The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:40 p.m. this afternoon to
rescue a distressed hiker on the Diamond Head Trail. The 911 caller reported a 28-year-old
female visitor was hiking with four family members when the female became dehydrated.
Five HFD units, staffed with approximately 17 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at
the scene at 2:49 p.m. and proceeded on foot up the trail.
HFD personnel arrived at the patient at 3:00 p.m., performed an assessment and initiated
an airlift operation. To expedite the airlift operation, Air 1, while en route, rendezvoused with
Rescue 1 who also diverted while en route. Air 1 boarded two rescue personnel and
proceeded to the incident location.
While the resources were en route, HFD personnel established Command and a Landing
Zone at the Diamond Head State Monument Park.
The HFD’s Air 1 arrived at the trail at 3:19 p.m., made contact with and began to package
the patient. Air 1 then transported the injured hiker to the landing zone where patient care
was transferred to EMS at approximately 3:35 p.m.
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 Hawai‘i, so pick one that suits your level.