The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 9:49 this morning about an injured hiker near the top of the Koko Crater Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 15 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 9:57 a.m., established command and began ascending up the trail on foot while the incident commander secured a landing zone at the Koko Head District Park.

A 21-year-old female visitor from North Carolina, who was hiking with her husband, injured her right ankle approximately 100 feet from the summit. Three fire fighters, who hiked up the trail, made contact with the injured hiker at 10:23 a.m. then assessed her and reported that her vitals were stable. HFD’s Air 2 inserted one rescue specialist into the trail where the injured hiker was packaged then airlifted to the landing zone. Care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 10:36 a.m. and the injured hiker declined transport to a hospital. Air 2 returned to the summit area to retrieve the uninjured husband and the remaining HFD personnel then airlifted all of them to the landing zone.

Hiker Safety Tips 

  • Know your physical abilities and limitations; select trails that you can enjoy safely. 
  • Learn about the trail you intend to explore. Know the route and its degree of difficulty. 
  • Read and follow the signs or directions. Be aware of restricted or closed trails.
  • Do not rely on social media for information about a trail.