A hike turned tragic for a group of friends Saturday morning.
A young woman fell more than thirty feet to her death.
It happened on the Ka'au crater trail in the back of Palolo Valley.
Firefighters got the call just before 11 Saturday morning- that a woman in her early 20's fell off the ledge of a waterfall into the pool below.
Ka'au Crater trail is a treacherous hike, even during good weather conditions.
The young woman ran into trouble about an hour into the hike when she and her friends reached the first waterfall.
"We got information from the rest of the party that she was trying to get a picture, leaned over, slid and landed into the pond itself," reported Captain Carlton Yamada, with the Honolulu Fire Department.
"She fell from the first waterfall and hit the back of her head on the way down," described Ross Cavias, a witness.
Her friends called 9-1-1 and Cavias, who was on his way back down the trail, jumped into action as well.
"We ran down and I did CPR but she was unresponsive," said Cavias.
Within minutes, a team of firefighters began hiking to the scene and the search and rescue crew was air lifted to the victim's side to help continue resuscitation efforts.
"The first two guys got lifted down and they stayed there until the helicopter came down with the stretcher," described Cavias.
"They quickly packaged her for transport, and shortly after that she was air lifted to EMS where EMS was waiting behind the Palolo fire station," said Yamada.
Despite relentless rescue efforts, she was pronounced dead shortly after.
A heartbreaking and tragic turn of events- as her group of friends had to make the journey back down the trail without her.
Ka'au Crater trail isn't actually designed for hikers.
It was created so that the Board of Water Supply crews can get to their waterline.
It is considered private property and a permit is required to even use the trail.
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