On September 16, 2021, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 8:07 a.m. about an injured hiker on the Koko Head Crater Trail in Hawaii Kai. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 8:15 a.m., established command and secured a landing zone at the Koko Head District Park.
The 911 caller reported her friend, a 55-year-old female resident, injured her left ankle. Both women had been hiking for 90 minutes and were about three-quarters of the way up the trail at the time. Two fire fighters ascended the trail upon arriving on scene and made contact with the injured hiker at 8:33 a.m. Then HFD’s Air 1 inserted rescue personnel into the trail area at about 8:43 a.m. They packaged the injured hiker and airlifted her to the landing zone where care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 8:51 a.m. The hiker’s companion was not injured and walked down the trail on her own, escorted by fire fighters. All HFD personnel were off the trail by 9:10 a.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.