Two hikers dead after falling from Oahu trails

Man, 70s, fell near Hawaii Kai; Woman, 23, fell near Ka'a'awa

Published  11:15 AM HST Jun 23, 2013
HONOLULU -

Two hikers have died from injuries suffered on Oahu's trails over the weekend. 

The latest is a man in his 70s, who reportedly fell 30 feet head first into some boulders off Mariner's Ridge Trail in Hawaii Kai Sunday morning.

According to emergency responders, the man died at the scene. 

The man was part of an excursion of the Honolulu Korean Hikers Club.

Investigators say he was on the trail near the scenic lookout when he lost his footing and fell.

The Honolulu Fire Department transported the hiker to Kamiloiki Community Park, where ambulance crews were not able to revive him.

Meanwhile, a hiker who fell off the ridge in Ka'a'awa Saturday died on Sunday.

A friend hiking behind her tells KITV4 it happened all too quickly.

Aaron McClendon says Elizabeth Tarpey arranged the weekend hike on the Pu'u Manamana hiking trail.

The three friends had already been hiking for three hours when they started going down the back side of the trail, down the Kahekili Manamana Loop near Crouching Lion.

McClendon said Tarpey stepped on a patch of loose soil, slipped and fell 300 feet.

"The whole thing happened in slow motion," McClendon told KITV. "I remember seeing her go over and seeing her face while she was going down the side."

As Tarpey started to fall, she screamed. McClendon was behind her and tried to save her life.

"One of her legs went over and I was right behind her," McClendon described. "I reached out to grab her but I was too far back. Then her entire body went over and I saw her fall about a hundred feet before she disappeared."

The Honolulu Fire Department was there within minutes.

They made more than five attempts before they were able to get to Tarpey.  

She was transported to the trauma center in serious condition where she later died.

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