A woman visiting from California is in stable condition tonight after hurting her back on a waterslide in West Maui today. Around 12:30 p.m. today, Maui Fire and Rescue crews dispatched Ladder 3, Engine 3, Rescue 10 and Air-1 after reports of an injured person in the water below a natural “water slide” known to locals as Kahoma Cabin. The victim was reported as still in the water.
The location was a remote and mountainous area requiring all-terrain vehicle capability over about three miles of off-the-road terrain. Crews arrived on scene and found the patient, a 31 year old female, being supported in the shallow water of a pond.
The victim’s main complaint was lower to middle back pain that she stated occurred while sliding down a water slide chute. The victim was assessed and rescuers secured her to a backboard. The patient, after being removed from the water, was airlifted by Air-1 to a landing zone located at Lahainaluna High School.
The woman was transferred to an ambulance for transport to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition. The female was a visitor from Granite Bay, California. Kahoma Cabin is on private property owned by West Maui Land Company.