A Honolulu Fire Department helicopter rescued two stranded hikers above the Haiku Stairs trail this morning.
The hikers, a man and woman in their 20s, called for help at 7:38 p.m. Friday, a Fire Department spokesman said in an email.
Responding firefighters determined they were not injured and in a safe location. But because of darkness and unsafe weather conditions, rescue operations were suspended and the hikers were told to stay in place until morning.
The Fire Department resumed the rescue at 5:17 a.m. and a helicopter took the hikers to Kaneohe District Park, where paramedics evaluated their condition.
The incident is a reminder that hikers should refrain from going on treacherous trails, the Fire Department said.
“Please be safe this Memorial Day weekend. Consider the weather, the time of day, one’s capabilities, and an approved hiking trail before hiking. Be prepared, have the proper equipment, clothing, communication, food and water,” the Fire Department email said.