LOST HIKER HEARD BY GOOD SAMARITANS AND RESCUED ON OLOMANA TRAIL

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 6:58 p.m. from a third party
person who reported that he heard someone calling for help on the Olomana Trail near
the first peak. Five resource units staffed with 16 personnel responded. The first fire
fighters arrived at the scene near the trailhead at 7:09 p.m. and ascended the trail by
foot to perform a ground search.

During the ground search operation, the fire fighters made contact with the Good
Samaritan caller and his hiking party at 7:24 p.m. Voice contact with the lost hiker was
made and was estimated to be 50-100 yards below the trail. A short time later, Air 3
made visual contact with the lost hiker utilizing night-vision equipment and inserted one
rescue specialist to make contact at 7:34 p.m. After being packaged, the lost hiker was
airlifted to the landing zone located nearby at the Maunawili Valley Neighborhood Park
where patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 7:40 p.m.

The Good Samaritan hiking party of three, who called 911, exited the trail safely with the
fire fighters who performed the ground search.

Hiking Safety Tip:
‚óŹ Most accidents happen when hikers leave the established trail and disregard
warning signs. Staying on the trail greatly reduces your chances of getting injured
or lost.