Hiker dies in fall at Olomana trail

Hiker dies in fall at Olomana trail
Published: Jun. 27, 2015 at 6:21 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 28, 2015 at 1:39 AM HST
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KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 53-year-old man died Saturday after he apparently fell some 200 feet from the trail along Olomana in Windward Oahu.

According to the Honolulu Fire Department, the man was hiking with three other men along the trail, which offers stunning views, but also has hazards that have proved to be fatal three times in the last four years.

The man fell from the trail between the first and second peaks of the mountain. When crews reached him, it already appeared to be too late.

"Rescue personnel made contact with the patient. Patient was unconscious, pulse-less and not breathing," said Battalion Chief Mark Nakagawa of the Honolulu Fire Department.

The man was airlifted to the Maunawili Neighborhood Park, where he was pronounced dead.

A hiker who was part of another group saw the rescue from a distance. "it is pretty steep," said James Bonham, who was making his third hike along the mountain. "There are some ropes up there to help climbers up there, but I guess he just must've slipped."

"The first peak is fairly advanced. The first to second peak is a bit of a breather when you hike that section," said Barbara Bruno, president of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club. However, she was quick to add, "I'm not saying it's easy. It's not."

Bruno said the group considers the entire trail to be one for advanced hikers only, even if the section between peaks one and two is relatively easy.

"It is a steep mountain," she said. "Even though I can't think of an obvious point where you would fall off between the first and second, should you fall off, you'll be falling a couple of hundred feet, easily."

The man's name has not yet been released.


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