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121 trapped hikers rescued on Kauai

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:35 p.m. HST, Apr 07, 2014

The Kauai Fire Department rescued more than 100 hikers who were trapped by rising stream waters in Hanakapiai on Kauai's Na Pali Coast. 

Fire rescue crews responded to the area at about 4 p.m. Sunday after rains caused a rapid stream rise and prevented the hikers from crossing.

The fire department's Air 1 and rescue crews were able to get 23 hikers across the stream before darkness set in, according to Kauai County officials. Several children were among those rescued including an 18-month-old boy and a 12-year-old boy who was swept in the swift waters, according to the fire department. The boy was able to climb onto rocks from the water and remained stranded there for over four hours until rescuers arrived.

Two rescue specialists stayed overnight with the remaining 98 hikers until first light Monday morning, when all were flown to safety, according to county spokeswoman Sarah Blane. Four people were transported at a time from about 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

No injuries were reported. 

Due to the dangerous conditions, the state Department of Land and Natural resources has closed the Kalalau Trail at the Kee Beach trailhead until further notice.

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McCully wrote:
When are these hikers especially hiking with children going to learn that when there's dark clouds in the mountains, you don't go hiking, even though it's sunny in town.
on April 7,2014 | 07:07AM
localguy wrote:
The hikers will be fine. Let them enjoy the benefit of a nice spring rain shower. No need for rescue, they will wade back to their cars and go home.
on April 7,2014 | 07:43AM
paniolo wrote:
Since they were stuck from yesterday, I wonder how many of their cars got broken into? Not the first time...
on April 7,2014 | 07:51AM
Maipono wrote:
Kalalau Trail is a serious hike, while you can do a day hike to Hanakapiai, it is a multi-day hike to Kalalalau Valley. The point is that you don't always know what the weather will be like on the way out, so you can't blame the hikers in this situation.
on April 7,2014 | 08:09AM
entrkn wrote:
Not as long as they are paying for it.
on April 7,2014 | 04:17PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Whoops! After a day in the Kaua`i rain, they gonna look like prunes.
on April 7,2014 | 08:48AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Wow mass recklessness and irresponsibility. It is simply irresponsible to hike this trail and not be prepared for flash flooding and the possible need to stay overnight. It is reckless to endanger the lives of rescue personnel due your irresponsible actions. Back in the day we never had the convenience of a free helicopter ride. The trail is just as challenging/dangerous now as it was back then...
on April 7,2014 | 09:03AM
jmarie wrote:
Close the trail before the State gets pulled into a lawsuit again!
on April 7,2014 | 09:36AM
Paco3185 wrote:
No just tell that personal injury attorney moonlighting as a legislator to move the bill out of her committee and exempt the state from liability. Crazy people will be crazy and the taxpayers should not have to pay for it!
on April 7,2014 | 10:19AM
kailuabred wrote:
That's just stupid
on April 7,2014 | 10:28AM
Fred01 wrote:
Close Hawaii to people.
on April 7,2014 | 11:24AM
mauka888 wrote:
Maybe just ban hiking and all outdoor activities?
on April 7,2014 | 05:56PM
Manawai wrote:
I understand the hikers ignored the warning signs. Do we have to post guards to prevent these idiots from endangering themselves? I wonder which is cheaper, a guard or the helicoptered relief teams?
on April 7,2014 | 10:14AM
Ripoff wrote:
not too smart ah?
on April 7,2014 | 10:24AM
Fred01 wrote:
Maybe nobody should be allowed to enter the State of Hawaii. Too many hazards. Let's ban people, ALL OF THEM!
on April 7,2014 | 11:25AM
jmarie wrote:
Fred01 you're a genius, you should run for Governor, at least somebody is talking sense, keep them ALL out!
on April 7,2014 | 04:13PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Leave them there till the water level goes down. Gosh, that the adventure of hiking. Rescue them if a lava flow cut of their path.
on April 7,2014 | 11:49AM
goodvibrations wrote:
Did they have local guides? Especially with such a big group, you would think they should've had several to tell them it was a bad idea to hike in situations like that.
on April 7,2014 | 02:08PM
Fred01 wrote:
Problem is most locals are too lazy to go anywhere they can't drive and park on the lawn.
on April 7,2014 | 03:10PM
inverse wrote:
No one drowned or died and that is most important thing. Many of the hikers might be visitors reading online of the beautiful hiking trials on Kauai but not aware of quickly rising dangerous streams when it rains. Price of doing business and selling Hawaii as a unique and "world class" visitor destination that includes hiking to see "Hawaii's natural beauty". If the State can afford to pay massive overtime for prison guards that get sick on Superbowl Sunday, the State can afford to pay for overtime for rescue workers to stay overnight so people don't drown and die when going on a hike. Hikers can call it adventure and then advertise when they go back home and get others to come to Hawaii and return for a vacation and spend more money . Price of doing business.
on April 7,2014 | 03:08PM
entrkn wrote:
That's a lot of people on that trail, even in Summer. Were they listening to their concierges, or were they getting guidance from guide books, or were they getting it on the internet, or were they getting it from tv and activities publications?
on April 7,2014 | 04:16PM
dlg808 wrote:
Don't worry....Be happy... taxpayers are footing the bill again...
on April 7,2014 | 04:38PM
mauka888 wrote:
An 18-month old baby does not belong on that trail... what were the parents thinking?!!
on April 7,2014 | 05:40PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Wow hard to believe we tolerate Rich Greenberg's child endangerment testimony on video. What a complete act of irresponsibility by bringing a 3 year old on this trail. He should be forced to attend a parenting class along with a hiking class. Shame on him for recklessly putting at risk his children and the lives of rescue personnel...
on April 7,2014 | 06:16PM
scooters wrote:
Taking an 18 month old baby on a mountain hike? Amazingly crazy!
on April 8,2014 | 01:57AM
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