The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 12:33 this afternoon about an injured hiker at the Makiki Valley Loop Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 12:43 p.m., established command then ascended up the trail on foot while the incident commander established a landing zone at the Archie Baker Mini Park, located on Makiki Heights Road.
Apparently, a 75-year-old female, who was hiking with her daughter and granddaughter, tripped and fell, which caused her to break her left ankle. The family, visiting from Virginia, hadn’t been hiking long and was approximately a half mile from the trailhead when the patient was injured. Four fire fighters, who first hiked in, made contact with the injured hiker at 1:10 p.m. then rescue specialists arrived at the patient side at 1:13 p.m. The HFD personnel stabilized the injured hiker and placed a cardboard splint on her left ankle. Due to the severity of the ankle injury, the patient was loaded onto a basket stretcher and Air 1 airlifted her along with one rescue specialist to the landing zone where an American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance was waiting on behalf of the Emergency Medical Services. Patient care was transferred to the AMR at 1:30 p.m.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and follow these safety tips:
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 the degree of difficulty. When you get to the trail’s entrance, follow signs or directions. Do not go off the trail. Do not rely on social media for information about a trail.