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Couple Airlifted from Bamboo Forest Trail

March 12, 2018, 8:57 PM HST · Updated March 13, 8:54 AM
Nikki Schenfeld · 1 Comment
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Bamboo Forest rescue on March 12, 2018. PC: Matt Kinoshita

Two visitors from Washington D.C. were rescued on Monday afternoon after being stranded by high stream waters at the Bamboo Forest Trail in East Maui.

Fire crews were dispatched to the popular hiking spot in Kailua at 12:32 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018.  Pāʻia firefighters were on scene at 1:07 p.m. and found the couple on the opposite side of the first stream crossing, not far from the trailhead.

Fire officials say the two had made it across the stream on their trek in, but found the stream flowing too high to chance the crossing on their return. A group of hikers just starting out on the trail came upon the stream crossing and also did not want to risk it. They called for help after realizing the D.C. couple was stuck on the opposite side.

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The department’s Air-1 helicopter arrived and airlifted the couple to a pasture near the trailhead on Hāna Highway at around 1:40 p.m. The couple, a 33-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were not injured.

Rescue 10 from Kahului also responded along with Pāʻia firefighters.

Nikki Schenfeld
Nikki joined the Maui Now team in 2016 as a writer/reporter. Originally from Chicago, she has had internships with CBS2 Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she had the opportunity to interview some of Chicago's best athletes. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Maui in 2013.
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