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2 hikers remain stranded in Koolaus due to cloudy conditions

By Star-Advertiser staff

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Fire rescuers are waiting for the heavy cloud cover over the Koolau mountain range above Hauula to lift so operations can resume this morning to help two hikers stranded overnight on a ridgeline trail.

Capt. Terry Seelig, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman, said the two men began their hike near Laie Wednesday morning and when they got into trouble on a ridgeline trail. The hikers called the fire department for help by cell phone at 3 p.m.

Rescue personnel, assisted by the department’s helicopter, were hampered by gusty winds and dense cloud cover and suspended operations at 6 p.m.

Seelig said the two men both have cell phones and communication was re-established this morning. 







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loquaciousone wrote:
It's been windy rainy and cloudy since Sunday so why did these lolo climb that mountain in the first place. Why should the Fire Department have to risk their lives and spend thousands of dollars on their helicopters to bring these dum jakasses off the mountain?
on December 20,2012 | 08:52AM
allie wrote:
agreed..makes no sense
on December 20,2012 | 09:23AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Leave them up there.
on December 20,2012 | 09:36AM
Sunny wrote:
Such stupidity....perhaps they believed the world was coming to an end!
on December 20,2012 | 10:23AM
false wrote:
Maybe the are scouting out a place to jump from this world into the next. Haven't you heard about The Great Hauula Portal? A movie was made about it.
on December 20,2012 | 10:42AM
olos73 wrote:
Maybe next time they should go hiking around Kapiolani Park, so no waste taxpayers money, and don't endanger rescuers.
on December 20,2012 | 10:38AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Being unprepared is reckless and irresponsible and endangers the lives of firefighters. These individuals need to be named and they need to pay for this rescue. We did this trail back in the 80s when Niu valley was flooded. That was a lot worse than this but we were prepared...
on December 20,2012 | 10:39AM
TMJ wrote:
Seems like this type of thing is becoming more common. Does HFD bill these donkeys
on December 20,2012 | 12:20PM
SteveToo wrote:
Nope, HFD is to liberal to charge for rescues. Even ones that don't need to take place.
on December 20,2012 | 02:08PM
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