MPD & NPS Seek Public’s Help in Kīpahulu Fatality

October 3, 2017, 10:03 AM HST · Updated October 3, 11:13 AM
Nikki Schenfeld · 9 Comments

The Maui Police Department and the National Park Service is seeking the public’s assistance with any information regarding the identity of a male individual recovered in the Kīpahulu area of Hāna last month.

Haleakala National Park, Kipahulu signage. Photo by Wendy Osher.

On Sept. 13, 2017, at approximately 1:20 p.m., rangers in the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park received a report of a fatality in the Palikea streambed.

The rescue team located the body of an adult male at approximately 2:30 p.m. and the victim was airlifted from the streambed at 3:30 p.m.

Checks of the area revealed no personal belongings.


Maui Police have described the adult-male as Caucasian, in his late 20s to early 40s and about 5-feet-10-inches tall.

If anyone has any information contact Detective/Sergeant Gordon Sagun at (808) 244-6434 (Monday through Friday) or call the Maui Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 244-6400 or e-mail

The public can also contact US Park Ranger Virginia Thiel at (808) 357-2162 or e-mail


Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Maui Crime Stoppers at (808) 242-6966.

Nikki Schenfeld
Nikki joined the Maui Now team in 2016 as a writer/reporter. Originally from Chicago, she has had internships with CBS2 Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she had the opportunity to interview some of Chicago's best athletes. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Maui in 2013.

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