The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 5:02 p.m. for a hiker in distress on a Kamanaiki Trail in Kalihi Valley. Four resource units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded to the rescue call. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 5:24 p.m. and ascended the trail on foot to search for the lone, 28-year-old, female hiker. The geolocation from her 911 call plotted her less than a mile from the start of the trail, but steep terrain prevented the fire fighters on the ground from finding her. She called 911 for help because she was confronted by a large animal on the trail, felt unsafe, and was distressed. HFD’s Air 1 arrived at scene at 5:35 p.m. and conducted an aerial search. When visual contact was made with her, rescue specialists were inserted by air and were alongside her at 5:44 p.m. The uninjured hiker was airlifted safely off the trail to the landing zone at Kalihi District Park at 5:50 p.m. Because she did not have any injuries, medical attention from the Emergency Medical Services was not needed. HFD personnel concluded the incident with no reports of injuries.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and provides the following safety tips:
Get information about the Trail:
Prior to hiking, learn about the trail you intend to explore so you know the route, where to start, and the degree of difficulty. When you get to the trail’s entrance, read and follow the signs that are posted. Be aware of restricted or closed trails.
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.