KANAIO, MAUI – This past Monday at 7:12 p.m., firefighters were dispatched for a hiker who had lost his way in the Makena area of South Maui.
Kula firefighters were notified that a 19 year-old male hiker started his hike at around 1 p.m. from the Wailea area, and headed south towards Makena. The man called 911 dispatchers for help after darkness set in and he was unable to find his way back. He did not know where he was, but dispatchers were able to get his GPS position from his mobile phone, which was pinged somewhere near the shoreline in the Kanaio area, about four miles East of La Perouse Bay, in Makena.
Firefighters contacted Ulupalakua Ranch for assistance in gaining access to the remote area in Kanaio, makai of Piilani Highway. Before firefighters could reach the area with all-terrain vehicles, a ranch employee used an ATV to drive down the 2 mile lava rock trail and found the hiker on the “King’s Trail” near the ocean, just west of the Auwahi Windmills.
The hiker was brought up to firefighters waiting on Piilani Highway at around 9:30 p.m., where the man was given fluids to drink. He was uninjured but really thirsty, since he had not brought any food or water with him. A fire battalion chief drove the man back to Kihei. The man is visiting from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and is staying with friends in Kihei.