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.