Hikers stranded overnight

WAILUA — Two hikers who were reported missing Monday night returned safely to their vehicle on their own on Tuesday morning.

Two hikers were reported missing about 11:30 p.m. Monday by their family after they did not return from hiking the Waialeale “Blue Hole” Trail in Wailua.

According to police, a 40-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, both of Florida, were hiking out of Blue Hole about 5:30 p.m. when the man slid about 30 feet off the trail and was unable to hike out.

Police said after the man slid down a hillside, the woman went down the hill to stay with him. Due to dark and rainy conditions, they decided not to risk hiking out that night. The next day, at first light, they were able to find the trail and walk back.

As Kauai fire personnel were preparing for a rescue operation Tuesday morning, the family reported the hikers were safe, and all units were canceled.

The man and woman were able to safely hike back to their vehicle about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. They did not report any major injuries to officials, and declined further medical treatment.

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