Crews rescue stranded hikers off Koko Head

Firefighters rescued two hikers in East Oahu Monday morning.

Authorities said a man and woman attempted to hike up the face of Koko Head, facing Halona Blowhole, when they got stuck in steep terrain roughly 300 ft. up the mountainside.

Romeo Sario told KHON2 he and his wife usually hike Koko Crater Trail about once or twice a week for exercise, but decided to try another trail Monday and took a wrong turn.

“I (could) handle (it), but my wife looked like she was going to cry, so we decided to to call 911 after three hours,” Sario said.

Emergency crews were alerted at around 10:43 a.m.

A Honolulu Fire Dept. helicopter airlifted Sario and his wife to Sandy Beach and both were safely rescued by 11:40 a.m.

Sario said they won’t attempt the new trail again. “If you’re not a real climber, don’t go,” he said.

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