The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 12:56 p.m. this afternoon for an injured hiker on the Maunawili Demonstration Trail, which has been and remains permanently closed. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 12:59 p.m., established command and deployed an engine company to set up a landing zone at Maunawili Park.
One hiker, a 55-year-old male resident in a party of four, injured his ankle after falling from a height of approximately 10 feet and could not continue. HFD personnel made their way on foot while the HFD’s helicopter, Air 1, airlifted rescue specialists to the hikers’ location. One rescue specialist was inserted onto the trail and patient contact was made at approximately 1:28 p.m. The patient was packaged and airlifted to the landing zone. Patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 2:04 p.m. The patient’s companions hiked out on their own. No other injuries were reported for this incident.
Hiking Safety Tips:
Bring a cell phone. This 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 and Water.
Stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.
Know your physical abilities and limitations and 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.