Two female hikers were able to walk out on their own early this morning after calling for help when they became lost and disoriented on the Puu Manamana Trail in Kaaawa.
Fire officials said the women, ages 24 and 30, were able to make it out to the trailhead without injury at 12:30 a.m.
The fire department got their distress call at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when the women said that they became disoriented after hiking for five hours.
They were instructed to shelter in place and await rescue personnel. An aerial search for the two hikers was unsuccessful due to low cloud cover and poor visibility. Because of diminishing daylight and unsafe weather conditions, rescue operations were suspended and were to be resumed at first light.
However, the two women decided to keep hiking. They kept fire rescue personnel informed of their progress by text message.