U.S. Navy concludes search for missing teen hiker


The U.S. Navy has concluded search and rescue efforts for an 18-year-old hiker on Oahu.

The Easyriders of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37, equipped with multispectral targeting system capabilities, flew over the ridgeline above Haiku Stairs Wednesday, searching for any signs of Daylenn “Moke” Pua.

The search ended at 7 p.m.

The U.S. Navy received a request from the Federal Aviation Administration. According to a spokesman, the crew had regularly scheduled training and saw it as a good opportunity to help.

“HSM-37 crews are ready to support continued search efforts if a request is made by local or federal authorities,” the Navy said in a statement. “Our heartfelt thoughts are with the family of missing hiker Daylenn Pua.”

The Big Island teen has been missing since Friday, Feb. 27.

Pua was visiting Oahu from Hawaii Island on a field trip and was last seen boarding a bus Friday morning. He reportedly texted photos of himself on the trail a few hours later.

The search was in consultation with the Honolulu Fire Department, which called off its own search Tuesday after no sign of the hiker.

The Easyriders are based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe.

Photo: Darcy Fiero

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