Updated at 1:40 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2003
Hikers safe after ordeal
Advertiser StaffTwo women hikers were taken out of Kahana Valley by helicopter early today as Honolulu fire fighters completed a rescue operation that started last night. The women, in their early 20s, were not injured, said Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada.
They were brought out safely today at 6:45 a.m. Two rescue specialists spent the night with the hikers after they were located at 9 p.m. last night.
The women had hiked into the valley at about 1:45 p.m. yesterday and were unable to make their way out, said Tejada. One of the women used a cell phone to contact a relative, who then reported the lost hikers to the Fire Department at 6:30 p.m.