The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:19 p.m. for a hiker in distress on Diamond Head Summit Trail. Five HFD units responded with approximately 16 personnel. The first HFD unit arrived within seven minutes and ascended up the trail on foot to find the hiker. Rescue specialists arrived at scene a short time later and joined the rescue effort. HFD personnel found the hiker on the trail at 1:36p.m.

The hiker was a 19-year-old female visiting from Missouri. She began feeling ill while hiking on the popular trail and was unable to continue. HFD rescue specialists conducted an initial assessment of the hiker’s condition then packaged her into a rescue stretcher for air extraction. While treating the first hiker, HFD personnel found that her mother was unable to continue down the trail and also needed assistance. So HFD rescue specialists also prepared the mother for air extraction. Both mother and daughter were then airlifted by HFD’s helicopter to a landing zone near the parking lot inside the Diamond Head Crater. They were placed in the care of Emergency Medical Services and transported to an area emergency room. HFD resources completed the incident with no reports of injuries.

Hiking Safety Tips:

  • Stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.
  • Know your physical abilities and limitations. Select trails that you can enjoy safely.