17-year-old hiker found dead at Kapena Falls in Nuuanu

17-year-old hiker found dead at Kapena Falls in Nuuanu 6PM Update
Kapena Falls
Kapena Falls

NUUANU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update]

Friends have identified the victim as 17-year-old Leighton Mow, a Moanalua High School senior who played on the school's baseball team.

[Original story]

The Moanalua High School community is grieving the loss of one of its students. A 17-year-old student died this afternoon at Kapena Falls in Nuuanu off the Pali Highway.

The boy was in a group of between 7-10 other students. They had arrived at the Falls just before 10 a.m. Witnesses said the victim said he was going to find a restroom. About an hour later the group became concerned when there was no sign of him. They called parents, then Police and Firefighters.

After 3 p.m., divers found the body at the bottom of the pond.

"It's very tragic. It's the beginning of his life and to lose his life in this manner is tragic," said Battalion Chief John Bowers, Honolulu Fire Department. "In talking with witnesses they don't know if he slipped and fell or jumped back in the water or what."

Kapena Falls is a popular spot to swim and picnic. The pond is typically deep and people often jump in from the rocks above.

Firefighters do not believe alcohol or any substances were involved.

An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.

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