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Woman trying for scenic photo falls, dies on Kaau Crater Trail

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 06:49 p.m. HST, Oct 05, 2013



A woman in her early 20s died this morning after falling from a ledge at Kaau Crater Trail above Palolo Valley, according to city Emergency Medical Services personnel.

The woman fell about 30 to 35 feet into a waterfall pool, according to EMS.

Capt. Carlton Yamada, a spokesman for the Honolulu Fire Department, said the woman was with two other hikers above the first waterfall on the trail.

"Apparently she was trying to get a picture looking down and basically lost her footing and ended up injuring herself and landing in the pool," Yamada said by phone. "When her friends went down to her side, they found her unconcious and started bystander CPR with the assistance of two other hikers on the trail."

The department sent two crews to the scene, one by helicopter and one on foot. The helicopter got there first, immobilized the woman's spine, loaded her onto a stretcher and airlifted her to Palolo District Park, arriving about noon, Yamada said.

He said she sustained mostly head injuries.

The second fire crew continued to the waterfall and escorted the woman's companions, a man and woman in their 20s, off the trail, which was muddy and slippery, he said.

EMS said it received a call after 10 a.m.







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cojef wrote:
Sad, pray for the family. Hope they will get along.
on October 5,2013 | 02:02PM
allie wrote:
agree
on October 5,2013 | 03:52PM
2_centz wrote:
If you've ever been around caucasians especially on Maui or Big Island, there shouldn't be sadness as you think it. Many tourists take their vacation to the edge. Some go pass that edge of life and never return. But they pass into the spirit world. They taught me that they were doing just what they wanted to and if they die such as this event it was for them doing something their conscious told them to do. That is how they live their life.
on October 5,2013 | 09:37PM
bumbye wrote:
I am baffled by your post.
on October 5,2013 | 09:56PM
copperwire9 wrote:
oh please!
on October 5,2013 | 11:34PM
bumbye wrote:
Sad story. There seems to be a large increase in hiking accidents, injuries and deaths this year. I wonder why.
on October 5,2013 | 02:35PM
Anonymous wrote:
Yes, because the large increase in popularity in fitness and outdoor activities. I hope the state doesn't turn this into an excuse to start closing or restricting trails. The overwhelming majority of trails are extremely safe IF you are careful and heed warning/caution signs. My condolences to the family.
on October 5,2013 | 03:58PM
bumbye wrote:
Thanks. That completely makes sense.
on October 5,2013 | 09:56PM
localguy wrote:
a look at the following website shows the trail has some areas not for beginners. One slip and down you go. http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2010/08/kaau-crater-hike/
on October 5,2013 | 03:29PM
copperwire9 wrote:
This is definitely not a beginner's trail. It's wonderful, yet it's extremely dicey in several few places. SEASONED hikers only, and NO ONE when it's been this rainy. Poor woman. Tender thoughts to all who love her.
on October 5,2013 | 05:57PM
allie wrote:
RIP so sorry..many of these trails are very dangerous.
on October 5,2013 | 03:51PM
pj737 wrote:
Yes, because the large increase in popularity in fitness and outdoor activities. I hope the state doesn't turn this into an excuse to start closing or restricting trails. The overwhelming majority of trails are extremely safe IF you are careful and heed warning/caution signs. My condolences to the family.
on October 5,2013 | 04:00PM
SteveToo wrote:
The ocean takes more lives each year. No talk about closing the ocean. Sorry for the loss of life, but it's a risk you take in this sport. Been there and beyond.
on October 6,2013 | 12:03AM
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