The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:50 p.m. for lost hikers on the Waimano Falls Trail in Pearl City. Five resource units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 2:00 p.m. The hikers’ location was reported to be one ridge over from Manana Ridge. The hikers, two 17-year-old females, set out on their hike at approximately 11:00 a.m. and were heading to the falls via Manana Ridge. After getting lost and losing cell phone signal, the hikers realized they needed to move to higher ground. After making their way up the ridge, they were able to regain cell phone reception and call 911. Air 1 arrived on scene and picked up one rescue specialist. Air 1 made its way to the ridge and was able to land at the hikers’ location at 2:22 p.m. The hikers were loaded onto the helicopter and airlifted to the landing zone located at Pearl City High School. The hikers were uninjured and medical treatment 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 hiking safety tips:
In case of an emergency your cell phone can be a lifesaver. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike.
If you lose cell phone connection, get to higher ground to improve your reception.
Start early. Your rescue probabilities are way better during daylight hours than at night. Getting a late start increases the possibility of getting caught in the dark. Know your turnaround time and stick to it to allow enough time to return.
Call or text 911 as soon as you need help. If you think you are lost, you probably are. The best thing to do is to call 911 as soon as you think you are in trouble.