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Teenager rescued on Sacred Falls trail

HAUULA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Fire Department helped rescue an injured hiker on the Sacred Falls trail Thursday afternoon.

Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig says that three people were less than a quarter-mile into the hike when a teenage boy slipped on a loose rock and 'slid' about 20 feet. The teen who suffered abrasions was unable to walk out of the valley.

Capt. Seelig says the three hikers were tourists.

HFD in April this year also rescued an injured hiker in the park.

The area has been closed to the public since May 9, 1999, when a rockfall killed eight people and injured dozens more.  

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reminds the public that Sacred Falls State Park remains closed to the public, for public safety. 

"Exposure to falling rock hazards remains severe at Sacred Falls, and rockfall warning and multiple "PARK CLOSED" signs are posted at the park gate as well as at locations along the trail," said William J. Aila, DLNR Chairperson. "People entering the now unmaintained park are putting themselves at risk of injury or death."

"We encourage all persons to respect the park closure, and to safely enjoy our other State Park areas or hiking trails within the Na Ala Hele Trail System of State Forest Reserves," said Dan Quinn, State Parks administrator. "Other popular waterfalls on O‘ahu include Maunawili Falls, and Manoa Falls."

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers also responded to today's accident and are investigating to determine what enforcement action may be taken.  DOCARE officers continue to cite numerous persons who are climbing over or going around the locked fence and ignoring the park closure and warning signs.

Entry into a closed park is a petty misdemeanor offense, a violation of Hawaii Administrative Rules and subject to administrative, civil and criminal penalties, as provided by Hawaii Revised Statutes section 184-5, section 199-7 and chapter 712A.

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