The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 11:21 this morning about an injured hiker on the Lulumahu Falls Trail in Nuuanu. Four HFD units, staffed with12 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 11:33 a.m., established command and immediately deployed two fire fighters, on foot, into the trail.
According to the 911 caller, a 38-year-old-male, who was hiking with his adult niece and her two girlfriends, twisted his right leg and injured his ankle. The fire fighters, who initially ascended the trail, made patient contact at about 11:50 a.m. while HFD’s Air 1 made several passes over the waterfall area. Due to very windy conditions, Air 1 could not provide aerial support and safely extract the injured hiker. Therefore, seven HFD personnel hiked in approximately three quarters of a mile into the trail where they joined the others. They packaged the injured hiker onto a stretcher and began to carry him out of the trail at 12:28 p.m. Patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 1:20 p.m. The patient’s niece and her friends were not injured and walked out on their own, ahead of the HFD personnel.
Hiking Safety Tips:
● Bring a cell phone with a full battery and, if possible, 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.