Honolulu Fire Department rescued a hiker, who lost visibility due to cloud cover on the Kaau Crater Trail this afternoon in Palolo.
HFD hiked to the 23-year-old female’s location and escorted her to a nearby extraction point below the cloud cover where HFD’s Air 1 helicopter airlifted her to a nearby landing zone. The woman declined medical attention.
HFD sent five units, staffed with approximately 16 personnel, after a call to assist the woman came in about 12:47 p.m.
HFD provided the following hiking safety tips:
>> Before setting out on your hike, notify someone of your hike location and destination.
>>Bring a fully charged cell phone with an external back-up battery.
>>Research the trail before hiking to learn the route and degree of difficulty.
>>Read and follow signage along the trail.
>> If you encounter a problem, stay put to make it easier to find you and to reduce the chance of getting into further trouble.