The family of a Hawaiian hiker who was found dead 300 feet below the fall line in the West Maui Mountains has paid tribute to their & # 39; sunshine & # 39 ;.
The body of Noah & # 39; Kekai & # 39; Mina was discovered yesterday by a crew of rescuers, nine days after he was reported missing on Monday, May 20.
The 35-year-old left at 8 am & # 39; at night to & # 39; brightness search & # 39; in the Kapilau Ridge Trail, known as Saint Anthony Cross, in the Iao Valley.
The family of Noah & # 39; Kekai & # 39; Mina happily introduced herself, because they describe him as their & # 39; sunshine & # 39;
The family thanked the public for their support and requested that loved ones take a moment to hold those dear to you for a moment longer than you would normally do & # 39;
In a statement on GoFundMe, his father Vincent, mother Irene and sister Kahanulani described their beloved family member as their & # 39; sunshine & # 39 ;.
They told & # 39; comfort & # 39; that he was found before they asked loved ones & # 39; pause for a moment & # 39 ;, & # 39; take a moment to love & # 39; and hold those loved ones & # 39; a moment longer than you would normally do & # 39 ;.
The statement was: & # 39; We are very sorry that Kekai passed from this realm, he meant the world to us as a son, brother, and friend.
& # 39; We are so fortunate that we have had the time physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
& # 39; Those who know Kekai understand what we are talking about. He made a profound difference in the lives of us and many others. He is our sunshine. & # 39;
They thanked everyone for their support and prayers before they & # 39; Mahalo nui loa pumehana for everyone & # 39; signed, & # 39; Hawaiian for & # 39; Thank you very much. & # 39;
Noah & # 39; Kekai & # 39; Mina, 35, was tragically found dead, about 300ft below a fall line in the top Mauna Kahalawai region, in the West Maui Mountains in Hawaii on Wednesday, his family said.
His family says that he visited the Kapilau Ridge Trail (marked in red), also known as Saint Anthony Cross, in the Iao Valley to make ends meet & # 39; in nature around 8 o'clock when he disappeared
Since Noah & # 39; s disappearance on Monday, May 20, land and air rescue investigations have taken place during a desperate hunt to find the walker
Land and air investigations began after the alarm rang on Wednesday, May 22, two days after Mina's disappearance.
Mina was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, 180 pounds, with shaved black hair and brown eyes.
After the police ended the operations on Saturday, the family continued to hire private infrared helicopters to search the jungle for signs of him.
More than $ 60,000 has been raised on the GoFundMe page to finance these rescue efforts.
At the time of the disappearance, father Vincent Mina described his son as a gentle, loving, humble soul with a strong Hawaiian heart and will.
& # 39; We ask that you make decisions and only offer the love and respect he deserves when taking a less frequently traveled path, many of those who would never think about it, & # 39; he said.
Father Vincent with one of the helicopters used to search for this son, used the infrared to estimate the jungle for heat emissions from animals or humans
Part of the search team, who were looking for Noah. His father Vincent was pictured on the far left.
The laughing family is holding each other tightly, in photos & # 39; s shared online in a video of Noah's sister Kahanulani
& # 39; We ask that you cover him this evening with a blanket of angels and bring him back safely. & # 39;
Mina knew the area he was walking and was described as & # 39; extremely physically fit and is an avid adventurer & # 39; on the Bring Kekai Home page, Set-up to help with his rescue.
It said: & # 39; His love of nature and the aina will keep him until he is found. & # 39;
After the discovery of Mina's body, his family praised the efforts of rescue teams and their loved ones.
They wrote: & We want to thank everyone from the depths of our heart and souls who have been here to support us while we prayed to bring him home.
& # 39; We appreciate you and can't thank you enough. & # 39;
Walker Amanda Eller, a yoga instructor, was discovered on Saturday by rescue workers after 17 days missing in the Maui wilderness.
The team that luckily found Eller also helped with the search for Mina.
Noah was an experienced hiker and knew the area where, according to his family, he was traveling
Known as an extremely fit and & # 39; avid adventurer & # 39 ;, the body of Noah was discovered on Wednesday, May 29
Noah will be remembered for his love of nature and animals, as well as his keen sense of adventure, the family said
A police investigation into Mina ended on Saturday, causing the family to launch their own business and set up a GoFundMe page to fund helicopter investigations. He was found at the bottom of a fall on Wednesday
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