On January 21, 2023, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 11:28 a.m. for an injured hiker on the Kolowalu trail in Manoa and responded with 5 HFD units staffed with 16 personnel. The first unit arrived on scene at 11:34 a.m., established command, and ascended the trail on foot.

It was reported that a 24-year-old female and a companion had been hiking the trail for over an hour this morning when she became injured. HFD personnel were able to hike to her location and determined that a ground extraction would be appropriate. A landing zone was established at the nearby Manoa Valley District Park for Air 1 then rescue personnel were transported and inserted into the hiker’s location for ground assistance. She was secured and safely transported back to the trailhead at 1:33 p.m. where her care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services.

The HFD reminds the public to hike safely and provides the following hiking safety tips:

Plan Your Hike

  • Inform others of your plan
  • Hike with a partner
  • Gather information about the trail
  • Assess your capabilities

During The Hike

  • Stay on the trail
  • Stay together
  • Avoid undue risks
  • Watch the time

In An Emergency

  • Call 911
  • Be visible
  • Be noisy
  • Stay calm
  • Stay in place