Visitor falls 150 feet while hiking illegal Kauai trail

An 18-year-old woman survived a 150-foot fall from an illegal hiking trail on Kauai Tuesday.

The hiker was an exchange student visiting from Oahu.

Officials say she fell at around 12:25 p.m. Tuesday while hiking an unestablished trail near Wailua Falls.

Initially, first responders were unable to find the woman in the forest reserve. They met up with a man who had contacted authorities after seeing the woman fall. All walked down the trail and found the woman on the Lihue side of the river.

Crews airlifted her to a nearby landing zone. She was taken to Wilcox Memorial Center with minor scrapes and abrasions.

Police closed a portion of Ma‘alo Road between mile marker three and the end of the road for approximately one hour to support the rescue operation.

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