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Hiker dies after collapsing on Stairway to Heaven

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:38 a.m. HST, Aug 06, 2012



A 62-year-old man died Sunday morning after experiencing heart problems while hiking the Stairway to Heaven trail, a Honolulu Fire Department spokesman said.  

The call came in around 3:55 a.m., and fire rescue personnel hiked up to the man’s location and performed CPR on him while remaining in contact with emergency medical services via radio, Fire Capt. Gary Lum said. 

Lum said once the sun came up and heavy cloud cover in the area reduced, the hiker was airlifted out and transported to a local hospital around 7 a.m.

The man was pronounced dead at the hospital, Honolulu police said. 







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Living_Large wrote:
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on August 5,2012 | 04:39PM
olos73 wrote:
I thought so, too. And, what was he doing there at 3:55 in the morning?
on August 5,2012 | 04:47PM
808Nate wrote:
Have to start under the cover of darkness to bypass the posted security...
on August 5,2012 | 05:40PM
opalaedo wrote:
I guess the steps did bring him to heaven. Me bad!
on August 5,2012 | 04:55PM
false wrote:
false3. As the locals say: Batchi ga attatta! Retribution from heaven?
on August 5,2012 | 05:34PM
Cubsfan wrote:
At least in writing. lol
on August 6,2012 | 11:31AM
fishguy wrote:
The State should either fix the stairs to make it safe or cut it down to prevent more illigal hikers.
on August 5,2012 | 06:00PM
sloturle wrote:
rest in peace
on August 5,2012 | 06:20PM
alohabrian wrote:
The stairs were repaired by the City and County and are safe as long as people are cautious and in adequate physical condition.The death had to do with strenuous activity, not safety. The stairs remain closed because people illegally access them through the neighborhoods nearby at all hours of the night, causing the community to refuse to support reopening them and requiring guards during daylight hours. As a result, people trespass earlier to beat the guards to their morning shift.
on August 5,2012 | 07:36PM
SteveToo wrote:
If the people in the nearby neighborhoods would stop complaining, and the STATE, and the CITY, and OHA. would put their differences behind there would be legal access to the stairs. This is a GREAT access to the Ko`olau summit and a chance to see part of Hawai`i's military history. There is little danger of dying if you are in good physical condition. OH yea, sorry bout the death.
on August 5,2012 | 07:47PM
cement wrote:
You seem to know nothing about what was going on in the neighborhood by stupid people using the stairs. You should do some homewotk.
on August 5,2012 | 09:12PM
swimmy808 wrote:
@SteveToo; I agree you obviously dont know what goes on in the neighborhoods when hikers pass through, houses have been trespassed to use water which they dont pay for, hikers leave trash all over the place and who has to clean that up? not YOU or other hikers who do the deed, its the community in the area that has to deal with it. If it was your neighborhood you would thinking differently in regards to this issue. Its unfortunate that this incident happened and my prayers go out to the family, but until hikers learn how to respect the local communities and become more responsible for their actions near these beautiful hiking destinations, these places should remained closed.
on August 5,2012 | 09:44PM
SteveToo wrote:
If they supported the opening of the stairs then perhaps access could be opened thru the old navy base or thru WWC and the H-3 access road which would keep hikers away from the homes. I stand by my statement.
on August 6,2012 | 08:13AM
MickFerreira wrote:
62, 3:00 a.m., closed area. There's your sign.
on August 5,2012 | 09:13PM
stanislous wrote:
My friend who lives in the neighborhood at the end of Haiku Road says that they have never had any problems. Hikers park along the street, are very quiet, don't go into peoples yards, and are all gone shortly after sunrise. No problems at all. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a parking lot at the foot of the stairs, A Hawaii Trails volunteer passing out brochures, asking for donations to maintain the stairs, and selling refreshments? Open the Stairs... If your man enough to climb the stairs, you should also be man enough to accept any liability.
on August 6,2012 | 06:05AM
kailua000 wrote:
Yes it is closed and security isnt there at that time but 62 years old, and you're gonna clime 1000 steps or so at 3 am? really? I feel bad for his family but....really?
on August 6,2012 | 06:10AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The State and the City needs to more stringently enforce trespassing laws. I'm getting tired of paying for these lolo to get air lifted off the mountains. It can cost hundreds of dollars an hour to operate a helicopter. The best sign I saw was "Trespassers will be shot - survivors will be shot again"
on August 6,2012 | 06:57AM
SteveToo wrote:
NO, they need to get access to the stairs away from the homes. The old navy base is the best answer.
on August 6,2012 | 10:35AM
likewise wrote:
I'll bet the family sues the city/state. Morever, I bet they get paid.
on August 6,2012 | 07:16AM
WesleySMori wrote:
Well LIKEWISE, I Believe The "LIABILITY ISSUES" Were The CAUSE Of The CLOSING Of The STAIRS And To KEEP It CLOSED!!! "JUST MY HUMBLE OPINION". "MY CONDOLENCES" To The FAMILY Of The GENTLEMAN Who DIED THERE!!!!
on August 6,2012 | 05:04PM
myamadaster wrote:
I drive on the H-3 every day and I often see people on the stairs - they'll keep climbing as long as there's no consequence for being caught. A slap on the wrist is not a deterent but a hefty fine might be.
on August 6,2012 | 07:32AM
Bothrops wrote:
I'd like to thank the helicopter pilot who airlifted him out. That must have been a tricky one.
on August 6,2012 | 07:56AM
false wrote:
false3. You and taxpayers are paying for this unwarranted helicopter trip.
on August 6,2012 | 09:31AM
kainalu wrote:
Given the amount of people that suffer through a slow agonizing death, often in the dead-air of a carehome somewhere, if I could pick a place and way to die - give me a heart attack on the Stairway to Heaven. Our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
on August 6,2012 | 10:28AM
SteveToo wrote:
Agree, when I go I want it to be outdoors and fast. Somewhere high on a hiking trail. Not is a hospital w/a bunch of sick people for months and months.
on August 6,2012 | 10:36AM
Rivergal wrote:
This is not a trail under the state's jurisdiction. It's under the City and County and has been closed for years.
on August 6,2012 | 02:43PM
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