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BREAKING: Father and Daughter Medivaced After Falling from Hana Cliff

April 2, 2012, 5:44 PM HST
* Updated April 2, 8:53 PM
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Kaihalulu rescue. Photos courtesy Kekoa Akoi via Sanoe.

A father and daughter were airlifted after falling 30 feet from a cliff at Kaihalulu in East Maui. Photo Courtesy Puili Cocket via Sanoe.

By Wendy Osher

(Posted: 5:44 p.m.; Update: 6:26 p.m. 4/2/12)

A father and his seven-year-old daughter are being Medivaced to the Maui Memorial Medical Center this afternoon after the two fell off of a 30- to 40-foot cliff in East Maui.

The incident was reported at 4:10 p.m. at Kaihalulu or “Red Sand Beach” in Hana.

Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said the 45-year-old man suffered injuries to his legs, and the daughter sustained head injuries.  Crews from the Hana fire station provided initial response. 


Medics transported the girl to the Maui Memorial Medical center via Medivac and returned to Hana to transport her father for treatment, according to Maui County Paramedic Association spokesperson, Ryan Joslin


The two were hiking on the trail head when the incident occurred.  Due to hazardous trail conditions, the patients were airlifted to safety.

Photo and footage courtesy Ryan JOSLIN, Maui County Paramedic Association.

Authorities say the injuries sustained by both individuals were considered non-life threatening, but Air Med-1 utilized transport as a precaution because of the height of the fall, the daughter’s head injury, and the distance to the hospital.

Both patients were airlifted to the Hana Ball Park by Air-1 and Rescue 10 personnel, according to FSO Mainaga.


The daughter was transported via Medicvac from the ball park, while the father was taken by ambulance to the airport, and then transported via Medivac from Hana Airport to the hospital.

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