Missing hiker found on Kuliouou Ridge Trail

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A hiker that was missing on Saturday afternoon has been found on Sunday morning.

Friends and family say Sheila Lim, who is visiting from the Philippines, was last seen around 1 p.m. Saturday on the Kuliouou Ridge Trail.

Her niece, who is a UH student, said they lost sight of her while heading down the trail.

Lim was with her group of friends and family.

“In our mind, she probably followed another hiker or hikers and tried to do a shortcut,” said niece Clarisse Sullivan.

The family called 911 and search and rescue teams looked in the area until dark.

Sullivan then posted to Stolen Stuff Hawaii’s Facebook page asking for volunteers to help find her aunt.

Search and rescue, Air 1, HPD, and HFD were all on scene at Kuliouou neighborhood park early Sunday morning.

HPD officers were repelling nearby and were about to send search dogs out when the call came in— “Sheila had been found.”

After seeing the Facebook post, two good samaritans went out to see if they could help find her, and they did around 10:30 Sunday morning.

“We know the back trail, Hahaione, really well and we didn’t know if anyone would be there because it happened on Kuliouou side, so we decided to go out,” said Lisa and William Sandusky.

The couple said they were shouting Lim’s name every 100 yards. They were about two miles into the hike, and about 400 yards from the Connector trail when they heard Lim scream back.

“She had a cut on her forehead and some scrapes and bruises on her arms and legs but she didn’t look dehydrated and she didn’t lose consciousness,” they said.

The duo moved Lim to a location where a helicopter could airlift her down.

They said the trail is so overgrown, it would be difficult for a helicopter to find her.

“Even experienced people can have trouble it’s pretty overgrown,” William Sandusky said.

The Honolulu Fire Department airlifted Lim back down around noon on Sunday.

It is reported she has some minor injuries.

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