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Hikers lost on way to Stairway to Heaven are airlifted to safety

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:31 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2013

Fire rescue personnel found two men in their 20s who got into trouble Thursday morning in the Koolau Mountains trying to reach Haiku Stairs in Kaneohe.

Capt. Robert Main, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman, said rescue officials received the distress call at 9:15 a.m. from one of the two hikers who said they were lost after beginning their trek from Moanalua Valley earlier that morning.

The hikers got stuck somewhere along the ridgeline near the H-3 tunnel. Due to the cloud cover, The fire helicopter crew couldn’t immediately fly in due to low visibility from cloud cover and had to wait it out, said Capt. Gary Lum.

The helicopter picked up the first hiker at about 10:40 a.m. and the second shortly thereafter and brought to Kaneohe District Park.

Fire personnel located the hikers’ position using GPS from their cellphone. The two men were uninjured.

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allie wrote:
on June 13,2013 | 11:19AM
Pocho wrote:
on June 13,2013 | 12:12PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Why don't they post my comment - those people are stupid. Go back to the mainland and hike in the snow.
on June 13,2013 | 11:33AM
Sunny wrote:
SA didn't say whether they were local or visitors.
on June 13,2013 | 11:56AM
Fred01 wrote:
You should go back to the mainland, loser.
on June 13,2013 | 12:09PM
loquaciousone wrote:
When you look into a mirror I bet you don't have a reflection.
on June 13,2013 | 01:09PM
allie wrote:
They were Hawaiians hon..according to KGMB
on June 13,2013 | 04:03PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"According to KGMB", according to the liar.... No, it was according to allie.
on June 14,2013 | 07:26AM
8082062424 wrote:
i doubt they would have said Hawaiians . now they would have said locals. you so full of lies it sad . take your hate and go back to the mainland already
on June 14,2013 | 08:38AM
Fred01 wrote:
Locals don't hike. Most are too busy shopping with their welfare checks and stuffing their faces.
on June 14,2013 | 10:05AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Fred always comes to the aid of the habitual liar, allie.
on June 14,2013 | 10:21AM
Fred01 wrote:
Go choke on your spam.
on June 14,2013 | 10:45AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Fred got angry when I called allie a habitual liar.
on June 14,2013 | 10:59AM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
There were not hawaiian people they were white guys.
on June 14,2013 | 09:59AM
jwaldrip7 wrote:
not much aloha there, huh....maybe a different view if it was someone you love that had to be rescued...just saying i'm glad they are ok, and I'm sure the people who do love them are too...to the rescuers : Mahalo
on June 13,2013 | 11:26PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Stairway to heaven is closed to the public. Don't these people read. Now the taxpayers will have to pay for those people stupidness. What a shame.
on June 13,2013 | 11:34AM
Mahalo wrote:
The charge some of the people. These people started on the other side which I beleive is still open
on June 13,2013 | 11:43AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Exactly. I am tired of paying for other people's narcissistic self indulgence.
on June 13,2013 | 11:50AM
eoe wrote:
Please let us know if you engage in any of the following activities: living under a roof; driving; surfing; fishing; kayaking; hiking; scuba diving; swimming in the ocean. If so, by your own definition you must be a narcissistic self indulger, as all of these activities have a rescue element supported by the taxpayers - fire department, EMS, lifeguards. Lifeguards cost the state nearly $10 million a year, EMS is nearly $30 million. The fire department is a separate budget. Whether or not they rescue people in the mountains, it is a sunk cost. Grow up - you live in a society.
on June 13,2013 | 12:08PM
loquaciousone wrote:
The stairway to heaven is off limits lolo.
on June 13,2013 | 12:23PM
eoe wrote:
Except they weren't on stairway to heaven. According to the story they started in Moanalua which means they were probably on Pu'u Keahi a Kahoe trail, which is open to the public.
on June 13,2013 | 01:38PM
loquaciousone wrote:
They got lost
on June 13,2013 | 01:53PM
Bdpapa wrote:
So, its okay to endanger first responders. While they are looking for these people, they could be needed, but not available, somewhere else where those needing help didn't go to a closed site.
on June 13,2013 | 01:03PM
eoe wrote:
Again, read the story. They were on an open trail.
on June 13,2013 | 01:38PM
kiragirl wrote:
If the firefighters are searching for lost hikers, it takes away from their main mission, which is fire fighting and assisting EMS personnel.
on June 13,2013 | 02:31PM
bobbob wrote:
I dont think having to fly helicopters out is a sunk cost. Everytime they do it, it costs $40-50k. That's additional cost, not sunk.
on June 14,2013 | 12:09AM
localguy wrote:
Actually not that expensive per hour. Depends on the model and complexity. Some flight and powertrain components have a maximum number of flight hours, then must either be replaced or overhauled. Same for system inspection, can be based either on days or fligth hours. Helicopters are much more expensive to operate than airplanes, but a small one like Rescue uses is not in the $40-50k per hour range. Now if you add up all the other man hours for fire and rescue to support, you might start getting half way there.
on June 14,2013 | 08:16AM
Fred01 wrote:
Yeah right, as if you pay your fair share. Loser.
on June 13,2013 | 12:10PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I bet even your momma don't like you.
on June 13,2013 | 12:22PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Fred, don't be a weenie.
on June 13,2013 | 04:12PM
realist3463 wrote:
I do and then some and I agree with "loquacious one".
on June 14,2013 | 04:32AM
allie wrote:
nicely put..I would date such a literate man..a man of loquacity!
on June 13,2013 | 04:05PM
soundofreason wrote:
How YOU doin'?
on June 14,2013 | 07:28AM
eoe wrote:
They weren't hiking on the stairway to heaven. Read the article.
on June 13,2013 | 11:57AM
Masami wrote:
"Fire rescue personnel are searching for two people who apparently got into trouble this morning in the Koolau mountains trying to reach Haiku Stairs in Kaneohe."
on June 13,2013 | 12:43PM
eoe wrote:
"After beginning their trek from Moanalua Valley " which means they were probably on the Pu'u Keahi a Kahoe trail - an open trail.
on June 13,2013 | 01:40PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
True but the Moanalua side is not closed to the public so even mentioning the Haiku side is not at all relevant, unless they were coming down that way. Regardless, these hikers were reckless and irresponsible and need to reimburse tax payers for the cost of the rescue. Never hike unprepared or on an unfamiliar trail without someone who is experienced on that trail. Simple as that.
on June 13,2013 | 11:57AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
I've been on that hike up to the Ko'olau summit from Moanalua Valley. Lots of stream crossings and when you get to the top you can clearly see the trail along the spine of the Ko'olau summits. We went a little bit on the spine and its a real hairy hike, not for the inexperienced hiker. Hope they find these guys.
on June 13,2013 | 01:47PM
kiragirl wrote:
What gets me is that how can anyone get "lost" as you go downhill and eventually one will reach civilization. No?
on June 13,2013 | 02:34PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Uh, no. You must not leave your living room very often.
on June 13,2013 | 11:56PM
allie wrote:
sounds lovely! Whose taking me up there?
on June 13,2013 | 04:05PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I will!
on June 13,2013 | 05:54PM
allie wrote:
yup..I am tall, graceful and fast..I would never have been lost. But them mandan huntresses never are
on June 13,2013 | 04:04PM
soundofreason wrote:
"Mandan Huntress"........sounds hot.
on June 14,2013 | 07:29AM
menehunemimi wrote:
The stairs are not closed, in fact they have been repaired. It's the entrance from Haiku St that is closed. These people hiked from Moanalua Valley.
on June 14,2013 | 09:12AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Next time these lolo try for heaven I hope they take the down escalator instead of the up.
on June 13,2013 | 11:49AM
Fred01 wrote:
None of you crybabies belong in Hawaii with attitudes like that. If you hate hikers so much, leave.
on June 13,2013 | 12:12PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Why don't you crawl back under your rock before a cockroach steals your home.
on June 13,2013 | 12:24PM
Bdpapa wrote:
You are showing a disregard to first responder safety. Yes, they are paid to do these type of things and they go when the public calls. Thrill seeking and adventurous needs to stay within the a ceratin area. These people were obviously beyond their skill level.
on June 13,2013 | 01:05PM
Fred01 wrote:
Should you ever need an ambulance to respond to your home, we will send you the bill.
on June 13,2013 | 02:38PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I'd pay it, it's worth it. But those hikers will not get a bill!
on June 13,2013 | 03:15PM
peanutgallery wrote:
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on June 13,2013 | 04:11PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Excellent response!
on June 13,2013 | 11:57PM
SteveToo wrote:
Now what does this usless bit of information have do do w/the story???? "In August 2012, Don Tiki show singer and comedian Fritz Hasenpusch died while on a hike on the stairs"
on June 13,2013 | 12:12PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I bet your momma don't like you.
on June 13,2013 | 12:22PM
OldFut808 wrote:
Dismantle the stairs...then we won't hear about "stupid" anymore. Didn't just yesterday the same thing happened except one of the idiots fell and both "visitors" had to be rescued? Look up the mountain during the very dark early mornings either Saturday or Sunday and you will see flashlights dotting the stairs. Tired hearing helicopters buzzing and firetrucks zooming up the street.
on June 13,2013 | 01:51PM
eoe wrote:
Just yesterday I heard there was a traffic accident. I think we should tear up the streets and make everyone walk around with helmets and big padded blimp suits. Sick of hearing ambulances, cop cars and firetrucks running around for these idiots who get in car wrecks.
on June 13,2013 | 02:24PM
Fred01 wrote:
I know. Those stupid people who get in car wrecks or have fires in their houses should have to pay for it.
on June 13,2013 | 02:39PM
soundofreason wrote:
MY kinda management..........

."SOUTH FULTON, Tenn. -- Firefighters stood by and watched a Tennessee house burn to the ground earlier this week because the homeowners didn't pay the annual subscription fee for fire service. "You could look out my mom's trailer and see the trucks sitting at a distance," Vicky Bell, the homeowner, said. For Bell, that sight was almost as disturbing as the fire itself. "We just wished we could've gotten more out," she said. It's the second time in two years firefighters in the area have watched a house burn because of unpaid fees. Last year, Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in a house fire, along with three dogs and a cat, because the fire fee wasn't paid."

on June 14,2013 | 07:33AM
bumbye wrote:
I wonder what the emergency responders do when they receive a call. Look up who paid for subscription before deciding to act? Why did the trucks even go to the scene if they were just going to watch? To rub it in?
on June 14,2013 | 08:39AM
OldFut808 wrote:
Bet you are one of the law breakers that go up and down the stairs which is why you keep defending this practice. You don't live below, you don't have "visitors" park and block driveways, use our waterhoses to wash up, or crawl over fences. These "visitors' were plainly hiking from the Tripler side (you can find this info on the internet or tourist books) with the intent to hike down the stairs. Do you really think they would hike all the way there and turn back? The recent reported incidents only highlight the fact that the stairs are becoming a problem, especially since it's against the law.
on June 13,2013 | 02:40PM
SteveToo wrote:
'the problem is the government officials who can't agree on legal access to the stairs. Hmmm didn't president Regan say "Government is the Problem?"
on June 13,2013 | 03:22PM
eoe wrote:
I've never hiked the stairs. I have hiked up the Pu'u Keahi a Kahoe trail, and yes I turned around and went back the same way I came. But you are right that I could care less if people hike the stairs. I actually don't feel sorry for you at all. You and your NIMBY neighbors blocked every effort to give hikers legitimate access to one of the most desirable trails on the island. What did you think? You block legal access and no one would hike it? Now, you whine because people are "trespassing" to get access and you are trying to get the trail torn up, and forcing the city to pay for security. Cry me a river. The same thing used to happen in Maunawili. Then they created a legal access route, and lo and behold, the problems went away.
on June 13,2013 | 03:27PM
allie wrote:
on June 13,2013 | 04:06PM
SteveToo wrote:
Way to go eoe. Damm govenment peoples cant get together to work it out. There is access not going thru homes.
on June 13,2013 | 05:27PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Thanks for the rational info.
on June 13,2013 | 11:58PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
The problem is not the stairs. I live up there and the problem is the people. They come at 3:30 - 4:00 a.m. and the dogs start to bark then the chicken crow and people like to sleep till they have to get to go to work and even on the weekends. Sometime people bring small children to go hiking and then they leave their mess and who has to clean it up but us people who live around here. They use the bathroom by our homes and they take our parking. So what about that. Anyway - I would like to see them take the stairs and ripe it out. Our fire department has to come up so offen to resue people and mostly dump tourist. If someone gets hurt or even a baby who do you think pays for this - the taxpayers. Then the stupid people sue - but there is a sign that states: NO TRESSPASSING. What don't they understand.
on June 14,2013 | 09:55AM
Fred01 wrote:
The problem with this whole state is people like you!
on June 14,2013 | 10:09AM
eoe wrote:
Again, they are there that early to avoid the security guard that people like you forced the state to provide. If access were granted, all these problems would go away.
on June 14,2013 | 12:00PM
sailfish1 wrote:
What's wrong with Hawaii's trails? Are they marked properly? If so, why do so many people get lost or fall off the trails all the time?
on June 13,2013 | 05:37PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
May be people should just sail.
on June 14,2013 | 10:06AM
marine38 wrote:
Talk about a non sequitur. Why the gratuitous comment about the Don Tiki singer, Star-Advertiser staff?. The story is about hikers losing their way to the stairs from the Moanalua side. By the way, that's a very challenging route to access the stairs from the top end!
on June 13,2013 | 07:27PM
Fred01 wrote:
Don't forget, the City forces people to take that route. Perhaps these hikers should sue?
on June 14,2013 | 10:09AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
And they are searching why?
on June 13,2013 | 08:33PM
peanutgallery wrote:
So they weren't even on the Stairway. Great reporting S/A.
on June 14,2013 | 04:55AM
clum56 wrote:
Just plain LOLO'S!!!!!!!
on June 14,2013 | 05:02AM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
on June 14,2013 | 09:56AM
mcc wrote:
And we paid for it.
on June 14,2013 | 07:55AM
eoe wrote:
Lets say this operation cost $10,000, which I highly doubt it did. In that case, assuming 500,000 taxpayers in Hawaii, you paid a staggering two cents for this rescue. Lets say there are 100 of these types of rescues a year. Now your total is up to two whole dollars. That and another $2 can get you a starbucks coffee. What a whiner.
on June 14,2013 | 09:10AM
Kate53 wrote:
Make them pay the cost of the rescue!
on June 14,2013 | 10:22AM
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