Maui Police Investigating Suspicious Male in Olinda Forest
* Updated March 18, 9:44 AM
The Maui Police Department is currently investigating a complaint of a suspicious male seen in the Olinda Forest area of the Waihou Spring Trail in Makawao.
The incident occurred during daylight hours on Thursday, March 4, 2021, and involved a male watching and/or following lone female hikers in this popular hiking area, according to a department spokesperson. The male was described as “wearing a black ski mask, camouflage hoodie, camouflage pants, and black gloves.”
Police received a tip from a concerned citizen who had also observed a suspicious male in camouflage clothing in the area of the Pine Forest Trail in Makawao a couple of weeks before the Waihou Spring Trail incident. The male was described as approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall, and weighed approximately 200 pounds.
It is unknown if the male in each incident is the same person.
Anyone with credible information is asked to call the Maui Crime Stoppers at (808)242-6966.
The Maui Police Department advises the public not to hike alone; to have access to a cellular telephone, and always be aware of their surroundings. If you see something suspicious, please call the Maui Police Department at (808)244-6400 or 911, in an emergency.
Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the Maui Crime Stoppers at (808) 242-6966. Callers to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and are issued a code number. Maui Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards in the sum of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people responsible for felony crimes; the recovery of stolen property or seizure of illegal drugs in felony cases, or the capture of felony fugitives.
The Maui Police Department advises the public to consider all wanted person(s) as dangerous. “Do not approach, follow or take other action that could put one in danger,” police said in a press release.