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Injured hiker is airlifted from forest

Firefighters rescued a woman who slipped on wet rocks and injured her ankle on the “Bamboo Forest” trail in East Maui on Wednesday afternoon, a fire official said.

At 5:04 p.m., Paia firefighters received a call reporting that the hiker couldn’t walk and was near the third waterfall on the trail.

Because of rugged terrain, the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter was called and quickly located the 29-year-old Denver resident about a half-mile above the trailhead, said Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto. Rescue crew members were lowered by rope to treat the woman and stabilize her injuries.

The woman was airlifted to a pasture near Hana Highway and transferred to paramedics at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Taomoto said. She was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.


Sierra Club plans Earth Day events

Events are being lined up for Saturday, in observance of Earth Day, the Sierra Club has announced.

The club will have a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Haiku Hoolaulea and Flower Festival at Haiku Elementary School.

There also will be a “March for Science” on Maui. It will begin with marchers assembling at 9 a.m. at the “great lawn” at the University of Hawaii Maui College in Kahului.

The march along Kaahumanu Avenue begins at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 10:30 a.m.

The march is in solidarity with other sister city marches around the world.

According to the organizer’s Facebook page, people will come together as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.

The Sierra Club of Hawai’i shares the concerns about Hawaii’s chemical industry, under the name Alliance for Science, at the Marches for Science throughout Hawaii, according to an announcement.

The Sierra Club Maui will host an online silent auction from Sunday to May 5. People may bid on items donated by Maui vendors. The website is at