The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 4:15 p.m. for a lost hiker on the Lanipo Trail in Kaimuki. Five HFD units responded with approximately 16 personnel. Fire crews arrived at the trailhead at 4:31 p.m. and ascended up the trail on foot in search of the lost hiker. HFD rescue specialists and Air 1 began an aerial search as well.
A 32 year-old female resident, hiking alone, reported being lost just off the trail about one and half miles from the trail head. Rescue personnel in Air 1 were able to spot the hiker from the air. HFD’s aircraft was able to land near the hiker’s location and she was airlifted to a landing zone at Palolo District Park. There were no injuries reported so the HFD did not call the Emergency Medical Services.
Hiking Safety Tips
If you call 911 to be rescued in the mountains, please stay in the same area so the rescuers can find you based on your last known geo-location coordinates.
Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed safely.
Be sure to have at least one cellular phone with a full battery in case you need to call for assistance.