What happened to Daylenn Pua after climbing Hawaii’s infamous Stairway to Heaven?

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Daylenn “Moke” Pua, an 18-year-old hiker went missing the morning of February 27, 2015, after setting out to hike Haiku Stairs, one of Hawaii’s most dangerous trails. He was last seen boarding a bus in Waianae, Oahu.

Daylenn Pua came Waianae to visit his grandmom

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Daylenn Pua Disappeared from the Haiku Stairs, one of Hawaii’s most dangerous trails.

Daylenn Pua was visiting his grandmother in Waianae from the Big Island. According to his grandmom, Martha Bear, Pua was interested in hiking up Stairway to Heaven, a forbidden trail on the windward side of Oahu, however, she told her grandson that it was closed down, and authorities were not letting anybody climb that mountain. It was on the news.

Daylenn Pua disappeared from the ‘Sairway to Heaven’

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Hawaii’s Stairway To Heaven. The stairs sit atop a perilous ridge, with steep cliffs on either side.

On Friday morning of February 27, 2015, Pua left his grandmother’s home and boarded a bus from Waianae, Oahu to never return again.

Martha asserted all her grandson said was he was going hiking but she didn’t think he was really gonna go there, being that she already told him that place was closed, and if he would climb up there, he could get locked up.

Who is the Haiku stairs mystery man?

Honolulu police said Pua texted pictures of himself indicating he was on the trail of the Haiku Stairs at around 11:00 AM. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

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One of the pictures shared by Daylenn Pua showing an unrecognized man following him on the hiking trail.

The family of Daylenn Pua had extensively studied pictures he texted to them before disappearing while hiking. They found a man, barely visible in the background of one of Pua’s pictures. They theorized perhaps the mysterious man was following Pua.

An extensive search for Daylenn Pua

The search effort had been extended thus far, with the fire department, local volunteers, drone operators, and even the U.S. Navy searching for Pua from both land and air.

On Monday, two hikers reported hearing cries for help, extending the fire department’s search into Tuesday on March 3, 2015. Though that search was suspended on that afternoon, Hawaii News reported, Pua’s relatives and local volunteers continued to comb the mountains for any sign of him.

‘Search for Moke Pua’

A Facebook group called “Search for Moke Pua“ was created by Pua’s sister-in-law to connect and update those searching for the missing teen.

Present condition of the ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Though it has been closed to the public since 1987, Stairway to Heaven is a popular hike on Oahu. The fate of the trail has become a topic of debate after the stairs were damaged by heavy rains and powerful storms. Some say the stairs should be removed completely, while others argue they should be repaired and opened to the public.

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  1. What probably happened to Pua is he went up the trail but may have gone a different direction, as i’ve seen people say there are numerous trails, then he probably stumbled upon this guys Pakalolo patch. I would guess probably a big one too, probably worth hundreds of thousands of dollars- that would be the only reason to kill him and hide his body. Think about it a perfect place to grow, off limits to the public and you can clearly see this guy is wearing camo. He wasn’t just on some leisurely hike… the kid probably was hiking for his life why he didn’t say anything or maybe he did all thats been released is that he “texted” a picture around 11. Ok so he was posting to FB then is texting… after realizing he’s in trouble and the guy didn’t just happen behind him no the guy followed him after he found his patch. MJ was still very illegal to the Feds and also a huge cash crop. One good patch or several very good patches could set someone up very well and Hawaii is very expensive. I lived by this area back in 2006. I never went on the hike knowing ho dangerous it is. I would go if it is finally maintained and opened.That really is the only logical course of action. My Pakalolo theory is because I remember hearing about a huge grow operation being found by the hole in the mountain on Kauai, where I grew up. Anyway one day something might be found. If ever a substantial grow operation is discovered… I would search there for his body. May his amakua rest with the gods.

    1. Your theory sounds possible but didn’t they comb a huge area all around haiku stairs? They could’ve possibly found a pakalolo patch of a big size I would I think. All I know is there are bodies discovered by tantalus in 2016, 18, 19 with foul play suspected I know that’s a different area but I feel like it’s possible there could be a connection

    2. This doesn’t make sense, especially in this day in age of drones and being able to spot any and everything.

  2. Its a HUGE area. A whole mountain to be exact. And its all dense forest and thick tall grass it would be close to impossible for them to see his body laying in a pile of rubble on the ground if that’s what happen. He could have very easily just slipped and fell off one of those drop offs. Not the first and wont be the last.

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