The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 11:46 this morning about an injured hiker at the Maunawili Falls Trail. Four HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 11:53 a.m., established command and assessed the situation.
A 47-year-old female visitor from California was hiking with four companions when she injured her right knee. Two rescue specialists hiked into the trail via the Maleko Street entrance in order to quickly make patient contact at 11:59 a.m. They packaged the patient onto a rescue stretcher, which Air 1 then airlifted to a landing zone that had been established at the nearby Maunawili District Park. Patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 12:36 p.m. The other four hikers were not injured and walked out of the trail, accompanied 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.