Police have identified the Maui man who died Thursday night while hiking along the Kalalau Trail as 29-year-old Zachary Rose.
According to police, Rose was hiking with friends at approximately 7 p.m. near mile marker 7 of the trail, in an area known as Red Hill, when he fell over the edge and landed on the rocks roughly 50 feet below.
A fellow hiker climbed down the cliff in an attempt to assist Rose, but efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Coast Guard rescuers flew into the area last night and located the group. The man with Rose had suffered a leg injury and was flown to the Lihu‘e Airport. Medics met the injured hiker at the airport, but he declined medical treatment.
Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 took over recovery efforts at first light this morning. Rose's body was transported to Wilcox Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The remaining three hikers in Rose's party were also flown out of Kalalau this morning.
Life's Bridges, a grief counseling service, is assisting Rose's friends and family.
Kaua‘i police and personnel from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources also responded to the scene this morning.
Police continue their investigation of the incident, but at this time foul play is not a suspected factor in the cause of Rose's death. An autopsy is scheduled for next week.