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Hiker rescued in Maalaea

A 24-year-old hiker was rescued early Sunday morning above the Kaheawa wind farm hours after being reported missing by his hiking partner.

At about 6:50 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were called to the area above the Kaheawa wind farm in Maalaea, according to Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro. The caller, who was still on the trail, had stopped to rest while his hiking partner continued up the trail. The two split up at about 2 p.m. Saturday, and the caller sat on the trail to wait for his partner. After waiting a few hours for his partner to return, the caller phoned 911.

Because of the darkness, the Fire Department could not use its Air One helicopter, Yatsushiro said. First responders used ATVs to drive up the steep utility road, then set out on foot to meet up with the caller. They gathered information from the caller before hiking up the very steep terrain in darkness until it was unsafe to continue. The search was suspended until first light Sunday morning.

On Sunday morning, Rescue 10 personnel aboard Air One were able to locate the hiker on the trail and extracted him to safety. He was in good condition and did not need medical attention.