The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 12:21 p.m. this afternoon for an injured hiker on the Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 12:36 p.m., established command and deployed an engine company to secure a landing zone at Koko Head Elementary School.
An adult male was hiking with a female companion when he injured his shoulder near the end of the trail and could not continue. HFD fire fighter personnel made their way on foot while the HFD’s helicopter, Air 1, airlifted rescue specialists to the hikers’ location. Patient contact was made at 12:55 p.m. The patient was packaged and airlifted to the landing zone. Patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 1:04 p.m. The patient’s companion was also airlifted to the landing zone shortly thereafter. No other injuries were reported for this incident.
Hiking Safety Tips:
Bring a cell phone, which can be a lifesaver during an emergency. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike. We recommend packing an external back-up battery.
Pack Food (Snacks) and Water
Stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.
Know your physical abilities and limitations; select trails that can be enjoyed safely
Most accidents happen when hikers leave the established trail and disregard warning signs. Staying on the trail greatly reduces your chances of getting injured or lost.