Two 16 year-old girls are safe this morning after a long, cold night on the banks of the Oheo Gulch. The drama ended when Air-1 located the two girls at 7:05 a.m. today after they spent the night chilled but unhurt. They were picked up and taken to a landing zone near the Ranger Baseyard. Searchers earlier had thought there were five in the hiking party that became separated yesterday.
Turns out there were four: a father and son, a daughter and a the daughter’s friend. All are Maui residents.
The drama began Friday at 5:43 p.m. when Hana firefighters and National Park Rangers were called to search for two 16 year-old girls who had become separated from their hiking companions near the pools at Oheo Gulch. The search took place mauka of Hana Highway near Kipahulu. Water in the stream began to rise – splitting the group. Air-1 joined the land search until darkness around 7:15 p.m. The foot search continued until almost 9 p.m. and began at first light today.
None in the party required medical treatment. Another miraculous job by Maui’s First Responders.
Alarm time: 1743 hours
Hana Firefighters with the assistance of National Park Rangers are conducting a search for 2 missing 16 year old females. The search is taking place in Kipahulu, at the Seven Sacred Pools area, Mauka of the highway. The party of 5 (2 adults, 2 females and 1 juvenile male) was hiking when the water in the stream started rising, separating the 2 females from the 3 others in their group. Also assisting in the search was Air-1 with Rescue personnel on board.The helicopter conducted an air search with firefighters and rangers conducting land searches. The helicopter discontinued their search at about 1915 hours due to darkness. The ground search continued and was called off at 2050 hours. The search will resume tomorrow morning at first light. More information will be released as it becomes available.