Hiking Trails

Honolulu firefighters perform 2 mountain rescues after sunset



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HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Honolulu Fire Department conducted mountain rescues Tuesday May 18 and Wednesday May 19 for hikers lost after sunset. HFD officials say the incidents occurred at Crouching Lion Trail and Maunawili Falls Trail.

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According to firefighters, a call to 911 reported a group of hikers lost on the Crouching Lion Trail at around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday. The crews used the geolocation provided by the hikers’ cell phone which was used to call 911. They contacted the lost hikers – a group of four women aged 18 to 20 – at 7:57 pm. The women walked for over an hour and got lost on the trail after sunset. HFD assisted the hikers off the trail on foot, where they emerged unharmed at 8:18 p.m.

The second rescue, launched after a 911 call on Wednesday at 7:27 p.m., involved hikers lost on the Maunawili Falls trail. Crews again used geolocation provided by the hikers’ cell phone which was used to make the 911 call. Fire officials said contact was made with the lost hikers – two men in their twenties and one. 22-year-old female – at 8:04 p.m. HFD said the hikers got lost after sunset, after a 2-hour hike. Crews helped them exit the trail on foot, where they emerged unharmed at 8:37 p.m.