The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 6:25 p.m. for two lost hikers on the Manoa Falls Trail. Five units responded with 16 personnel. The first HFD units arrived at 6:33 p.m. and rescue specialists arrived at scene a short time later to join the rescue effort.
The hikers were a 22-year-old female and a 20-year-old male visiting from Arkansas. They were hiking for about six hours before they went off the trail, became disoriented, and called for help. Due to inclement weather, rescuers were initially unable to utilize HFD’s Air 3 to help with the rescue. However, weather conditions improved temporarily and Air 3 was able to locate the hikers and insert one rescue specialist into their location. The lost hikers were found off of the main trail and had to be assisted through a steep area of the mountain. Six HFD personnel slowly escorted the two hikers down the mountain and back to the trailhead. Both hikers and HFD personnel safely exited the trail at approximately 9:00 p.m. There were no reported injuries.
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 coordinate.
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.
Be sure to have at least one cellular phone with a full battery in case you need to call for assistance.