The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 7:42 this morning about a hiker suffering from a heat-related illness at the top of the Koko Crater Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 7:50 a.m., established command then ascended up the trail, on foot, all the way up to the summit. Air 1 was en route as the incident commander established a landing zone at the Koko Head District Park.
A 27-year-old female visitor from Arizona, who had hiked to the summit with two companions, became ill due to heat exhaustion. Three fire fighters made contact with the distressed hiker at 8:12 a.m. then took the patient’s vitals and determined she was stable. Then Air 1 with two rescue specialists, on board, landed on top of the pillbox at the summit. The patient was able to walk onto Air 1, which airlifted her to the landing zone. Patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 8:33 a.m. The other two hikers were not injured and walked down the trail on their own.
The remaining HFD personnel were airlifted from the summit by Air 1. The incident closed at 8:59 a.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, the climate conditions 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.