Exhausted hiker rescued from Ka'awali'i Stream in O'okala, Hamakua Sunday afternoon (May 10th).
Published by: HIRSC Team - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of an exhausted hiker along the Ka'awali'i Stream in O'okala, Hamakua Sunday afternoon (May 10th).
The initial call came in at 4:19 pm Sunday afternoon and HFD crews from the Laupahoehoe, Honoka'a, and Waiakea Fire Stations (Rescue Company 2) along with Battalion 1, Chopper 1, and HPD officers from the Hamakua/North Hilo Patrol responded to the scene located approximately 1/4 mile above Highway 19 (Mamalahoa Highway) in Ka'awali'i Gulch.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that a hiker (described as female in her 20's) was not feeling well (exhausted) and unable to continue back out to their vehicle located at a parking area along Highway 19 in the Ka'awali'i Gulch. The hiker was not uninjured and need assistance getting back her vehicle. Another person with the female hiker hiked back to the parking area and awaited the arrival of emergency crews.
Due to the location of the exhausted hiker, an HFD Fire Rescue Specialist was lowered in Chopper 1's Billy Pugh Net to reach her location and later extricated her to the landing zone along Highway 19. Once extricated, HFD Medics conducted a quick medical assessment at the scene and then transported the female hiker to the Hilo Medical Center in Good Condition for further medical treatment.
HPD officers temporarily closed Highway 19 in both directions while Chopper 1 brought the hiker to the Landing Zone and to an awaiting medic.
It's unknown at this time if the hikers were cited for violating the State of Hawai'i Safer at Home order.