A Honolulu fire rescue crew airlifted two hikers who were stranded above the Haiku Stairs trail since Friday night.
At 07:38 p.m. May 27, the HFD responded to two adult hikers in distress above the trail. The hikers were uninjured and in a safe location. They were instructed to shelter-in-place and await rescue personnel. Because of diminishing daylight and unsafe weather conditions, rescue operations were suspended and were to resume at first morning’s light.
At 6:15 a.m. Saturday, HFD airlifted the two hikers to Kaneohe District Park and transferred care to EMS for evaluation.
The HFD would like to increase public awareness about hiking safety and recommends that hikers refrain from going on treacherous trails. These trails are extremely dangerous and have had incidents involving fatalities over the recent years.
Please be safe this Memorial Day weekend. Consider the weather, the time of day, one’s capabilities, and an approved hiking trail before hiking. Be prepared, have the proper equipment, clothing, communication, food and water.