The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 4:47 p.m. for lost hikers on the Kaau Crater Trail, in Palolo, with four units, staffed with 12 personnel.  The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 5:03 p.m., established command and investigated further.

It was reported that the hikers, including a 45-year-old male and a 38-year-old female, both visiting from Maryland, began their hike at 12:30 p.m. and were unable to descend the trail on their own.  The hikers reported that they were uninjured.

At 5:08 p.m. the HFD’s Air 1 spotted both hikers near the summit of the trail and located an area to safely land near them.  The hikers were transported to a nearby landing zone at the Palolo Valley District Park at 5:28 p.m. and both reported no injuries.

Hiking Safety Tips: 

  • 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.
  • 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.