Hiker airlifted out after injuring ankle

A California visitor who injured his ankle on a trail in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park was airlifted from the trail to a landing zone at the trailhead near Hana Highway on Wednesday. Maui Fire Department photo

A California visitor who injured his ankle on a trail in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park was airlifted from the trail to a landing zone at the trailhead near Hana Highway on Wednesday. Maui Fire Department photo

A California man who injured his ankle while hiking Pipiwai Trail in the Haleakala National Park in Kipahulu was airlifted to safety by the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter Wednesday afternoon, a fire official said.

The 59-year-old Vacaville, Calif., man was taken to Hana Health Clinic by paramedics for treatment, said Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto.

The man was hiking with his family when he injured his ankle 2 miles up the trail below Waimoku Falls, Taomoto said. Park rangers treated the injured ankle and requested help from the Fire Department to get him back to his car.

Air One with Rescue 10 picked up the patient from the trail and dropped him off at a landing zone set up in the vicinity of the Pipiwai Trail trailhead near Hana Highway at about 2:30 p.m., Taomoto said. The man’s family hiked back down the trail.

Firefighters received the initial call at 1:28 p.m.

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