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Hikers are rescued from forest reserve in Volcano Sunday (Oct 26)

The Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve trailhead at the end of Captain's Drive/Ala Kapena Drive in Glenwood, Hawaii. Officially the trail is closed but hikers and hunters often enter the area. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo.

The Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve trailhead at the end of Captain’s Drive/Ala Kapena Drive in Glenwood, Hawaii. Officially the trail is closed but hikers and hunters often enter the area. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo.

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Fire/rescue crews answered an 11:34 a.m. alarm Sunday (Oct 26) for two lost hikers on the Captain’s Drive/Ala Kapena Drive trail in the Volcano area. Ground crews and Chopper One were dispatched for the search.

The hikers had entered the Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve and were lost as they were unfamiliar with the trail and terrain. The area is heavily forested with old growth ferns and trees making for difficult cellphone reception and has numerous hunting trails.

The hikers were able to call for help on a cellphone. A search crew on the ground located the hiker’s vehicle at the trailhead and started searching on the trail. Chopper One was able to use the cellphone’s GPS coordinates to locate the hikers and airlift them out.

Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers were on scene to investigate and interview the hikers regarding the unauthorized entry into the forest reserve. The hikers were not injured.




The end of Captain’s Drive/Ala Kapena Drive in Glenwood.

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