Hiker airlifted from Hanakapi‘ai

NA PALI COAST — The Kaua‘i Fire Department airlifted a 50-year-old female visitor Tuesday afternoon from Hanakapi‘ai Valley, after she sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to a county press release.

The Colorado Springs visitor had been hiking on the Kalalau Trail with her husband, when she fell and injured her ankle, the release states.

An O‘ahu visitor and a Kilauea resident said they passed the injured hiker on the trail. They said there were a few people around the woman, and despite the injuries she seemed OK, said a friend who picked up the hikers at the trail head by Ke‘e Beach, Ha‘ena.

The woman’s husband hiked out to Ke’e Beach and reported the incident at approximately 2:15 p.m. to county lifeguards, who, in turn, notified police dispatch, the release stated.

Firefighters from the Hanalei Fire Station responded by hiking into the valley to assess her injuries. The responders found the woman about 350 yards from the Hanakapi‘ai landing zone and splinted her ankle.

Rescue 3 personnel flew in aboard Air 1 and airlifted the woman to Princeville Airport, where she was released to her husband. He then transported her to Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihu‘e.


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