Hikers rescued off Ko'olau mountain rangeUPDATED 7:17 PM HST Feb 10, 2014Video Transcript
Two hikers are safe after being stranded on the Ko'olau Mountain range early this morning. KITV 4's Ashley Moser was there when the two were rescued ...along with some Kaneohe residents... who shared their disappointment over the hikers' actions. Frank Torres Kaneohe Resident 37:41 "THIS SHOULDN'T BE HAPPENING AT ALL." 37:45 Kaneohe resident Frank Torres gets annoyed when he sees hikers go someplace they don't belong, and then ask for help getting back out. Case in point... Fire officials say they were alerted around 2 am that a man and woman were stranded near the Stairway to Heaven trail. Frank 37:36 "TOO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE GOING UP... INEXPERIENCED. THAT COST THESE FIRE MEN TO RISK THEIR LIVES TO TRY AND SAVE THEM. 37:41" The hiker's sister says she was worried when her brother didn't come home. He had left his phone on the kitchen table. Kelli Mcdougle Hiker's Sister 39:59 "THE GIRL HE WAS WITH BROUGHT HER PHONE BUT IT WAS ABOUT TO DIE BUT SHE WAS ABLE TO CALL HER FRIEND THIS MORNING AND LET THEM KNOW THEY WERE STILL ALIVE." 40:09 At around 6:30 this morning fire officials rescued both hikers using chopper one at Kaneohe District Park. standup: Ashley Moser 41:26 "OFFICIALS SAY THE COUPLE STARTED THEIR HIKE ON THE TOWN SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN NEAR TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER. BUT HIKERS WE SPOKE TO SAY THAT TRAIL DOESN'T ACTUALLY CONNECT TO THE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN." 41:36 Frank 37:14 "I KNOW I DID THE STAIRWAYS TO HEAVEN SO MANY TIMES. YOU CAN'T GET THERE FROM TOWN. THEY SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN UP THERE AT ALL." 37:25 As for family and friends they say although this rescue was unanticipated... it's a relief. Kelli 40:14 "IT'S GOOD TO SEE THAT THEY ARE BOTH SAFE." 40:16 In Kaneohe...Ashle y Moser...KITV 4 News. Fire officials say the hikers will not be fined because they were not rescued from a restricted area. They were actually found on the Ko'olau Mountain range and not on the actual Stairway to Heaven trail.