HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
Visitor Killed by Falling Boulder
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A visitor hiking with three friends in the Lelekea Stream drainage in the Kipahulu area of the park was killed when he dislodged a boulder that rolled on top of him. The 25-year-old man was trapped underwater by a boulder that measured over four feet long by three feet wide. One friend was able to hold his head above water while he remained conscious and alert; the remaining two hikers went for help. When they returned, they were able to lever the boulder off with rock bars before emergency personnel arrived. NPS personnel and bystanders began CPR and transported him to a clear area where a Maui Fire Department helicopter was able to short haul him out. Ambulance personnel continued working on him, but he did not recover from his injury and died. The Lelekea drainage is approximately one mile east of the Alelele area where ranger Suzi Roberts was killed in September, 2004.
Name: Amy Brees, Incident Commander