the lost hikers.
Fire fighters made contact with the lost hikers at 10 a.m., then escorted the family safely out of the trail. The incident commander determined there was no need for Air 1 and a second engine that had been dispatched earlier to establish a landing zone.
The visiting family, rescued today, was grateful and adamant that they won’t be hiking again. Instead, they intend to go to the beach.
The HFD urges the public to plan before hiking and follow these safety tips:
Hike with a Partner
It is safer to hike with another person. If not, at least tell someone where you are planning to hike and what time you are starting your hike.
Bring a Cellular Phone
In case of an emergency your cell phone can be a lifesaver. Prior to your hike, ensure that your battery is full and pack a back-up battery.
Bring Food and Water
It is important to have water and snacks with you during a hike to stay nourished and avoid dehydration.
Get Information about the Trail
Prior to hiking, learn about the trail you plan to hike so you will know exactly where to start and its degree of difficulty. Follow signs or directions. Do not rely on social media for accurate information about a trail.