Oahu search ends with no sign of Big Island teen


Oahu crews have called off the search for Big Island teen Daylenn “Moke” Pua.

The Honolulu Fire Department and volunteers spent another day combing through the area surrounding Haiku Stairs, but there was no sign of the 18-year-old.

Officials had initially suspended the search for Pua Monday afternoon, but hikers who were on a trail in the Moanalua area said they may have heard a call for help.

“It was described as a ridge line approximately a meter in width, about 200 meters long with extensive cliff sides on either side,” said Capt. David Jenkins with the Honolulu Fire Department.

Because the area was too vast to search in the dark, crews headed out at first light to follow that lead, but came up empty.

Crews reported poor conditions that were “cold, rainy and slippery” as they looked for signs of someone who may have fallen or slipped.

“A lot of places we were searching today, we were scrambling up the sides of the ridges to get around sections that were too slippery to go through,” said search volunteer Michael Bowen.

Pua is a senior at Ke Kula ‘O Ehunuikaimalino, a Hawaiian immersion school in Kealakekua.

He was visiting Oahu from Hawaii Island on a field trip and staying with his grandmother in Waianae.

He was last seen boarding a bus Friday morning, and reportedly texted photos of himself on the trail a few hours later.

The search could resume if new developments or information arise.

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