Injured hiker airlifted off Kaneohe trail


A 36-year-old woman was airlifted off the trail after being injured during a late afternoon hike on the ‘Stairway to Hell’ trail in Kaneohe.

The woman injured her right ankle, Honolulu firefighters said in a statement.

Four HFD units were dispatched shortly after the 4:39 p.m. 911 call, with the first unit arriving at Kaneohe District Park where the unit secured a landing zone.

The HFD Rescue Unit contacted the appellant, who had been hiking with the woman.

Rescue personnel flew Air 3 to the hiker location and landed nearby.

It was loaded onto the helicopter and transported to the landing zone.

The woman was transferred to emergency medical care at 5:28 p.m.

According to an article online at The Hiking HI, Stairway to Hell is “an old set of abandoned stairs leading down to nowhere.” The poster rated the 12 mile hike as advanced and takes eight hours or more, and indicates that there is an elevation gain of 1,800 feet.

To get there, the sign says you have to cross the Koolau Summit Trail.

HFD offered these safety tips:

>> Look at the time. A late departure increases the possibility of being caught in the dark. Know your turnaround time and stick to it to allow plenty of time to come back.

If you are caught in the dark, stay put unless you are very familiar with the trail and have a flashlight.

>> Know your physical capacities and your limits; select trails that can be enjoyed safely.

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