The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:29 this afternoon about a hiker in distress at the top of the Koko Crater Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 1:47 p.m., established command then began ascending up the trail on foot while the incident commander established a landing zone at the nearby Koko Head District Park.
A 48 year-old woman, visiting from California, called 911 to report that she had been hiking since 12:30 p.m. but needed help because of a possible pulled hamstring in her right leg and she was unable to walk.
Engine 34 fire fighters, who hiked all the way up to trail, made initial contact with the injured hiker and assessed her condition. Then Air 1 transported Rescue 1 personnel over to the Koko Crater and inserted them into the summit area. HFD personnel escorted her a few steps then packaged and loaded her onto Air 1 to airlift her to the landing zone where an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) unit was waiting. Patient care was transferred to EMS at 2:23 p.m.
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 hiking alone, 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. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike. We recommend packing an external back-up battery.
Get Information about the Trail
Research the trail you intend to hike so you will know where to start and its degree of difficulty. When you begin, read and follow signs and directions. Do not go off the trail and do not rely on social media for information about a trail.