UPDATE 8:37 p.m. 5.22.19: The search on Wednesday for Noah Mina has been called off due to darkness. Maui Police Lt. Gregg Okamoto said crews “will reassess tomorrow morning.”
PREVIOUS POST: The family of a missing Maui man, Noah Mina, issued a statement this afternoon, asking for the public to refrain from the search because of “treacherous and dangerous conditions.”
Mina was reported as “possibly missing” on Monday , according to Maui police. A base camp is currently set up near the ʻĪao Water Treatment facility along West Alu Road where the unmarked Kapilau trailhead begins.
Mina is described as 5’8″ tall, 180 pounds, with black hair (currently shaved) and brown eyes.
“We would like to express our deepest mahalo for the outpouring of aloha shared by the community. 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,” family members said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.
The family thanked the public for their generosity and support saying, “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.”
“We thank you for your continued respect and aloha, and ask that you please keep Noah in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” family members said.