HIKER IN DISTRESS RESCUED FROM THE KULIOUOU RIDGE TRAIL

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 3:26 p.m. to rescue an injured hiker on the Kuliouou Ridge Trail in Aina Haina with five units staffed with 16 personnel.  The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 3:40 p.m., established command and ascended the trail on foot to the hiker’s location.

The 911 caller, a 34-year-old male and his mother, a 56-year-old female, had been hiking for approximately 10 hours when the mother began to experience chest pains and was having difficulty breathing.

Fire fighters located the injured hiker at 4:56 p.m., conducted an initial medical assessment and provided basic life support treatment.  The 56-year-old was packaged into a rescue stretcher and transported via the HFD’s Air 1 helicopter to a nearby landing zone located at Kuliouou Valley Park where patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 4:42 p.m.  The 34-year-old son descended and safely exited the trail on his own and was uninjured.  

Hiking Safety Tips: 

  • Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed safely. 
  • Prior to hiking, learn about the trail you intend to explore so you know the route, where to start, and the degree of difficulty.  When you get to the trail’s entrance, read and follow the signs that are posted.  Be aware of restricted or closed trails.