The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:38 this afternoon for a lost hiker on the Lulumahu Falls Trail. Four HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first units arrived at the scene at 2:51 p.m., established command and deployed an engine company to secure a landing zone at the Nuuanu Reservoir.
A 32-year-old-male visitor, who was not injured and hiking alone for approximately 90 minutes, called 911 when he realized he was lost. Four fire fighters entered the trail, on foot, from the Nuuanu Reservoir side while HFD’s Air 1 and rescue personnel conducted an aerial search. The lost hiker was located at a streambed via the GPS connection with his cell phone. The fire fighters, hiking into the trail, made contact with the lost hiker at about 3 p.m. then escorted him safely out of the trail.
Hiking Safety Tips:
● Bring a cell phone with a full battery and pack an external back-up battery.
● Pack food, snacks and water.
● Stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.
● 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.