Polulu Information Update for February 15th, 2021

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) continues to search for a missing 26-year-old Kailua-Kona man in Polulu Valley Monday morning (February 15th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) continue to search for a missing hiker, a 26-year-old Kailua-Kona man in the valley section of Hawaii Island Monday, February 15th.

The initial call to HFD came in at 1:30 pm Saturday afternoon (February 13th) and HFD crews from the Kailua (Rescue Company 7) and Waiākea (Rescue Company 2) Fire Stations along with Chopper 1, HPD Officers from the North Kohala and Kona Patrols, and DLNR - DOCARE Officers involved in the search for the missing hiker.

Preliminary details received by HFD is that reports came in of a missing male party, 26-year-old Joshua Toney of Kailua-Kona address, who was last seen by his parents leaving their residence stating he would be going on a hike in Polulu Valley in North Kohala. After no contact was made by him, his parents further investigated and found his moped unattended at the Polulu Valley Lookout parking lot, and a call to HFD and HPD was immediately made.

HFD and DLNR Rescue Crews have focused their efforts along the length of the Awini Trail, which encompasses the valleys of Polulu, Honokane Iki, and Honokane Nui, and the Awini Cabin at the top of the trail. However, they had later expanded their search to include Waimanu and Waipio Valley on Sunday, February 14th.

Due to rough terrain in many areas around the trail, HFD crews utilizing Chopper 1 to conduct an aerial search of remote/inaccessible areas by ground crews.

Since the start of search operations, HFD crews had come up with negative findings on both Saturday and Sunday.

HPD says Toney is described as a Caucasian male, 5’-10” tall, weighing 175 pounds, with long curly brownish blonde hair, and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a denim jacket, no t-shirt, and black shorts. He has a tattoo on his forearm with the saying, “not all those who wander are lost” with a compass and an anchor.

Police are asking anyone with information on Toney’s whereabouts to contact Kona Patrol Officer Joshua Stender at the Kona police station at (808) 326-4646 or the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

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