The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 9:46 this morning for a hiker in distress on the Diamond Head Crater Trail in Kahala. Five resource units, staffed with 13 personnel, responded to the rescue call.

The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 9:54 a.m. and ascended the trail on foot to the hiker’s location, reported to be near the bunker, while simultaneously establishing a landing zone.

HFD’s Air 1 inserted rescue personnel at the bunker and rescue personnel made contact with the 38-year-old female hiker at 10:13 a.m. After completing an initial medical assessment and providing basic life support treatment, rescue personnel secured the hiker onto a rescue stretcher, which Air 1 safely transported to the landing zone located in Diamond Head Crater. Care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 10:30 a.m. The hiker’s six companions and a child descended the trail safely under their own power.

Hiker Safety Tips
• Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed
• 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.