The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 7:21 p.m. for a lost hiker
on the Mount Kaala Ice Pond Trail in Waianae. Six resource units, staffed with 20
personnel, responded to the rescue call. HFD crews arrived at the scene at 7:37 p.m.
Rescue 2 met up with Air 3 en route to have rescue specialists and equipment loaded
onboard Air 3 and proceed to the reported location of the lost hiker.
Upon arrival at the hiker’s reported location, Air 3 and the rescue specialists onboard
made visual contact at 8:13 p.m. Weather conditions and the extremely steep terrain
were major factors in deciding to not extract the hiker by Air 3.
Rescue specialists were inserted into the mountain side and had to repel down to the
hiker, making contact at 9:06 p.m. An initial medical assessment confirmed the hiker
did not have any visible injuries.
The lost hiker, a 37-year-old male visitor, had apparently been hiking for eight hours
before calling 911. The hiker was then hauled up by a rope system to a safe location
by the rescue specialists. The lost hiker and HFD personnel were then airlifted by Air
3 to the secured landing zone fronting Waianae Intermediate School by approximately
10:00 p.m. All HFD personnel were accounted for with no reports of injuries.
Hiker Safety Tips
• Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed
• Always let others know where you plan to hike and what time you expect to
• 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.