Hiker rescued after injury on Hanauma Bay trail

A lone hiker found himself in trouble on Hanauma Bay trail Sunday, and luckily for him, a group of hikers were there to help.

The call for help came around 11 a.m. According to a Honolulu Fire Dept. official, the male hiker injured his ankle and needed to be air lifted out.

Despite a gate and signs saying to “keep out,” the trail is still a popular one with residents and visitors. “It’s pretty much a paved path all the way up to the cellphone towers,” said hiker Maka Gushikuna. “After that, if you want to hike all the way to the point, it becomes more of a dusty trail with different terrain.”

She said she and her friends saw the lone hiker come off the paved path and slip. The man couldn’t put pressure on his leg, so they called 911.

“This is the first time I did anything like this in my young 60 years on this planet,” said Gary Sweeton.

There are signs posted near the gate that state no trespassing, or risk a $500 dollar fine, but HFD battalion chief Ken Lee said no one pays it any mind.

“I don’t know if it’s because it’s on the Internet, but there was about 50 people on the trail today just now,” he said.

Lee added that hiker rescues are common at the Hanauma Bay trail. “When you add this area, Koko Head, Diamond Head, they’re all very popular hikes. You add all the three together and rescues are pretty common.”

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