Update: Man who died after falling from Olomana trail identified

Published: Apr. 24, 2011 at 8:49 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 25, 2011 at 6:59 PM HST
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Shane Metcalf
Shane Metcalf
From Ryan Suenaga's Facebook page.
From Ryan Suenaga's Facebook page.

MAUNAWILI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man hiking with a group died after he apparently fell off a tricky trail in Windward Oahu. The hiker, Ryan Suenaga of Kaneohe, was in his 40s and very active in social networking.

According to officials, seven people were hiking on the Olomana Trail when authorities received a call shortly before 11:30 a.m. Sunday about a possible injured hiker.

The group managed to find that person alive, some 30 feet off the side of the trail, but then lost a second member of the group.

A Honolulu Fire Department helicopter spotted a man's body a few hours later, about 150 feet off the side of the trail. Rescuers airlifted the man to Maunawili Neighborhood Park, where he was transferred to paramedics, who pronounced him dead.

"Easter is a big family day and it's never a good situation that we have to perform this kind of mission," said Honolulu Fire Capt. Gary Lum.

"No one had seen him, no one had seen him," said witness Shane Metcalf, a hiker. "And it took a while, 20 minutes or so, just going back and forth looking for this guy. Next thing I know there was a helicopter going by, so at some point someone must've made a call."

"There's a lot of topography up there," Metcalf added, "there are a lot of high rocks and a lot of low spaces. There were a lot of people on the high spaces so it looks like he could've gotten lost in a low space."

"I think that it all boils down to when you go on a hike, you have to aware of your limitations, stay on the trail," Capt. Lum said. "Use good footwear, a communication device, take water with you, food if you are going to be up there for a really long time. Always hike with a buddy at least. And if you are ever in doubt, be sure to call 911."

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