The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 12:30 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Maunawili Falls Trail. Five resource units, staffed with approximately 16 personnel, responded to the emergency rescue call. The first firefighters arrived at the Maunawili Falls trailhead at 12:43 p.m. and ascended by foot to approximately one-eighth of a mile in and made patient contact at 1:03 p.m.
Rescuers found a 58-year-old female, from a hiking party of nine hikers. Callers reported her jumping from the top of the falls, approximately 50 feet, injuring her back. Rescuers stabilized the patient and packaged her for airlift operations.
Air 1 arrived and airlifted her safely to the landing zone established nearby at the Maunawili Neighborhood Park where patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services Division at 1:47 p.m. Her hiking party exited the trail safely under their own ability and did not require any medical attention. All HFD personnel were accounted for and were not injured during the rescue operation.
Hiking Safety Tips:
● Stay on the Trail
Most accidents happen when hikers leave the established trail and
disregard warning signs. Staying on the trail greatly reduces your
chances of having a serious fall or getting lost. Hawaiian forests are not
like mainland forests—the growth is very dense, and it is easy to become
disoriented. Thick overgrowth can mask dangerously steep drop-offs.
● 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
Hawaii, so pick one that suits your level.