The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 10:33 a.m. for a hiker with a suspected head injury on the Manana Trail, approximately one hour in, just before the Waimano Pool. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 10:46 a.m. and proceeded up the trail. Incident command was established and an engine company secured a landing zone in an open field near the Pearl City High School. HFD personnel made their way on foot while the HFD’s Air 1, airlifted rescue specialists to the hikers’ location.
Patient contact was made at 11:13 a.m. The patient was a 53-year-old female, visiting from California, who slipped approximately ten feet down an embankment, twisted her ankle, bruised her wrist, and sustained minor injuries to her face. The patient was packaged and airlifted to the landing zone. Patient care was transferred to Emergency
Medical Services at 11:23 a.m. The two others in the patient’s hiking party were her two children, male (16) and female (15), who were escorted out of the trail by HFD fire fighters. No other injuries were reported for this incident.
Hiking Safety Tips:
● Bring a cell phone, which can be a lifesaver during an emergency. Ensure that
your battery is full prior to your hike. We recommend packing an external back-up
● Know your physical abilities and limitations; select trails that can be enjoyed
● Most accidents happen when hikers leave the established trail and disregard
warning signs. Staying on the trail greatly reduces your chances of getting injured