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Hiker falls 300 feet from trail

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:35 a.m. HST, Jun 23, 2013

A 23-year-old woman sustained traumatic injuries to her leg and lower back Saturday after she fell 300 feet from the Puu Manamana hiking trail in Kaaawa, a fire department spokesman said.

Fire rescue personnel worked in the early afternoon to stabilize her so she could be airlifted from the Koolau Range to safety, Fire Capt. Chris Ah Mook Sang said.

The hiker was part of a six-person group that called for help about 11:34 a.m.

Ah Mook Sang said the woman was eventually airlifted around 1:20 p.m. and transported to the trauma center in serious condition.

The trail she was on separates Kahana Valley and Kaaawa Town.

In September a 30-year-old hiker survived after falling 300 feet from the Koolau Summit Trail.

Officials said at the time that Agnes Bryant lost her footing on an unsanctioned trail and fell in an area known as “The Notches” on the way to Konahuanui, the tallest peak in the Koolaus.

Bryant was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in extremely critical condition after being rescued and survived surgery for a broken left arm and wrist, as well as some neck and spine fractures that did not cause paralysis.

In March 2012, a man was killed after he fell about 150 feet off a steep section of the Koolau Range in Wai­ma­nalo known as “Bear Claw.”

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