Miss­ing hiker found at lower Polipoli

The Maui News - - COUNTY -

Fire­fight­ers searched for an 18-year-old hiker who was sep­a­rated from his group at Polipoli Spring Re­cre­ation Area in Kula be­fore the miss­ing man was lo­cated Sun­day af­ter­noon, a fire of­fi­cial said.

Kula fire­fight­ers and a Kahu­lui res­cue crew re­sponded to the 12:44 p.m. call re­port­ing the Maui man was miss­ing af­ter he had gone trail run­ning Sun­day morn­ing with three friends, said Fire Ser­vices Chief Ed­ward Tao­moto. The miss­ing man had fallen be­hind and didn’t show up when the group got back to their ve­hi­cle and had waited “for a good amount of time.”

Fire crews searched mul­ti­ple trails for just over an hour when they re­ceived word at about 3 p.m. that friends had lo­cated the miss­ing man at a lower sec­tion of the Polipoli re­cre­ation area, Tao­moto said. The man wasn’t in­jured.

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