The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 4:17 p.m. for a hiker in
distress at the Maili Pillbox Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded.
The first unit arrived at the scene at 4:31 p.m. and began ascending the trail while
simultaneously establishing a landing zone at the Puu O Hulu Community Park.
After hiking for about one hour with one companion, a 28-year-old female became
distressed. HFD’s Air 1 inserted rescue personnel at the patient, made patient contact and
performed a patient assessment at 5:00 p.m. Additional fire fighters arrived at the patient
and assisted with patient care. The patient was airlifted to the landing zone by rescue
specialists and Air 1 at 5:09 p.m. At the landing zone, the patient was reassessed and
determined to be cognizant then declined further treatment.
The companion was escorted off the trail by HFD personnel at 5:40 p.m.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and follow these safety tips:
Bring a Cellular Phone
In case of an emergency your cell phone can be a lifesaver. Ensure that your battery is
full prior to your hike. We recommend packing an external back-up battery.
Pack Food and Water
It is important to stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.
Get Information about the Trail
Research the trail you intend to hike so you will know where to start and the degree of
difficulty. When you get to the trail’s entrance, follow signs and directions. Do not go off
the trail. Do not rely on social media for information about any trail.