On Saturday, September 25, 2021, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 3:54 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Mokuleia Climbing Wall Trail. A total of six units, staffed with approximately 17 personnel responded, with the first unit arriving at the scene at 4:09 p.m.
It was reported to the HFD that a 45-year-old male had sustained a head injury due to a slip and fall while he was hiking. He was with a group of approximately 10 to 12 hikers who had been on the trail for 4 hours. The HFD utilized the Global Positioning System coordinates from the cell phone of the 911 caller to determine their location on the trail. Fire fighters proceeded up the trail on foot, made contact with the injured hiker at 4:40 p.m. and assessed and treated his injury. Rescue specialists were inserted at their location via Air 2 shortly thereafter and packaged him for transportation to a nearby landing zone at Dillingham Airfield.
The injured hiker was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 5:06 p.m. and all HFD personnel were safely accounted for back at the trailhead.
Hiker Safety Tips
- Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed safely.
- 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.