A lost hiker rescued was rescued on the Honua'ula Trail in Kaloko Mauka, North Kona Monday evening (April 26th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a lost hiker on the Honua'ula Trail in Kaloko Mauka, North Kona Monday evening (April 26th).
The initial call came in at 7:39 pm Monday evening and HFD Crews from the Makalei and Kailua (Rescue Company 7) Fire Stations along with Chopper 2 and HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located at the end of Makahi Street (Honua'ula Trailhead) in Kaloko Mauka.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came into HFD Dispatch from a hiker (described as a female in her 50s) who was hiking on the Honua'ula Trail in Kaloko Mauka for approximately 2 hours and got disoriented and unable to find her way back to her vehicle located at the end of the Makahi Street. The female hiker remained in place and awaited the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Ground Personnel hiked in on the Honua'ula Trail while Chopper 2 conducted an aerial survey of the surrounding area. Based on the GPS information from the hiker's phone, Chopper 2 was able to locate the female hiker and guide HFD Rescue Personnel to her location, from where they were able to safely escort her back out to the trailhead at Makahi Street.
The hiker did not require any medical assistance or transport following returning to the trailhead.