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12 hikers rescued near Kauai's swollen Hanakapiai Stream

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:50 p.m. HST, Mar 27, 2013


Kauai firefighters rescued 12 hikers today after high water in a stream left the hikers stranded overnight in Hanakapiai, the Kauai Fire Department said.

Firefighters flew in a helicopter to the area after receiving a report about two missing hikers about 7:30 a.m. At the scene, firefighters found 12 hikers unable to cross Hanakapiai Stream because of the high water level. Firefighters flew the hikers out of the valley and no one was hurt.

On Feb. 22, visitor Norka Villacorta, 43, of New York City died when she was swept away on Hanakapiai Stream during a flash flood. Firefighters that day rescued 54 other hikers who had been stranded in Hanakapiai Valley by drenching rain and fast-moving streams.







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rayhawaii wrote:
How many people have to drown because they are impatient to wait till the water goes down to where it was when they first crossed. Just enjoy it and call someone telling them you are okay and will be home late.
on March 27,2013 | 07:39PM
copperwire9 wrote:
There's absolutely no phone service at Hanakapiai, or anywhere along NaPali. Your advice to sit down and chill is good, though I can tell you that a drenching, hard-rain, wind-blowing deep dark night in Hanakapiai is something mighty, and mighty challenging. "Enjoy it" would not be something that many could do, though some of course surely will.
on March 28,2013 | 01:50AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
These people are reckless and irresponsible. Anyone vaguely familiar with this trail knows that you never hike on it when there are storm conditions. Every one of them should be made to pay for the cost of this rescue. It is inexcusable that the tax payers must constantly fund individuals who do not have personal responsibility and accountability for their actions.
on March 27,2013 | 09:47PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Not necessarily true. If people started out hiking from Kalalau that morning in sunshine and got to the stream near dusk, the conditions in Hanakapiai, nine miles down the trail, could be vastly different.
on March 28,2013 | 01:52AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
This is absolutely true - the weather reports all week long warned of the storm. Those of us who are familiar with Hanakapiai know to stay away during these conditions.
on March 28,2013 | 07:27AM
copperwire9 wrote:
If you're in Kalalau, you are not getting weather reports from anywhere. No cell phone access at all.
on March 28,2013 | 11:32AM
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