On Sunday, September 5, 2021, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 10:52 a.m. for a hiker in distress at Kaena Point. Five resource units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded with the first HFD unit arriving at the scene at 11:04 a.m.

It was reported that the hiker, a visiting 70-year-old male, was unable to continue his hike due to extreme heat and over exhaustion. He was hiking with his wife who had made the 911 call. HFD personnel and lifeguards from the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Division proceeded to the hikers’ location via an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), locating them at 11:29 a.m. The HFD’s Air 1 transported rescuers to their location where the hiker was assessed, treated and transported to a nearby landing zone.

The hiker’s care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 11:40 a.m. and his wife was safely escorted via ATV back to the trailhead.

Hiker Safety Tips 

  • Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed safely.
  • Stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.
  • Prior to hiking, learn about the trail you intend to explore so you know the route, where to start, and the degree of difficulty.  When you get to the trail’s entrance, read and follow the signs that are posted.  Be aware of restricted or closed trails.