Lost Hikers Safe After Kahakapao Trail Rescue

May 7, 2013, 6:18 AM HST · Updated May 7, 9:13 PM
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Piiholo photo by Wendy Osher.

Piʻiholo photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A visiting couple from Tuscon, Arizona were located in good health after they got lost on the Kahakapao Trail in Piʻiholo last night, officials said.

The 51-year-old man and 40-year-old woman called 911 for help at around 5:45 p.m. Monday, saying they became disoriented, according to authorities.

Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said attempts to locate the hikers by air were unsuccessful due to heavy cloud cover.

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According to Mainaga, crews from Engine 5 out of Makawao initiated a ground search, located the couple at around 8:20 p.m., and safely escorted them out of the area by 8:45 p.m.

Crews from Rescue 10 out of Kahului also assisted in the search, officials said.

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