HIKER IN DISTRESS RESCUED ON KOKO HEAD TRAIL

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 9:05 this morning for a hiker in distress on Koko Head Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 9:11 a.m., established command and deployed an engine company to secure a landing zone at Koko Head Elementary School. 

A 34-year-old female was hiking up the trail with her husband when she started to not feel well. They made it approximately halfway up the trail, just past the bridge when she could not continue and 911 was called. 

HFD fire fighter personnel made their way on foot and made patient contact, determined her condition, and assessed vital signs. HFD’s helicopter, Air 1, airlifted rescue personnel to the hikers’ location. The patient was packaged and airlifted to the landing zone. Patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services personnel at 9:45 a.m. The patient’s husband was also airlifted to the landing zone shortly thereafter. No other injuries were reported for this incident. 

  Hiking Safety Tips:  

  • Bring a cell phone, which can be a lifesaver during an emergency. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike. We recommend packing an external back-up battery.  
  • Pack Food (Snacks) and Water. 
  • Stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.  
  • Know your physical abilities and limitations; select trails that can be enjoyed safely.  
  • Most accidents happen when hikers leave the established trail and disregard warning signs. Staying on the trail greatly reduces your chances of getting injured or lost.