HFD rescues 4 lost hikers on Kaau Crater Loop Trail

Water and Land Rescues

FILE – Ka’au Crater, Palolo, Hawaii, Nov. 5, 2017.

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Four people were rescued from Kaau Crater Loop Trail Thursday night after finding themselves lost.

Firefighters responded to a 9-1-1 call for the lost hikers at around 8:13 p.m. Four HFD units, staffed with approximately 13 personnel, responded.

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After thorough assessment, rescuers determined that helicopter operations would not be possible
due to poor weather conditions. At that time, HFD personnel started up the trail on foot to find
the hikers.

Rescue specialists were able to use information from one of the hiker’s cell phones to help approximate their
geo-location and the four hikers were found at approximately 9:43 p.m.

The hikers were two males and two females in their twenties visiting from Pennsylvania. They were hiking
for approximately six hours when weather conditions changed and the group became disoriented. They were unable to continue and they called for help.

HFD personnel escorted the hikers back to the trailhead. All four hikers arrived safely at the trailhead at approximately 11:53 p.m.

There were no injuries reported.

Hiking Tips:

  • Most accidents happen when hikers leave the established trail and disregard warning signs. Staying on the trail greatly reduces your chances of getting injured or lost.
  • Be sure to have at least one cell phone with a full battery in case you need to call for assistance.
  • Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed safely.

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