The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:11 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Ka’au Crater Trail in Palolo. Four resource units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 2:16 p.m. HFD’s helicopter (Air 1) arrived on scene, loaded fire and rescue personnel on-board, and made its way to the patient’s location. Air 1 was able to obtain a visual of the injured hiker and HFD personnel were inserted at the patient’s location at 2:53 p.m. The hiker, a 34-year-old female, injured her back after falling approximately 25-30 ft. near a waterfall. HFD personnel assessed the patient, performed spinal motion restriction protocols, and packaged her up for transport. Air 1 airlifted the patient from the trail to the landing zone and patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services personnel at 3:19 p.m. The patient was transported to an area hospital. HFD personnel concluded the incident with no reports of injuries.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and provides the following safety tips:
Get information about the Trail
Prior to hiking, learn about the trail you intend to explore so you know the route, where to start, and the degree of difficulty. When you get to the trail’s entrance, read and follow the signs that are posted. Be aware of restricted or closed trails.
Assess Your Capabilities
Compare your level of fitness, ability, and experience with the trail description. Be practical and realistic. There are a wide variety of trails in Hawaii, so pick one that suits your level.
Although jumping from cliffs and ledges may seem fun, it is very dangerous, especially at a waterfall which makes surrounding rocks wet and slippery. Underwater rocks and other unseen hazards make such activities even more risky. It is highly recommended to avoid these actions entirely, especially when it may seem safe to do them.