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Search For Missing Hiker Successful

Haleakala National Park

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A search was begun for a lost day hiker late last Sunday when he failed to meet a family member at Keonehe’ehe’e trailhead as planned. The day hiker arranged to be dropped off by a family member at the Halemau’u trailhead (elevation 7,990 feet) around midday on Sunday. He apparently planned to descend Halemau’u Trail into the crater and then ascend via the Keonehe’ehe’e (Sliding Sands) Trail five hours later – a distance exceeding 11 miles and 4,000 feet total elevation change. He was poorly prepared and did not possess a trail map. After the family member reporting the missing hiker, Maui Fire Department conducted a hasty search of the Halemau’u trailhead, but suspended the search when it became too dark. Search and rescue operations resumed at first light on Monday. Despite inadequate preparation, water, and clothing, he’d found his own way out of the crater overnight through Kaupo Gap and apparently hitchhiked back to Kahului. He was found to be in relatively good condition.



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