The HFD received a 911 call at 3:34 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Maunawili Falls Trail. Six resource units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded to the emergency rescue call. The first fire fighters arrived at the Maleko Street trailhead at 3:44 p.m. and ascended approximately quarter of a mile in, on foot, to make contact with the patient at 4:08 p.m. The 43-year-old visitor was descending the trail with his wife and two children when he injured his right ankle and was unable to exit the trail. Prior to Air 1’s arrival, the injured father was treated for his injuries and moved to a clear area for extraction. When Air 1 arrived, the rescue specialists were inserted into the area to package the patient and airlifted him safely to the landing zone located nearby at the Maunawili Neighborhood Park. Patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 4:33 p.m. His wife and two children were not injured and exited the trail on foot under their own power.
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.