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Makalawena Information Update for January 12th, 2021

Hiker seriously injured on Makalawena Beach (Pu'u Ali'i Bay) near Opaeula Pond in North Kona late Tuesday morning (January 12th).

Published by: HIRSC - Utah (Salt Lake City) and Hawaii Island (Kailua-Kona) Team


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) responded to a report of an injured hiker (medical emergency) at Makalawena Beach (Pu'u Ali'i Bay) in North Kona late Tuesday morning (January 12th).

The initial call came in at 11:22 am Tuesday morning and HFD Crews from the Kailua Fire Station along with Chopper 2 responded to the scene located on the north end of Makalawena Beach near Opaeula Pond.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, a report came from two hikers, one of which (described as a female in her 50s) had suffered a hip and leg injury after getting knocked over by a wave while walking along the north end of Makalawena Beach. The female hiker was unable to walk back on her own and a male hiker with her at the time of the incident assisted in getting the female to a safe location, where they awaited the arrival of the emergency crews.

Due to the location of the injured hiker, HFD Chopper 2 landed near Makalawena Beach and conducted a quick medical assessment on the injured female hiker and later extricated her from Makalawena Beach to the landing zone above Queen Kaahumanu Highway near the West Hawaii Veteran Cemetary to an awaiting HFD Medic. HFD Medic then took over medical care of the hiker and transported her to Kona Community Hospital in serious condition.

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