The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 9:16 p.m. for lost hikers on the Manana Falls Trail in Pearl City. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. Rescuers were able to contact the hikers by phone and determined that they were still a fair distance from the trailhead. The first HFD crew arrived at the scene at 9:33 p.m. and prepared for aerial rescue operations.
The lost hikers were a 29 year-old-male, a 24 year-old-female. They were hiking for some time on the trail with their dog when they became disoriented, lost their way, and called for help. When they called 911, they had only 25% battery life left on their cellular phone.
HFD’s Air 3 arrived at the incident and began an aerial search with personnel from HFD’s Rescue 1 on board. They were able to locate the lost hikers and a rescue specialist was inserted into the trail at 10:01 p.m. Both hikers and their dog were airlifted to a landing zone at Pearl City High School at 10:24 p.m. There were no reports of injuries.
Hiking Safety Tips:
• 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.
• Bring a cell phone, which can be a lifesaver during an emergency. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike. We recommend packing an external back-up battery.
• Stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.