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Firefighters rescue hikers from highest point on Oahu

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / MARCH 2012

    The Kaala Natural Area Reserve is located at approximately 4000 feet up of Mt. Kaala in the Waianae mountain range.

Honolulu Fire Department personnel rescued a pair of hikers from the Mt. Kaala trail today.

The two women had successfully reached the ridge line of the 4,026-foot mountain, the highest point on Oahu, but found themselves unable to safely descend, according to HFD spokesperson Capt. Kevin Mokulehua.

Seven HFD units staffed with 21 total personnel responded to the 3:12 p.m. emergency call. A crew of eight firefighters hiked the trail to reach the hikers and assisted as an HFD helicopter airlifted to a designated landing zone one at a time.

Both hikers were transported to safety by 4:38 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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