A 59-year old Canadian woman broke her ankle Friday in Halawa Valley while hiking to Moaula Falls.
The two-mile moderate hike to the waterfall is one of the most popular activities for Molokai visitors. As you approach the fresh water pool that feeds the river, hikers generally hop between large boulders. According to the report from Maui Fire Chief Lee Mainga, the hiker from Calgary slipped two miles up the trail.
The woman, hiking with family members, had to wait approximately one hour for the first fire units to arrive. Kaunakakai and Pukoo firefighters received the call at 12:38 p.m.
Once they arrived, rescue workers stabilized the patient, placed her on a backboard and carried her down the trail. She was then transported to Molokai General by ambulance in stable condition.
This is the second medical emergency on this trail in the past three months. In mid-November, a 20-year old woman suffered a severe allergic reaction while hiking the trail.