Hiker airlifted from ‘Secret Falls’

WAILUA — Fire personnel responded to a call of a visiting female hiker needing assistance at Uluwehi Falls — commonly known as Secret Falls — at about 12:54 p.m. on Wednesday, a county press release stated.

Rescuers hiked to the area to assist the 60-year-old woman with an injured left ankle but were unable to carry her across the stream due to the high water level.

Air 1 was called in to airlift the woman to a safe landing zone, where awaiting medics transported her to Wilcox Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

The woman was part of a tour group that kayaked down the Wailua River then hiked up to the falls.

County spokeswoman Sarah Blane said she received information that firefighters that hiked to the falls to assist the visitor ended up helping roughly 30 hikers to cross the river safely while they waited for Air 1’s arrival.

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