At 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, firefighters responded to the Bamboo Forest in East Maui for a report of five hikers that may have been stranded by high stream waters.
Firefighters from Paia arrived at 3:40 p.m. and spoke with the female visitor that made the call for help. The woman was returning to her car and had just made the last stream crossing near Hana Highway when the stream flow suddenly increased very rapidly.
She said there were five people further up the trail by the second pond and she didn’t think the stream was crossable anymore.
Fire rescue personnel aboard the department’s Air-1 helicopter located the five hikers along the trail and advised them of the flash flooding that had occurred. Rescue crews eventually airlifted three adults and two children to a grass pasture near the highway.
They were checked out by paramedics but were released with no injuries at around 4:30 p.m.
The five were all part of the same hiking group. A 50-year-old male and his daughter and son, aged 8 and 12 are Maui residents. The other two, a 47-year-old man and 18-year-old woman were visiting from Fortuna, California.
Firefighters from Paia and a rescue crew from Kahului responded to the incident.