The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 7:16 p.m. this evening for lost hikers near the Aiea Loop Trail in Aiea. Four units staffed with 12 personnel responded. At 7:30 p.m., the first arriving unit established command and secured a landing zone at the Sugar Mill Park in Halawa. A hiking party of two, consisting of an 18-year-old female and a 21-year-old male, were reportedly hiking for three hours when they called 911 for help.
HFD’s Air 3 arrived at the secured landing zone and HFD rescue personnel boarded Air 3. The lost hiker’s cell phone Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates placed them mid-face of the next ridge, northwest of the Aiea Loop Trail. HFD crews tried to have the hiking party move from under the tree canopy, but due to the terrain and tree cover, that was not possible. Air 3 was able to locate the lost hiking party and the rescue specialists were lowered to a location near the lost hiking party’s location. The rescuers then rappelled down the ridge face to the lost hikers location, making contact with the lost hikers at 8:30 p.m.
The rescue personnel confirmed the two lost hikers were not injured nor requested any medical attention. Due to the steep terrain, the two lost hikers were then relocated, assisted by HFD rescuers to the trail where Air 3 could extract the lost hikers. The last hiker of the hiking party arrived at the landing zone at 9:35 p.m. HFD concluded operations shortly thereafter with no reported injuries.
Hiker Safety Tips
• Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed safely.
• Always let others know where you plan to hike and what time you expect to return.
• If you call 911 to be rescued in the mountains, please stay in the same area so the
rescuers can find you based on your last known geo-location coordinates.