HONOLULU (KHON2) — Two hikers were injured in a rockfall at the base of the waterfall at Lulumahu Falls in Nuuanu on Thursday, April 29, according to Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
The incident occurred around 1:40 p.m., EMS says the pair was sitting down when rocks tumbled down the mountainside and hit them.
The first hiker, a 25-year-old man, was transported to a hospital in critical condition after sustaining multiple traumatic injuries, according to EMS.
EMS says the second hiker, a 27-year-old man, was transported to a hospital in serious condition after sustaining a foot injury.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Honolulu Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene.
The trail is surrounded by dense bamboo and the terrain is muddy and rocky.
Ken Eliot is a Hawaii resident who hiked the trail for the first time. He says he got lost for parts of it.
“You definitely have to get your feet wet, you get a lot of rocks tumbling,” Eliot said. “It is not an easy trail, it’s very easy to get lost, you really have to know where you’re going.”
The DLNR says the trail is in a sensitive watershed area and is not maintained, people need a permit to access the route.
Eliot said, “You pay $2.50 to get a permit, you suppose to have a permit with you when you do the trail.”
Del Brown leads an informal hiking group made up of mostly friends, he has hiked the Lulumahu Falls trails plenty of times.
He said, it is not the most difficult hike on the island but people need to stay alert, especially when taking pictures near the waterfall.
“Definitely waterfall hikes, you have that danger when you are at the base, rock could get swept over the waterfall,” Brown said. “You’re susceptible to getting hit with that rock and getting injured.”
A 33-year-old man died after falling 100 feet off the same trail in April 2020.
Brown said, people should not go on any trail alone.
Brown said, “Let other people know who aren’t on a hike that you’re going to be on a hike, tell them generally a timeline of when expect you home, or when you’ll be done.”