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Hiker seriously injured in fall from Kalihi Valley waterfall

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 26-year-old man was seriously hurt after falling or jumping from a waterfall at the end of a Kalihi Valley trail. The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning at Naohia Falls, more commonly known as Ice Pond.

A Honolulu Fire Department spokesperson says the victim tumbled down the falls and lost consciousness.  His two friends pulled him out of the water and performed CPR. When rescuers arrived, the man had regained consciousness.

An air rescue helicopter flew the victim out of the area. Honolulu police briefly shut down the Likelike highway to allow the helicopter to land.  The victim was transferred to an ambulance and taken to an area hospital with traumatic injuries from the fall.

The trail is not public and is on Board of Water Supply land. While there is a locked gate, it is easy to walk around it onto a paved roadway. There are also no visible signs against trespassing. 

Many people find out about the trail on line. "Off the Internet, watching YouTube videos and stuff," said Sean Mello. "Thought it looked great. I've lived here all my life and have never been up here. I've been to every other waterfall."

"The waterfalls and the ponds, jumping off and swimming in," said another hiker, Ron Torres. "And plus like compared to Maunawili, the water's fresh."

But hikers said like any other trail and waterfall in Hawaii, it has its dangers.


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