The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:39 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Waimano Trail. Five units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded with the first unit arriving at scene at 1:54 p.m. Incident command was established and a landing zone was secured at an open field near the Pearl City High School. The GPS from a cell phone placed the injured hiker near the Waimano Pool, about a mile in from the trailhead. The fire fighters proceeded up the trail on foot while the HFD’s Air 1 conducted an aerial assessment for the hiker.
The fire fighters located the injured hiker at 2:14 p.m. and rescue specialists were inserted at their location shortly after. The hiker, a 28-year-old male, sustained injuries to his ankle and was unable to walk. The hiker was packaged and airlifted to the landing zone where patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 2:41 p.m. The hiker’s friend, who had initiated the 911 call for help, was escorted out of the trail by fire fighters. 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 battery.
- Know your physical abilities and limitations; select trails that can be enjoyed safely
- 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.