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Rescue operations underway after dozens stranded on Kauai trail

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HANALEI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Swollen stream conditions along the Kalalau Trail on Kauai stranded dozens of hikers overnight, and rescue operations are scheduled to begin at approximately 6 a.m. Monday, according to Kauai Fire Department officials.

Nearly 24 hikers were rescued on Sunday before darkness set in, but firefighters say as many as 70 more were forced to spend the night on the trail because of the stream.

We're told that most of Sunday's rescue operations involved people who were further inland near the Hanakapiai Falls area, which can be especially dangerous during times of heavy rain. Monday's rescue work will focus primarily on the area near the beach.

No injuries have been reported, and two firefighters stayed with hikers on the trail overnight. 

Operations were scheduled to begin at first light. 

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