The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 5:41 this evening for lost hikers on the Kaau Crater Trail in Palolo. Four resource units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded to the rescue call. The first fire fighters arrived at the Palolo District Park at 5:51 p.m. to secure a landing zone and provide fire protection for Air 1.
Since the 911 caller’s geolocation was about three-fourths of a mile from the trail’s entrance, Air 1 arrived at the landing zone to pick up two rescue specialists and equipment for an aerial search and airlift extraction. Even though visibility was marginal and dusk was approaching, contact was made with the two hikers who were uninjured but lost. Rescue specialists quickly packaged them so Air 1 could begin to airlift them individually to the landing zone. The last hiker arrived safely at the landing zone at 6:35 p.m. All HFD personnel were accounted for with no reports of injuries.
Hiking Safety Tips:
Hike with a Partner
Don’t hike alone. Frequently, people who get into trouble are alone. In case of an emergency, your partner’s help can be invaluable. Don’t separate from your group.
Start Exiting the Trail Well Before Sunset
Know what time the sun sets and allow enough time to exit well before dusk arrives. In case of an emergency, including injury, it allows rescuers to locate you quicker.