HFD airlifts hikers from Diamond Head Crater Trail, Maunawili Falls Trail

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Fire Department responded to multiple hiker in distress calls on Friday, June 18.

The first call came at approximately 7:36 a.m. for a 40-year-old man on Diamond Head Crater Trail who was reported to have difficulty breathing. The first firefighters to arrive on scene walked the trail to the hiker’s location, which was at the bottom of the stair segment of the trail.

The man, a visitor from California, was hiking with a group of five at the time. Because he was unable to continue, HFD rescue specialists airlifted the hiker to a landing zone in the crater, where Emergency Medical Services (EMS) examined the man before transporting him to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

While firefighters were involved with the rescue operation, another hiker near the top of the trail waved frantically to alert rescuers of another hiker in distress, a man believed to be in his early 60s, who HFD said was experiencing general weakness.

The second man and his uninjured wife were airlifted to the same landing zone. Patient care was also transferred to EMS.

At approximately 11:20 a.m., HFD received a call for an injured hiker on the Maunawili Falls Trail.

The first crew arrived at the Maleko Street trailhead at 11:34 a.m. and hiked approximately 1/8 of a mile in before reaching the injured hiker. An off-duty doctor who was hiking with a separate group had witnessed the incident and provided immediate assistance. The doctor reported that the patient was hiking on the trail,
slipped, then fell forward approximately four feet. While she braced herself during the fall, she injured her left wrist that presented with “obvious deformities,” according to HFD officials.

The 44-year-old visitor was airlifted off the trail and transferred to Emergency Medical Services. She was transported to the hospital in stable condition. Her husband left the trail on his own and did not require any medical attention.

The HFD is urging the public to hike safely and provides the following safety tips:

  • Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed safely.
  • Prior to hiking, learn about the trail you intend to explore so you know the route, where to start and the degree of difficulty. When you get to the trail’s entrance, read and follow the signs that are posted. Be aware of restricted or closed trails.

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