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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.


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.


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.


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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