Volunteers continue to search for missing teen hiker

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Volunteers gathered in Kaneohe on Saturday, hoping to find 18-year-old Daylenn “Moke” Pua.

Private helicopters, hikers, and spotters searched the mountains for any signs of him.

“We just wanted to go up there and get some really good photos of the different areas just to document everything to be able to tell is this actually a person or is this just a piece of white rock? Is this a skid mark or is it just exposed rock? So we didn’t find anything, but it was good just to go and check those leads and confirm that that wasn’t anything,” said Liz Barney, a helicopter search volunteer.

Family members and volunteers believe Pua entered through a gate at Kamananui Trail in Moanalua Valley and hiked through the rough terrain to reach the Haiku Stairs, rather than entering through the Kaneohe side.

Throughout the day, people brought food and water for the family and volunteers stationed in Moanalua Valley. Even complete strangers found themselves getting involved.

“When you’re a father, you feel another father’s heart. We didn’t know the family, but we just felt the need to be out here. They’re from the Big Island and we just felt Oahu people it’d be nice just to support the family,” said Chris Yuen, a volunteer.

“It’s been really hard on our family,” said Tessie Uulopa, Pua’s aunt. “Moke you know you got all the love and the support from your family. From here on Oahu, all over the world, and back home. So come home, Moke. We are waiting for you.”

Another family member will by flying to Oahu in the next day or two. The family says they are thankful for the outpouring of love and support from the community.

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