HFD RESCUES HIKER IN DISTRESS ON KUMAIPO LOOP TRAIL

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 5:21 p.m. for a hiker in distress on the Kumaipo Loop Trail in Waianae Valley. Six resource units, staffed with 18 personnel, responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 5:39 p.m. The 911 caller’s location was plotted by GPS at approximately two miles from the trailhead. Air 1 arrived on scene and inserted a rescue specialist at the hiker’s location. Patient contact was made at 6:11 p.m. and the hiker was found very weak, previously vomited several times, and could not make her way out of the trail on her own to their vehicle. The hiker was airlifted to the landing zone located at Kaneaki Neighborhood Park where patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 6:26 p.m. The hiker was transported in stable condition. The remaining hikers of the group exited the trail safely on their own. 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.