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Kukuihaele Information Update for May 10th, 2020

Injured hiker rescued in Waipio Valley near Nanaue Stream Sunday evening (May 10th).

Published By: HIRSC Team - Hawaii Island (Holualoa and Kamuela) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) responded to a report of an injured hiker in Waipio Valley Sunday evening (May 10th).

The initial call came in at 5:38 pm Sunday evening and HFD crews from the Honoka'a, Waimea, and Waiakea (Rescue Company 2) Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, Chopper 1, and Chopper 2 responded to the scene in the area of Nanaue Stream in Waipio Valley.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, a call came in for a report of a hiker (described as a male in his 30's) who had suffered a leg fracture and unable to get out on his own. The reporting party had to travel to the top of Waipio Valley to make the call to 911 where they would guide emergency crews to the hiker's location.

Once emergency crews had met with the reporting party and were escorted to the injured hiker's location. HFD crews were unable to access the hiker's location by ground vehicles had to extricate the hiker from the location utilizing a Billy Pugh Net below Chopper 1 to a safe landing zone along Waipio Valley Access Road.

Once the hiker was extricated to the landing zone, HFD Medics on Chopper 2 immediately began medical treatment the male hiker and later transported him to the North Hawaii Community Hospital in serious condition.

It's unknown at this time if the injured hiker was cited for violation of the State of Hawai'i Safer at Home order.

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