The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:51 this afternoon about a hiker in distress on Waahila Ridge Trail. Four HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 1:58 p.m., established command and secured a landing zone at the Palolo District Park.
According to a hiking bystander who called 911, he noticed a 26-year-old male resident, who had been hiking since 9 a.m., having trouble breathing near the top of the ridge. Two rescue personnel boarded HFD’s Air 3 at the Palolo District Park and the aircraft transported them to the top of the trail. Then Air 3 carefully landed at a clearing on top of the ridge where one rescuer exited and made contact with the distressed hiker and checked his vitals. The hiker indicated that he was dehydrated and was experiencing heat exhaustion, but he was able to walk with assistance to Air 3, which airlifted him and the two rescue personnel to the landing zone at Palolo District Park. Care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 2:35 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.