The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 6:12 this evening for a lost hiker on Pupukea Pillbox Trail. Four units staffed with 12 personnel responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 6:20 p.m. and ascended up the trail on foot while rescue specialists responded to the trail aboard HFD’s helicopter. Rescuers spotted the 30-year-old female hiker from the air and a rescue specialist was lowered from the aircraft to her location. The woman was a visitor from California hiking on her own, who called for help after becoming lost on her way to the pillbox. She was airlifted from the trail and transported to the landing zone at Sunset Elementary School by 6:59 p.m. There were no injuries. All HFD personnel were accounted and the incident was closed.
• Always let others know where you plan to hike and what time you expect to return.
• If you call 911 to be rescued in the mountains, please stay in the same area so the rescuers can find you based on your last known geo-location coordinates.
• Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed safely.