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.