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Injured visitor airlifted from Maui hiking trail

A 30-year-old visitor from New York injured her ankle while hiking the Bamboo Forest Trail on Maui Monday and had to be airlifted by the Maui County Fire Department’s helicopter and taken to the hospital.

The woman was part of a larger group of hikers that were on their way down the trail when she lost her footing, injuring her ankle around 2:30 p.m.

At 3:11 p.m., Paia firefighters arrived at the trailhead and met with friends of the injured female. Firefighters hiked 20 minutes to the woman, who was above the second pond. She was airlifted by the fire department’s helicopter to a pasture landing zone near the Hana Highway, where she was transferred to paramedics at 3:45 p.m. and taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

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  • Everyone should buy a walking stick/pole. I use a collapsible aluminum painter’s pole with a rubber tip added on. Very handy when descending on the Koko Head rail trail. Someone has already been skewered by a reinforcement steel bar sticking out from the ground.

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