According to a preliminary report, first responders received a report at approximately 3PM on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 of a 67-year-old male visitor in distress on the Kalalau Trail, reports the County of Kauai.
Crews with the Waimea fire station, Rescue 3 aboard Air 1, and American Medical Response responded to the incident.
Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 located the hiker at 3:30PM at mile marker 8 on the Kalalau Trail. According to a preliminary report, the hiker was not feeling well and was light-headed. First responders secured him to Air 1 and airlifted him to awaiting firefighters and personnel with American Medical Response to a landing zone at Waimea Canyon Park.
Responding medics with AMR assessed the hiker, who was later transferred to the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.
Kauai’s Kalalau Trail is one of the most epic trails in the world. It is also one of the world’s most dangerous. The trail roughly follows the island’s Na Pali Coast for 11 glorious miles, from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach. The trail is not for the faint of heart.