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Hikers airlifted from Pearl City trail

The Honolulu Fire Department rescued a group of hikers Sunday afternoon on Waimano Ridge Trail.

After conducting an air search, the fire department airlifted all three hikers to safety. No injuries were reported.

The three youths were on the trail for approximately five hours on Sunday when they became lost and disoriented near the summit of the trail.

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  • These hiker rescues are getting out of control. Why not the chopper just give the hikers directions back down the mountain and let them hike back down on their own!!!!

  • Enough of this. HFD got better things to do than assist lost hikers. Maybe if they were charged for services rendered, they would think twice before calling for assistance.

  • I have done a lots of hiking in Hawaii and around the world on vacation. I must say one way to have fewer hikers who encounter problems is to have the State to put up signage throughout the trail or markers such as ribbons every certain distance. This is already true to a certain extent on some trails. Of course the signage should be made of metal to withstand harsh weather conditions. I know lots of the trails are not State sanctioned. In this case, this can be undertaken by the Sierra Club or the Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club. Yes, sign maintenance is a real problem, in terms of weather and vandals. For this reason this will be an endless task, like graffiti removal. Still it is worth the effort. Maybe the State can establish a special fund for which organizations can apply through a grant proposal process.

    • Without a doubt, hikers who get lost and disoriented and need to call for rescue are NOT on a main trail. That’s WHY they are lost and disoriented! Most likely they have “ventured off” on their own, thinking the “pastures are greener, or maybe the way down looks shorter via the other ridge, so we’ll just bushwhack over there….” As helpful as your suggestion seems Lanaiboy, all the King’s horses and all the King’s men could mark trails with ribbons like Christmas, but because there are those who will still insist on venturing off into the wild, there will always be those who get “lost and disoriented”. Markers and signage only help if you follow them.

  • I agree with kiragirl — I have no problem with emergency services being used to go rescue these idiots as long as they are footing the bill (not us taxpayers).

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