16 Airlifted from Kepaniwai at ʻĪao, Stranded by Rising River

October 8, 2018, 7:49 AM HST · Updated October 8, 8:22 AM
Wendy Osher · 0 Comments

ʻĪao rescue. (10.7.18) Photo courtesy: Joe Domrad

Sixteen people were rescued from ʻĪao Valley on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2018, when quick-rising water at the Wailuku River left the individuals stranded.

The incident was reported at 1:23 p.m. at Kepaniwai Park.

Maui Fire Captain Paul Haake said the group included 14 residents and two visitors.

Personnel from Hazmat 10 out of Kahului set up a landing zone in the parking lot while firefighters aboard the department’s Air 1 helicopter airlifted all individuals to safety.


No injuries were reported.

The incident was one of three rescues conducted by the department on Sunday afternoon. The others included the rescue of 9 people from the “Swinging Bridges” area of Waiheʻe Valley; and the rescue of an injured hiker at Nākālele in West Maui.

ʻĪao rescue. (10.7.18) Photo courtesy: Joe Domrad

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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