Honolulu firefighters haul four hikers from Central, West Oahu Trails

The Honolulu Fire Department was busy rescuing four hikers at two locations today — one on the Kaala Trail in Waianae and three on the Moanalua Middle Ridge Trail.

The Honolulu Fire Department received an 911 call at 11:50 a.m. for an injured woman in her 30s on the Kaala Trail. HFD said the woman was injured while hiking and was unable to descend the trail on her own.

Six units numbering 17 responded, with the first arriving around midday.

After a medical evaluation, HFD’s Air 1 helicopter flew the hiker to a landing zone at Kaupuni Neighborhood Park in Waianae, where care was handed over to emergency services at 1:10 p.m

Then, at 2:42 p.m., HFD responded to another call for three women who had hiked the Moanalua Middle Ridge Trail for over four hours and were unable to descend on their own.

Four units with 12 employees responded, with the first arriving at the scene around 3pm

After the hikers were located, HFD’s Air 1 helicopter took the three to a landing zone in Moanalua Valley Neighborhood Park. Medical care was refused.

HFD said all employees were accounted for with no injuries.

HFD reminds hikers to know their physical abilities and limitations and to choose trails that are safe to walk. In an emergency, a fully charged cell phone plus an external backup battery can be a lifesaver when hiking. Additionally, staying on the trail greatly reduces the likelihood of getting injured or getting lost.

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