connectVideoLost Hawaiian walker: I am grateful for every breath, I’m grateful for everything
Amanda Eller speaks with the press after a stay of 17 days lost in a forest on Maui.
Volunteers in Hawaii are looking for a 35-year-old Maui man days after they rescued a missing hiker who survived for more than two weeks in a forest on the island before she was found.
Noah “Kekai” Mina was last seen on May 20, according to a Go Fund Me page created to help fund the search effort, including helicopters.
(Go Fund Me)
Mina is probably in the vicinity of the Kapilau Ridge, also known as “the cross walk,” in Wailuku, according to the fundraising campaign. The area is reported to be approximately 19 km from where the yoga instructor Amanda Eller was found on Friday.
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“There is [sic] his new tracks found by the ridges, and we are convinced that our loving Kane, there is need of assistance to come back,” the Go Fund Me page says.
The men who are coordinating the search for Eller have joined the search for Mina, according to Hawaii News Now. She reportedly met with Mina’s family for the start of their search in the West Maui Mountains.
One of the men, Javier Cantellops, wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that two helicopters equipped with infrared lights were out in search of Mina. The search then switched to operations on the ground, the post said.
Mina’s father said the workers discovered his son the slippers at about 2,500 meters altitude, but the first reactions which were in the area where he was last seen were not able to find him, Hawaii News Now reported.
Maui Search and Rescue is sending their K-9 team to assist with the search effort, according to a Facebook page called “Bring Kekai House.”
If Eller, 35, spoke with reporters on Tuesday about her shocking experience, she openly prayed for Mina.
“I ask, with all these hearts of these wonderful people behind this prayer today that we get to Noah,” Eller said aloud in prayer during the press conference.
She added, “I send all my love and my support to his family and his friends and search teams and I ask that this be taken more seriously than my search.”
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“This is an opportunity for us to really see. We trained by my experience and now we show for Noah,” Eller said.
Amanda Eller, second from left, is buried on 24 May, 16 days after she disappeared.
(Troy Jeffrey Helmer via AP)
Eller was found injured, but alive, in the Makawao Forest Reserve on Friday after a search of the area that drew hundreds of volunteers. She was last seen on surveillance video on May 8, as they are to the left of the Haiku post office; her car was discovered in Makawao Forest Reserve later in the day. Eller told reporters Tuesday that she was planning on taking a short term in the forest, as they had previously done, leaving her mobile phone behind. They took a short break to meditate and when she tried to return to her car, she was disoriented. They finished with a total of 17 days alone in the woods before she was found.
On her third day lost, Eller said she fell 20 metres from a cliff, breaking her leg and tearing the meniscus in her knee. She also suffered burns on her legs from exposure to the sun. Eller, who spoke to reporters, sitting in a wheelchair, said she will use crutches for the next four weeks. Doctors expect Eller will make a full recovery.
Eller said she knows Mina “secondary”, because she’s going to the same studio as his sister. She said: “I can’t his boots on the ground now,” she is injured, but she said that she will pray for him.
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“I can’t imagine what his father and his mother and his sister are going through right now,” Eller said.
“My heart really goes out to his family and my heart really reaches out to him,” she added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.