Going for a hike in Hawaii? Follow these tips before you go
HONOLULU (KHON2) – Hawaii offers breathtaking views around every corner of every island, from waterfalls hidden deep in rainforests to hundreds of miles of sandy beaches. Popular landmarks include scenic ocean views that can be seen at the top of most trails.
But before hitting the trails to get that Insta-worthy shot, be aware of where you’re heading to avoid being rescued.
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With summer travel already in full swing, visitors have flooded the trails, often oblivious to their personal fitness level, and unprepared for weather and trail conditions. Keep in mind that any trail can be difficult if you are not ready for it.
In June, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) told KHON2 they were responding with Honolulu firefighters to hikers’ rescue calls. Officials recently said many of the calls were about non-life threatening injuries.
“Someone may have a sprained ankle and cannot get out of the situation they are in because of their injury, but it does not put their life in danger and it puts rescuers and ambulances off duty. when it might have been necessary. for something more serious like a heart attack, ”said Chris Sloman, head of Honolulu EMS.
Chef Sloman says they want people to have fun, but also to be prepared. Do your research.
The HFD has provided the following safety tips for hiking:
- Do your research. Before setting out on a hike, find out what trail you plan to explore so you know the route, starting point and degree of difficulty. When you get to the trailhead, read and follow the posted signs. Be aware of restricted or closed trails.
- Bring a cell phone. In an emergency, your cell phone can save your life. Make sure your battery is full before your hike. If you lose your cell phone connection, go to higher ground to improve your reception.
- Start early. Your chances of rescue are much better during the day than at night. A late departure increases the possibility of being caught in the dark.
- Know your turnaround time. Stick to it to allow enough time to come back.
- Stay on track, especially if you are lost. Most accidents happen when hikers leave the established trail and ignore warning signs.
- Call 911 as soon as you think you are in trouble. If you are in the mountains, stay in the same area so rescuers can find you based on your last known geolocation coordinates.
the Hawaii Tourism Authority lists their own hiking safety tips here:
- Do not drink water from ponds or freshwater streams.
- Avoid entering streams or ponds with open trenches.
- Stay on the trail and follow the markers to avoid getting lost.
- Bring enough water, food and sunscreen (depending on the duration and intensity of the hike)
- Bring a light rain jacket and mosquito repellent (especially if you are going to rainforests or valleys)
- Wear light pants to keep cool or shorts (but beware, some trails are overgrown with ferns that can scratch your legs)
And the most important tip of all: don’t hike alone! But if you have to, be sure to tell someone where you are going. By following these simple tips, your hike could be the highlight of your trip.