Kauaʻi Fire Department rescues hiker by air from Kalalau Trail; third in 4 days
March 13, 2023, 3:52 PM HST
* Updated March 14, 7:30 AM
The crew of Kauaʻi Fire Department’s Chopper 1 helicopter on Monday afternoon rescued a female hiker who suffered a leg injury during a fall on Kalalau Trail just above Hanakapi’ai Beach.
The injury occurred about 2 p.m. while she was hiking in a group of five people.
According to first responder radio communications, the plan was for the rescue helicopter to land at the pre-designated landing zone at the beach at Hanakapi’ai and have crew members hike up to the woman. They would stabilize her and then transport her to the helicopter using specialized equipment.
The helicopter flew the woman to Princeville Airport, arriving around 4 p.m. She was treated by paramedics, who transport her to Wilcox Medical Center in Līhuʻe. She was in stable condition, according to radio communication.
It is the third rescue of a hiker on Kauaʻi trails in four days. On Friday, a female hiker was rescued by crews using special rough terrain transport equipment after being found about 1,000 yards below the popular Hoʻopiʻi hiking trails second falls. The bad weather made an airlift not possible
And on Saturday, a 64-year-old female hiker who sustained a leg injury on Kauai’s Sleeping Giant (Nounou) hiking trail was lifted out of the area by a helicopter.
Editorʻs Note: This story was updated with new information on Monday evening.