The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call on August 11, 2021 at 6:21 p.m. for lost hikers between the Manana and Upper Waimano Trails in Pearl City. The HFD dispatched 4 resource units, staffed with 12 personnel, to this incident. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 6:32 p.m. to secure a landing zone off of Waimano Home Road.
It was reported that three hikers, including two visiting males and one resident female, all 21-year-olds, had started their hike from the Manana Trail at 3:00 p.m. The HFD utilized the GPS from one of the hikers’ cell phones, which placed the hikers between both trails, and approximately one and a half miles from the Upper Waimano trailhead. The HFD’s Air 2 transported Rescue specialists to the hikers location at 6:50 p.m. and began to extract and transport each hiker to the landing zone. The last hiker was reported safely at the landing zone at 7:18 p.m. and no injuries were reported.
Hiking Safety Tips
● Start the hike early
Allow enough time to exit the trail well before dusk arrives so visibility does not make it harder for rescuers to find you.
● Stay on the Trail
Most incidents happen when hikers leave the established trail. 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.