The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 8:48 this morning about an injured hiker on the Maunawili Falls Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 8:59 a.m., established command then immediately began hiking up the trail as the incident commander established a landing zone at the Maunawili Neighborhood Park.
A 48-year-old female visitor from South Carolina was injured while hiking with her two teenaged children. She stepped in a muddy area, slipped and fell which caused her to twist her right ankle.
Four fire fighters, who hiked up the trail, made contact with the patient at 9:12 a.m. then shortly thereafter, the HFD’s Air 1 inserted a rescue specialist into the area. The HFD personnel packaged the patient into a rescue stretcher, which Air 1 transported to the landing zone. Patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 9:57 a.m. Her children were not injured and they walked out of the trail on their own, escorted by HFD personnel.
Hiking Safety Tips
Bring a cell phone with a full battery. It can be a lifesaver during an emergency.
Pack food and water. Stay hydrated.
Know your physical abilities and limitations.
Research the trail you intend to hike to avoid getting lost or injured.
Do not go off the trail. Do not rely on social media for information about a trail.