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Injured hiker airlifted off Kaneohe trail

A 36-year-old hiker was airlifted after she was injured late this afternoon on the Stairway to Hell trail in Kaneohe.

The woman injured her right ankle, the Honolulu Fire Department said in a news release.

Four HFD units were dispatched shortly after the 4:39 p.m. 911 call, with the first unit arriving at Kaneohe District Park where the unit secured a landing zone.

HFD’s rescue unit contacted the caller, who had been hiking with the woman.

Rescue personnel flew aboard Air 3 to the hiker’s location and landed nearby.

She was loaded onto the helicopter and transported to the landing zone.

The woman was transferred to Emergency Medical Services’ care at 5:28 p.m.

According to one online post , the Stairway to Hell is “an old sketchy set of abandoned stairs,” with the 12-mile hike described as “advanced” and taking eight hours or more to complete. There is a reported elevation gain of 1,800 feet and to get to the stairs, and hikers must first cross the Koolau Summit Trail to access them.

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