HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Oahu hiking community is reeling after losing an avid member who friends said shared his love with everyone.

According to the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services, a 61-year-old man was found dead roughly 100 feet down a cliff near a trail off of Waimano Home Road.

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The Honolulu Fire Department received an emergency call on Tuesday morning about a search for a missing person on a hiking trail in Pearl City. The emergency call was received on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at around 6:31 a.m.

HFD said four firefighter units were dispatched to the trail. At around 11:07 a.m., HFD said the missing person was packaged and airlifted to the nearest landing zone before being transferred to EMS.

The body is presumed to be Nate Yuen who went hiking on Waimano Trail on Sunday, Aug. 7.

Dozens of hikers gathered at the Waimano trailhead on Tuesday to honor Yuen.

“He loved nature, he loved hiking,” said Kumu Brad Lum, a friend of Yuen. “That was his, that was his nemesis, as they say.”

The remains were not formally identified on Tuesday afternoon but Yuen’s brother was called to the scene.

Fellow hikers told KHON2 that they searched late into Monday night and early Tuesday morning after Yuen’s car was found near Pearl City High School on Monday evening.

“By 7 o’clock people were planning on coming up here by midnight. People were up here, up in the mountains looking for him in the dark. I came here first thing in the morning, you know, dropped the kids off at school and came on the trail,” said another friend of Yuen, Makaio Villanueva.

Yuen loved native Hawaiian plants and friends said he would share his insight with anyone who asked.

“One time I went hiking with him and he identified a tree that was 200 years old and that’s how akamai, or smart, he was to identify those things,” Lum said.

Friends held a prayer circle and left a puka for Yuen; a tradition for a lost kia’i or protector.

“For those people who, who know Nate like I do, we’re going to miss that guy. There were so many people here!”

Kumu Brad Lum, friend of Nate Yuen

“Everybody here, was here because they knew he would be here for us, you know,” Villanueva said. “Whatever it is that we had planned, everybody had to make a sacrifice to come up here because we know he would sacrifice for us.”

It is a reminder for even the most experienced hiker to stay prepared.

“Always have somebody, always make sure that you have contacts, make sure that if something happens to you, your phone is okay,” Lum said.

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“I love you. I love you, Nate. There’s no words,” Lum said.