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Family of male hiker missing in Wailuku speaks out

Officials continue to search around St. Anthony Cross trail

WAILUKU — The parents of Noah Mina, 35, spoke out Wednesday for the first time since their son was reported missing Monday after hiking in the area of Kapilau Ridge Trail in Wailuku.

Maui residents Vincent and Irene Mina thanked the local community for their concern and asked that the search be left to police and fire officials only.

Officials continued Wednesday to comb by air and by foot the areas surrounding the trail, also known as St. Anthony Cross, according to Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro.

“At this time we are working closely with law enforcement officials and search and rescue, and we are confident in the progress they are making,” Vincent and Irene Mina said via an email statement Wednesday afternoon. “We are currently blessed with a wealth of support, and although we are deeply appreciative of the generosity, we would like to ask the community to refrain from assisting with the search. No additional manpower is needed at this time, as the area being covered is both treacherous and dangerous.”

Noah Mina is described as a 35-year-old male; 5 feet 8 inches tall; 180 pounds, with black hair (currently shaved) and brown eyes. He was reported possibly missing on Monday, according to police Lt. Gregg Okamoto.

Police Assistant Chief Victor Ramos said that they are working on the case and searching for Mina.

“SRT (Special Response Team) has been deployed and CID (Criminal Investigation Division) resources have been used to look for him,” Ramos said during a Maui Police Commission meeting Wednesday. “We are continuing our investigation.”

After the meeting, Ramos confirmed that mental health issues are a factor in the case.

The family of Mina expressed gratitude for support and asked for continued thoughts and prayers.

“We would like to express our deepest mahalo for the outpouring of aloha shared by the community,” the Minas said.

“We thank you for your continued respect and aloha, and ask that you please keep Noah in your thoughts are prayers during this difficult time,” they added.

Officials said that the Mina case is unrelated to the missing person case of 35-year-old Amanda Eller, whom authorities and volunteers have been searching for in the Makawao Forest Reserve. She was last seen on May 8. That case also remains under investigation by police.

* Kehaulani Cerizo can be reached at kcerizo@mauinews.com.