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More than a dozen trapped hikers rescued from Maunawili Falls trail

Maunawili Falls Trail (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Maunawili Falls Trail (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)
MAUNAWILI, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu firefighters on Wednesday assisted more than a dozen hikers who got trapped while on the Maunawili Falls Trail.

The hikers were in three separate groups, HFD said.

HFD got the first call around 5:30 p.m. where firefighters rescued a group of five – three adults and two kids – who were unable to get down because of a swollen stream. But by the time firefighters arrived on scene, the river went down and the hikers were able to get out on their own.

Around the same time, a second call came in for four adults in a similar situation. Fire personnel reached the hikers and escorted them out.

Then, HFD received a call for seven more adults who were higher up above the falls. A helicopter helped move them to the other side of the stream where firefighters escorted them out.

All hikers were brought to safety by 7:30 p.m.

A total of 16 firefighters assisted.

Heavy rains drenched parts of the state on Wednesday with rain rates of 2 inches per hour in some spots.

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