The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 6:33 p.m. for a hiker who
injured his lower back about 30 steps from the top of the trail. Five HFD units, staffed
with 17 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 6:41 p.m. and
proceeded up the trail by foot. Incident command was established and an engine
company secured a landing zone in an open field at Koko Head District Park.
HFD’s Air 1 arrived on scene and rescue specialists boarded the aircraft. Air 1 was then
diverted to a swimmer in distress at a popular scenic location called “Spitting Caves.” A
second HFD helicopter, Air 3, was dispatched to assist with extraction of the injured
hiker in the absence of Air 1. Patient contact was made at 6:59 p.m. and found the
injured hiker to be in stable condition. The patient, a 24-year-old male serving in the
military, slipped and fell, possibly injured his tailbone and indicated he had a hard time
moving his legs. Air 1 returned shortly and a rescue specialist was inserted into the
trail. The patient was packaged and airlifted to the landing zone where patient care was
transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 7:31 p.m. The injured hiker was alone in
his hiking party. 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
● Pack Food (Snacks) and Water
● Stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.
● 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