Hiker dies after falling from Mariner’s Ridge Trail

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UPDATE: Hiker who died after falling from Mariner’s Ridge Trail identified

Honolulu firefighters rescued another hiker who fell off a ridge trail, this time in East Oahu on Sunday.

The man in his 70s was unresponsive and later pronounced dead.

It is unclear at this time whether the hiker had a medical condition that caused him to fall to his death, but the group he was hiking with said he slipped and fell head first about 40 to 50 feet.

Kaluanui Ridge Trail, commonly known as Mariner’s Ridge Trail, is a popular hike in East Honolulu with views of Hawaii Kai and the windward coast.

“When we got to the top of Mariners Ridge where the trail ends there was a Korean group up there. They were motioning. It was obvious someone was down,” witness John Hart said.

The man who was with the Honolulu Korean Hikers Club reportedly made it to the top, but then continued with the group heading to another vantage point that is off the beaten path.

“Where the old end of the trail sign used to be, if you look down to the left it goes straight down,” Hart said.

“I guess there is a path towards the other level and they tried to take a shortcut down towards the ridge,” witness Noel Kaoi said.

The witnesses told police the hiker slipped and fell head first and eventually landed on his back in an area that was difficult for firefighters to reach.

“They had a really rough time landing to get their people down. They had that small part right on top of the ridge, managed to get down there,” Hart said.

“Upon arrival of our first rescue person, he reported the hiker was not breathing and did not have pulse. So we quickly packaged the person in our stokes basket to be lifted out by our Air One,” Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Christopher Ah Mook Sang.

The rest of the hiking group made it down on their own and were met by police who took their statements.

“I’d like to think if he was an experienced hiker, he passed doing what he loved to do,” Hart said.

There have been several hiker rescues this weekend. Firefighters remind us to be aware of our surroundings and mindful of weather conditions, also know our limitations and don’t stray off of marked trails.

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