Injured hiker airlifted from East Maui trail

Visitor transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition

The Maui News

A visitor from Alaska was airlifted from a hiking trail in East Maui after he suffered a leg injury Sunday afternoon, according to a fire official.

Emergency crews received a call at 2:48 p.m. Sunday about a man who had injured his leg while climbing over a fence on a mountain trail above the Garden of Eden Arboretum, Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto said. The man’s leg wasn’t broken, but he was unable to walk back down. He was located about a mile mauka of Hana Highway.

A Paia crew and the department’s Air One helicopter with a Kahului rescue crew on board arrived at 3:30 p.m., Taomoto said. They placed the man in a stretcher basket and airlifted him to a landing zone on the highway. Medics transported the man to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition with injuries that were not life-threatening. Air One then returned to the trail and brought the man’s hiking companion back down to the highway.

The injured hiker was a 60-year-old man from Anchorage. His hiking companion was a female in her late 50s.