Rescue crews have their hands full when it comes to a holiday weekend from the sea to the mountains. There are lifeguards at the beach, but there are none on the mountain trails.
“What they need to be prepared in the sense of knowing where you’re going if you’re going out in the mountains. Knowing a little bit about the trail and realizing that you need to plan so that you can be off the trail before dark,” Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig said.
Capt. Seelig and others involved in rescue operations say the same thing: have plenty of water, a cell phone, and know your limitations.
“They really should have an honest assessment of their capabilities. Even the common, very popular trails like Diamond Head, for example, can be a challenge as a climb,” Capt. Seelig said.
Emergency officials often stress the importance of the public’s involvement in ocean and mountain safety.
“EMS, HFD, Ocean Safety have all worked really well together and it has been a really beautiful and safe holiday weekend. We still have a few more hours to go, but we’re just hoping everybody cooperates with us, helps out each other. We really have to rely on the public’s support and help in all of this,” Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Shayne Enright said.
KHON2 checked with a couple of hikers, one coming down from the Olomana Trail and another couple heading up.
“Yes, I had water, snacks, hydrated the day beforehand, and got some rest the night before, so definitely prepared,” hiker Matthew Ford said.
When asked if he had a cell phone, Ford said yes.
“Yeah, we just finished with Hawaii Loa on the other side of Hawaii Kai and we’re going to come down. And we’re going to do this hike and we’re going run back down and we’re going to go up to Maunawili and we’re going to do that hike. So we’re having our hike day. It’s fun,” hiker Tiare Britos said.