The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:25 this afternoon about lost hikers on Manana Trail. Four HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 1:52 p.m., established command and the incident commander secured a landing zone at the top of Waimano Home Road.
A 26-year-old female Kailua resident called 911 when she and her 23-year-old male companion got lost on the trail after they had been hiking since 9:00 a.m. Due to a poor cellular phone connection, the HFD’s Air 1 with three rescue specialists onboard conducted a visual search of the trail. HFD personnel spotted the lost hikers and Air 1 inserted two rescue specialists into their area at 2:13 p.m. There were no injuries. Air 1 then transported the female hiker to the landing zone at 2:23 p.m. followed by the male hiker at 2:30 p.m.
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.