Mother of Olomana hiker shares heartbreak over her son's deathUPDATED 7:41 PM HST Jan 11, 2014Video Transcript
Family members today identified the firefighter who died while hiking Olomana Trail yesterday afternoon. They say he was Moanalua Valley man 28-year-old Mitch Kai. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa spoke to his devastated mother in tonights top story. 27 HE WAS A KIND GOOD HEARTED PERSON HE WOULD HELP PEOPLE THAT'S WHAT HE WOULD ENJOY DOING 35 28-year-old Mitch Kai was Geri Kai's ... only child...he was a fire fighter stationed in Kalihi for the Honolulu Fire Department for more than two years... His mom and Auntie says he worked hard to get there. He loved anything with the outdoors. --from hiking to surfing.... He told his mom Friday that he was going for a hike.. 103 THE WEATHER HOW ITS BEEN ONE SIDE OF THE ISLAND IS RAINY THE OTHER SIDE IS NOT FIGURED HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING NEVER IMAGINED 117 NATS helicopter But, the unimaginable happened... He fell on the Olomana Trail just before 12:30 Friday afternoon. The Honolulu Fire Department said it was between the second and third peaks at one of the most difficult parts of the trail. Investigators say it was raining on and off that day and it MAY be why he fell. DC tape 1606 WHEN HE CLIMBED UP THE ROAD HE SLIPPED THE ROPE SLIPPED THROUGH HIS HAND BECAUSE I GUESS IT WAS RAINING AT THE TIME 1610 And then he fell 50 feet.. he later died from his injuries. HFD Rescue crews air-lifted him out to Maunawili Valley Park ...not knowing at the time he was one of their own. 38 IT BECAME A PASSION WITH HIM THE COMMRADERIE THE FELLOWSHIP WITH THE GUYS THE SINCERITY 245 His friend, a girl in her 20s who was with him ...and two males who were hiking behind them were also flown down. DC tape 1525 OTHER HIKERS ARE NOT INJURED.. PYSCHOLOGIC AL IF ANYTHING BECAUSE THEY WERE RIGHT THERE ONE PROBABLY SAW HIM FALL AND THE OTHER TWO HEARD 37 323 HE WAS JUST A GOOD PERSON AND FOR ALL THE FAMILIES OUT THERE CHERISH YOUR CHILDREN CHERISH EVERY MOMENT. 329 The fire department says on --the same day ... Friday...two males and one female had to be saved on the Moana-lua Valley Trail ...due to weather. The HFD says if you start hiking and it begins to rain it's a good idea to stop and not continue on the hike.