The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:38 this afternoon about an injured hiker at the Kaʻau Crater Loop Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 1:47 p.m., established command and assessed the situation as the incident commander established a landing zone at the Palolo District Park.
A 24-year-old female visitor from Florida was hiking with three companions when she injured her left knee. Four firefighters hiked into the trail and located her via voice contact. They found her by a streambed near the falls and made patient contact at 2:26 p.m. HFD’s Air 1 inserted two rescue specialists into the area where the HFD personnel packaged the patient onto a rescue stretcher, which Air 1 then airlifted to the landing zone. Patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 3:01 p.m. The patient’s hiking companions were not injured and able to walk out of the trail on their own, escorted by HFD personnel.
Hiking Safety Tips:
Bring a cell phone with a full battery. We recommend packing an external back-up battery.
Research the trail you intend to hike so you will know in advance the degree of difficulty.
Follow the signs or directions. Do not go off the trail.
Do not rely on social media for information about a trail.