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German Visitor Lost on Crater Hike, Found in Kaupō, Maui

June 4, 2019, 10:51 AM HST
* Updated June 5, 7:56 AM
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Maui fire crews rescued a lone hiker in Kaupō overnight after she became disoriented and called for help. Fire officials say the hiker is a female visitor in her 20s from Germany.

Kaupō, file photo by Wendy Osher.

According to department reports, the woman had started her hike at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Haleakalā Crater.

Fire officials say that as darkness began to fall, the woman became disoriented and called 9-1-1 for help.

The woman reportedly stayed on a trail that leads out of the Kaupō Gap and Maui firefighters were called to the area at around 7:35 p.m. on Monday.

Maui Fire Services Chief, Rylan Yatsushiro said firefighters gathered information relayed by cell phone, signaling from the hiker’s flashlight, as well as GPS coordinates via central dispatch to locate her.

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Fire crews utilized a four wheel drive utility vehicle and ATV to gain access to the woman’s location, which was a “substantial distance above Piʻilani Highway.”  Fire officials say a Kaupō Ranch manager assisted crews by leading them up the rough trails in darkness to reach the hiker.

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The woman was brought down by fire personnel to Piʻilani Highway at approximately 1 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, where a friend was awaiting her arrival.

Fire officials say the woman required no medical attention.

Fire crews responding to the scene included: Engine 13 (Kula) and Rescue 10 out of Kahului.

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Maui Now compiled a list of precautions to take while hiking on Maui after recent lost hiker incidents that gained widespread media attention.

The Maui Fire Department previously published a list of precautions which are available at the following direct LINK.

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