On January 22, 2023, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 3:37 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Aiea loop trail and responded with 4 HFD units staffed with 12 personnel. The first unit arrived on scene at 3:45 p.m. then conducted a fly over of the trail in HFD’s Air 1.

It was reported that a 20-year-old female with her two companions had been hiking the trail for approximately 2 hours and injured her left ankle. Rescue personnel with Air 1 secured the victim in a rescue stretcher and extracted her and her companions to a nearby landing zone. A landing zone was established at the old Aiea sugar mill for Air 1 and the injured hiker’s care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 4:35 p.m.

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 and gauge the amount of time it will take to return to the trailhead
· 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