The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 12:16 this afternoon about an injured hiker at the Pauoa Flats Trail. Four HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 12:24 p.m., established command and assessed the situation.
A 22-year-old female visitor from Washington State, with three companions, began hiking from the Manoa Falls Trail to Pauoa Flats Trail, which is where the woman injured her right knee. Due to the hiking party being in an area very deep and high up the trail, Air 1 flew over the heavy canopy of trees and inserted two rescue specialists into the area. The HFD personnel stabilized the injured hiker, placed a splint on her knee, packaged and placed her onto a stretcher, then carried her to the extraction point for Air 1 to airlift her to a landing zone that had been established at the nearby Manoa District Park. Patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 1:54 p.m.
The other three hikers were not injured and walked out of the trail, accompanied by HFD personnel.
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.