Hiker rescued from Sacred Falls Trail

RESCUE

A hiker was rescued from Sacred Falls (Kaluanui) State Park Trail Wednesday morning after spending the night in the mountains.

Officials say the hiker was separated from the group he was with at around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The other three hikers exited the trail at about 7 p.m.

Honolulu Fire Department officials say they received a call just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. One of the hikers assisted the firefighters to find the location where the group was separated. Firefighters made a contact with the stranded 20-year-old hiker and sent a helicopter at first light.

The man was rescued and no injuries are reported. He was taken to an area clinic to be monitored.

Sacred Falls has been closed since May 9, 1999, when eight people were killed and over 50 injured in a massive rock slide.

The man who assisted the fire department and the rescued hiker face hefty fines for being on the trail.

According to DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), entry into a closed park is a petty misdemeanor offense and subject to criminal penalties of not less than $100 for a first offense; $200 for a second offense; and $500 for a third or subsequent offense; in addition to administrative penalties of $2,500 for a first offense; $5,000 for a second offense, and $10,000 for a third violation.

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