The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 11:04 this morning about an injured hiker at the Lulumahu Falls Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 14 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 11:15 a.m., established command then began ascending the trail on foot while the incident commander established a landing zone at the Nuuanu Reservoir.
The 911 caller reported that his 47-year-old father had fallen and was hurt. The son was not injured. Both are visiting from Georgia and they had just begun their hike toward the falls when the father slipped and fell on a rock injuring his knee, possibly dislocating it.
Four fire fighters hiked into trail and quickly made contact with the injured hiker at about 11:30 a.m. then Rescue 1 personnel assisted by loading the patient onto a stretcher in order to carry him safely out of the trail. Patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at 1:00 p.m. EMS reports the patient declined to be taken to a hospital. Instead, EMS transported the patient and his son to their car.
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.