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Manoa, HI – Elderly Hiker Airlifted After Tourist Accident on Waahila Ridge Trl 

November 18, 2022

Manoa, HI (November 18, 2022) – On Friday, November 18th, four crews from the Honolulu Fire Department were called upon to rescue a hiker who had fallen from Waahila Ridge Trail during a tourist accident in Manoa.

Officials said they responded at about 11:00 p.m. after being notified of an accident involving hikers. Once they arrived at the scene, they learned that a 74-year-old man had fallen off the trail and could not be located.  

Sixty HFD personnel reported to the scene. A landing zone for a medical helicopter was set up at nearby Kanewai District Park.

The hiker was eventually found by a ground unit that was searching along the trail. Once the man was located, rescuers conducted a medical assessment. He was then airlifted to safety 

A spokesperson for Honolulu Emergency Medical Services said the victim was in very serious condition. His current condition and name have not been released. 

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Tourist Accident Injuries in Hawaii

Manoa, HI - Elderly Hiker Airlifted After Tourist Accident on Waahila Ridge Trl 

In Hawaii, there are an endless number of outdoor activities that could potentially injure those who choose to participate in them. Some of the more popular but perilous activities on the Big Island include:  

  • Ziplining
  • jet skiing
  • horseback riding
  • scuba diving
  • Boating
  • Parasailing
  • cliff jumping
  • hiking 

There is, regrettably, no shortage of guided tour operators and organized activity leaders who willfully neglect to enforce the required safety criteria that are necessary for the safety and well-being of their patrons. It is also quite common for the tools and equipment used by these groups to be improperly maintained and for their workers to be poorly trained. 

Nearly every business that runs these types of group activities makes their customer’s participation contingent on them signing a waiver. This is to absolve the business of any responsibility when injuries inevitably occur.

Owners are also required to make sure their patrons are physically able to participate and are given any and all essential instructions. If an owner, manager, or employee neglected to do so, your waiver is likely invalid.

The belief that signing a waiver bars an injured victim from bringing a personal injury claim as a matter of due course is a misconception. A waiver only provides protection against inherent dangers affiliated with the activity that were fully disclosed.  

Our Hawaii personal injury lawyers can review your signed waiver as well as all of its contents and provisions and determine the scope of its validity. 

If you were hurt while taking part in an organized group activity or guided tour, you may be eligible to pursue compensation.

It seems to almost be an industry standard for tour and activity operators to place the blame for any injuries on their own patrons. Accident reports filled out by owners, managers, or their employees commonly construct a false narrative that in no way reflects the actual events surrounding the incident. 

Their reason for doing this is, of course, to shield their company from any liability. At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our Honolulu personal injury attorneys will fully investigate the circumstances of your accident and effectively decide if negligent behavior on the part of an employee, operator, or owner played a role in your injuries.

When you contact our Hawaii tourist accident lawyers at (808) 537-2525, you can rest assured that we will start work on your case right away. We work diligently to make sure that our client’s rights are protected and that they receive the compensation the law entitles them to.  

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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