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Idaho Man Airlifted After Fall in Makamakaole Gulch in Kahakuloa

PC Courtesy: Maui Fire Department

Fire crews this afternoon airlifted an Idaho man after he was injured in a fall while hiking the Makamakaole Gulch in Kahakuloa.

At 3:03 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, fire crews responded to mile marker 8 of Kahekili Highway for an injured male hiker.

Wailuku firefighters arrived at 3:32 p.m. and learned from other hikers that the injured male was about a 45 minute hike from the highway. The fire department’s Air 1 helicopter was brought in and located the hiker about a mile mauka of the Kahekili Highway.
Air 1 lowered rescue personnel by rope to the victim and his friend, who were at the base of a 90 foot waterfall. Both men were airlifted to a landing zone established on the highway and were transferred to waiting paramedics at 4:25 p.m.

The 22-year-old male visitor from Idaho was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition. The victim’s friend, a Maui man, was uninjured.

PC Courtesy: Maui Fire Department

The two had been hiking in the area when the victim lost his footing on slippery rocks and fell, sustaining a head injury. It’s unknown how far the victim fell. The Idaho man’s friend did not see him fall and the victim did not recall what had happened.

A Wailuku engine and Kahului rescue crew responded to the incident.

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