LOST HIKER RESCUED FROM THE WAIMANO RIDGE TRAIL

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call this evening at 7:12 p.m. to rescue a lost hiker from the Waimano Ridge Trail in Pearl City with four units staffed with 12 personnel.  The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 7:22 p.m. and immediately established a landing zone off of Waimano Home Road near the Pearl City High School.

It was reported that a 29-year-old female, visiting from California, had started her hike around 6:15 p.m. and became lost and disoriented on the trail.  The HFD utilized the GPS from the hiker’s cell phone, which had placed her approximately one and a half miles from the trailhead.  

The HFD’s Air 3 conducted an aerial search for the hiker and Rescue specialists ascended the trail on foot.  At approximately 8:15 p.m., the hiker was located, assessed and reported no injuries.  Due to the heavy canopy, it was determined that an air extraction was not a viable option and the hiker would instead be escorted out of the trail on foot.  At 9:30 p.m. the hiker and rescue specialists were safely accounted for at the trailhead with no injuries.

Hiking Safety Tips

  • Start Exiting the Trail Well Before Sunset
    • Know what time the sun sets and allow enough time to exit well before dusk arrives so visibility doesn’t make it harder for rescuers to find you.
  • Stay on the Trail
    • 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.
  • Pack a cell phone
    • In case of an emergency your cell phone can be a lifesaver.  Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike and carry an extra battery power source.