On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:50 p.m. to rescue a hiker from the Makaha Valley Trail in Makaha. Four units staffed with 11 personnel responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 3:02 p.m. and immediately established a landing zone off of Maiola Street in Makaha. Due to
construction in the area, the fire fighters relocated the landing zone at the Makaha Valley Country Club.
It was reported that a 47-year-old female, visiting from Canada, had started her hike around 10:00 a.m. with a 39-year-old male companion. While hiking she slipped off of the trail and fell approximately 50-feet downslope. The HFD utilized the geolocation from the companion’s cell phone to locate the fallen hiker.
HFD’s Air 1, with three rescue personnel on board, conducted an aerial search for the hiker. The hiker was located at 3:41 p.m., assessed for injuries and packaged then she was airlifted safely to the landing zone at 3:51 p.m. Care was transferred over to Emergency Medical Services for further treatment. Air 1 then returned to the ridge trail to pick up the other hiker, who was not injured. All personnel were safely accounted for at the landing zone at 4:02 p.m.