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Firefighters rescue lost hiker from Mount Kaala

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:23 a.m. HST, Sep 20, 2011


Fire rescue personnel found a lost hiker Monday who spent Sunday night atop Mount Kaala, Oahu's highest peak.

Fire Capt. Carlton Yamada said the Schofield Barracks soldier in his mid-20s called the Fire Department at 8:30 p.m. Sunday to report he was lost.

The man had been hiking a trail off Kolekole Pass on the Schofield side and had gotten lost, Yamada said.

Fire rescue personnel and Air 1 tried to get a bearing on his location Sunday, but it was "too dark and dangerous to try to extract him," Yamada said.

The hiker told fire personnel what he could see, and they were able to determine his location. 

The Fire Department resumed its search at 6 a.m. Monday. But when they found him he had  continued hiking through the night and ended up one ridge over from his previous location at the top of Mount Kaala.

The department's helicopter then picked him up.

The man was in good condition and had rations with him, Yamada said.

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