Kauai firefighters and the county's Air 1 Rescue helicopter have been busy airlifting injured hikers from trails across the island this week, according to Kauai fire officials.
At around 8:30 a.m. Monday, a 48-year-old Colorado woman was airlifted from the Nounou trail, also known as Sleeping Giant, after she reportedly fell roughly 30 feet from the trail to a grassy area below. Air 1 short-hauled two rescue personnel into the area to locate the woman who suffered a broken arm and leg injury. She was taken to a nearby park where awaiting medics transported her to Wilcox Hospital.
On Sunday, Rescue Specialists conducted two rescue missions. The first incident occurred at around 10 a.m. when Police Dispatch was notified of two injured hikers in the Hanakoa Valley along Kauai's Na Pali Coast.
A 34-year-old Canadian woman and a Maui woman, age 29, had suffered leg injuries near the Hanakoa camping area. Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 flew to the Hanakoa landing zone and airlifted both women to Waimea Canyon Park where medics awaited their arrival.
By 12:40 p.m., rescuers were off to another rescue at the 'Ili'ili Trail above Wailua. A 64-year-old Lihue woman also suffered a leg injury and was short-hauled from the trail to the Lihue Airport landing zone to on-scene medics.
Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman is taking this opportunity to warn hikers of the potential hazards: "Check trail conditions and weather forecasts before you head out, and tell someone reliable where you plan to hike and when you expect to get back. Always pack warm clothes and more food and water than you think you’ll need. And finally, know your limits and choose your outdoor activities accordingly. There is something for everyone here on Kauai, but safety must come first!"