Hiking Trails

Firefighters rescue 29-year-old hiker on the edge of the Pu’u Piei trail in Kaaawa

Honolulu firefighters today rescued a 29-year-old lost hiker in distress who was hiking alone on the Pu’u Piei Trail in Kaaawa.

The Honolulu Fire Department said it received a 911 call at 11:40 a.m. today for a lost hiker who exited the trail. Four units of 12 people responded, the first arriving on the scene 11 minutes later.

The hiker, who was not injured, said he was stuck on a ledge with a 20-foot fall into a ravine. Due to the bad connection, his calls kept dropping. He was ordered to remain in place.

Four firefighters walked up the trail and after about a mile and a half found the hiker at 12:19 p.m. listening to his voice to locate his location.

HFD’s Air 2 helicopter airlifted the hiker to a landing zone in nearby Kahana State Park.

The Honolulu Police Department was waiting at the landing zone because the hiker’s sister had called to report her missing. After the police asked him a few questions, the hiker got into his car and drove away.

All HFD personnel were located and no injuries were reported.

The HFD urges the public to hike with a partner as it is safer than walking alone, as well as telling someone where you plan to hike and what time you start. You should also bring a fully charged cell phone and a backup battery on the hiker as this can save their life in an emergency.

Before setting out on a trail, learn all you can about it, including the degree of difficulty. Also, follow signs and directions, stay on the trail, and rely on social media for trail information, HFD said.

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