121 stranded hikers rescued from Kauai trail
Rising waters stranded day-hikers and backpackers on popular trail on the Hawaiian island’s rugged Napali coast
Officials on the Hawaiian island of Kauai say they have rescued 121 hikers who became stranded by rising waters that made a stream impossible to pass.
The Kauai County Fire Department said Monday that 98 hikers flew out Monday after spending the night near the remote Hanakapiai beach on the Napali coast. Another 23 people were flown out on Sunday evening before dark.
They were on the Kalalau Trail, a popular day-hike and backpacking route along the rugged, undeveloped coast. The trail takes off from the road’s end near Ke’e beach.
The stranded hikers rescued Sunday included several children, including an 18-month old and a 12-year-old boy who was swept downstream but able to get onto nearby rocks.
Two rescuers spent the night in the valley with the remaining hikers. No injuries are reported.
State officials have closed the trail until further notice. Trail info: hawaiistateparks.org/hiking/kauai/kalalau.cfm