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:
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.
Pua Disappeared From The Sairway To Heaven:
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.
Mystery Behind An Unknown 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.
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.