Kauai County spent thousands to rescue 121 hikers from Hanakapiai

Kauai Fire Dept. rescued 121 hikers over a two-day period.
Kauai Fire Dept. rescued 121 hikers over a two-day period.

Kauai County spent $3,560.68 on a massive two-day rescue operation involving 121 hikers stranded in Hanakapiai, officials reported Thursday.

The hikers were flown out of Kalalau Trail on April 6 and 7, 2014 after fast-flowing waters made the Hanakapiai stream impassable.

The Kauai Police Dept. received $278.46 in overtime pay while the Kauai Fire Dept. received $2,175.81 in overtime pay and $1,106.41 in fuel costs.

The costs do not reflect on-duty firefighters who would have been paid regardless of the rescue, as well as the cost of the pilot and maintenance of Air 1, which is covered in the county’s current contract with Airborne Aviation.

Officials say any costs incurred by medical response were not covered by Kauai County.

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