Hiker dies on Sleeping Giant

WAILUA — A 59-year-old Lawa‘i resident was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon at Wilcox Memorial Hospital after being airlifted from atop Nonou Mountain in Wailua.

The man had been hiking along the Nonou Mountain trail, also known as the Sleeping Giant, at about 2 p.m. when he apparently had a massive heart attack or stroke, according to the Kaua‘i Fire Department.

Station 2 received a call from dispatch and emergency workers attempted to make their way to the summit. Rescue 3 and Air 1 responded to the call and flew to the peak of the mountain and upon arrival performed CPR on the victim.

Rescue personnel prepared the victim for transport to the Wailua Houselots park where medics were waiting. After being attended to by the medics, the victim was transported to Wilcox Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.

The name of the victim is being withheld until next of kin has been contacted. According to Kaua‘i Police Department, there were no signs of foul play. An autopsy has been requested.

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