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8 hikers trapped by swollen streams rescued on Hawaii island

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:46 a.m. HST, Mar 24, 2014

A rescue crew airlifted eight overdue hikers to safety Sunday morning after they were forced to spent the night in Hawaii island's Waipio Valley, county fire officials said. 

The hikers called for help on Saturday when they couldn't get out of the valley because of rapidly rising rivers and streams, officials said. 

After an overnight stay along the Hiilawe Falls Trail, the hikers were located and extricated by fire rescue personnel Sunday morning. The first unit arrived on scene around 6:30 a.m., and the rescue operation concluded around 2 p.m., according to officials.

None of the hikers was injured, officials said. 

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on March 24,2014 | 05:56AM
Slow wrote:
If you can't say something nice, go on the internet. The island of Hawaii is large. One could hike deep into sunny Waipio Valley and be unaware of heavy rains further inland that could cause streams to rise. Better stay in your apartment and watch nature videos. Way safer than having to deal with unpredictable natural reality.
on March 24,2014 | 07:22AM
Ulalei wrote:
I live in Waimea. It was dumping from Thursday. They shouldn't have gone hiking.
on March 24,2014 | 09:54AM
manakuke wrote:
Sudden flooding precipitated by unpredictable rains are a real hazard! Only 2 feet of running water can knock a hiker off his feet.
on March 24,2014 | 06:24AM
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