The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:08 this afternoon about an injured hiker on the Puʻu Maʻeliʻeli Trail in Kaneohe. Five HFD units, staffed with16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 1:14 p.m., established command and secured a landing zone at the Ahuimanu Community Park.
A 49-year-old-female resident of Ewa Beach was hiking with her 13-year-old daughter for about an hour when she twisted her left ankle on a rock and heard a pop. The woman, who was near the top of the trail at the time, called 911 about her ankle injury and also reported that her daughter had separated from her. HFD personnel ascended the trail immediately and made contact with the injured hiker at 1:39 p.m. while HFD’s Air 1 surveyed the injured hiker’s location from the air to initially assess the wind conditions. Air 1 then inserted a rescue specialist into the location where the injured hiker was packaged and transported to the landing zone. Care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 1:37 p.m. The HFD’s incident commander had notified the Honolulu Police Department to check on the hiker’s daughter, who had walked out of the trail earlier and was in her mother’s vehicle, which the mother could unlock remotely, at the Times Supermarket parking lot. Later, the fire fighters descended the trail and delivered the hiker’s personal belongings to her husband, who came to pick up the daughter.
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.