The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:33 p.m. for a hiker in
distress on the Maunawili Demonstration Trail. Four resource units staffed with 12
personnel responded. The first HFD crew arrived at Maunawili Valley Neighborhood
Park at 2:40 p.m. to establish a landing zone for HFD’s Air 1.
A 48-year-old male reportedly was hiking alone approximately one mile from the
Maunawili Trails Road when he began experiencing breathing difficulties and general
weakness. When on the phone talking with responding agencies, the distressed hiker
could only speak in one word sentences.
Air 1 picked up rescue specialists from the landing zone and flew to the hiker’s
reported global positioning system location. Once locating the distressed hiker, the
rescue specialists were lowered down from Air 1 to the hiker, making contact at 3:06
p.m. A medical assessment of the hiker was then conducted. HFD’s rescue specialists
packaged the hiker for an aerial extraction after the medical assessment was completed.
The distressed hiker was then transported to the landing zone where medical care was
transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 3:27 p.m. HFD then concluded
operations with no injuries.
Hiker Safety Tips
• Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed
• Always let others know where you plan to hike and what time you expect to
• 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 coordinates.