MOANALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Family members and volunteers continue the intense search for a 17-year-old Big Island student who vanished during a solo hike on Oahu. Teams on the ground and in the air are still looking for clues along the vast Koolau range.
Daylenn “Moke” Pua disappeared while heading to the Haiku Stairs nine days ago. But relatives of the teen are not giving up.
The Pua family says they are overwhelmed by the amount of support and love the community has shown.
“It shows the Aloha Spirit at work and it truly reflects Hawaii and its people,” said Chris “Uncle Mana” Nazara.
The Navy and the Honolulu Fire Department have suspended their searches. So relatives and volunteers are now using private choppers and drones to help search for Pua.
Nazara says Saturday's hike was based off of a ping from Pua phone and some information that was gathered the day before.
“There was a ping from his phone, an outgoing transmission…that was a location. From that evidence of the ping, a flyover. Also by viewing, a camera located the possible movement of the individual and that's the evidence we're going off of now," Nazara said.
Nazara says Saturday's goal was to confirm that information. At sundown, the search party returned from the mountain with no sign of Pua.
Three members of the Maui Search and Rescue team, along with a certified search and rescue dog, have landed on Oahu to help find Pua. The Pua family says this is the first time an actual search dog will be used.
The family is asking for whistles, flashlights, raincoats and/or two-way radios to use while they search. Donations can be made at Moanalua Valley Neighborhood Park.