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Lost hikers spend night on Moanalua trail

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:46 a.m. HST, Jan 11, 2014

Two men and a woman were forced to spend the night on a ridge behind Tripler Army Medical Center.

Capt. James Todd, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman, said the hikers used a cell phone to call for help at 6:45 p.m. Thursday when they realized they were in trouble and couldn't get down from the Moanalua Ridge Trail behind the Army hospital.

Two fire rescue personnel were dropped by the department's helicopter on a ridge near the stranded hikers after the search resumed at 6:30 a.m. Friday. Temperatures at Tripler Army Medical Center dipped into the mid-60s overnight.

The rescue personnel escorted the hikers to an area where the helicopter airlifted them to the Army hospital's landing zone at 9:45 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

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gsc wrote:
Send them a BILL for the rescue D_ _ _ A _ _ _ ....
on January 10,2014 | 11:07AM
IAmSane wrote:
I don't think you understand the concept of taxes... Oh wait, I almost forgot which website I was on.
on January 10,2014 | 05:03PM
Mallory wrote:
A couple of ways for hikers to avoid these issues. - invest in a GPS device that has a track back option - have a turn around time deadline to allow for daylight to get back out. These situations are completely preventable with the proper preparations
on January 10,2014 | 11:26AM
SteveToo wrote:
No injuries so why didn't they just walk out? Hard to get "lost" on a ridge that narrow.
on January 10,2014 | 04:32PM
HanabataDays wrote:
I'm guessing more likely with night approaching rapidly, they got nervous about hiking a hogback in the dark. That was a good decision on their part. But obviously they couldn't be left to walk out the next morning, with the temp dropping all the way into the mid 60s they would've all been covered in a sheet of ice by then. *snort*
on January 11,2014 | 03:24AM
kiragirl wrote:
Lost? Walk downhill and eventually they wouldn't be lost.
on January 11,2014 | 04:18AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Once again these reckless and irresponsible individuals need to be named. The public should be aware of individuals who waste tax payer money and put the lives of rescue personnel at risk. Never hike on an unfamiliar trail unless you have someone with experience on that trail accompany you. Always be prepared for the worst. Back in the day we never had cell phones and free helicopter rides. Geeze man up already!
on January 11,2014 | 06:54AM
SueH wrote:
I'm sure the Haiku Stairs were part of this scenario: Either the stranded hikers were hiking TO the stairs, or returning FROM them, as the Tripler trail is the most convenient connector trail to the stair summit. By using the Tripler approach, hikers avoid a confrontation with the guard posted at the base of the stairs.
on January 11,2014 | 09:15AM
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