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He Disappeared On A Hike, But A Bizarre Picture May Reveal His Whereabouts

AUGUST 6, 2015  —  By Tim Unkenholz  
Tim Unkenholz

Tim Unkenholz

Writer and stand up comedian in NY. Check out my monthly comedy show Roomie Raiders at the Creek and The Cave! @timunken

Ominously nicknamed the "Stairway to Heaven," the Haiku Stairs on the island of O'ahu, Hawaii, provide climbers with some serious thrills. Though technically closed to the public, many hikers have found ways to sneak past the guards and trek up all 3,922 steps.

But this proved to be perilous for one young adventurer named Daylenn "Moke" Pua, who left on the morning of February 27, and was never heard from again. Even after months, investigators are no closer to finding the lost hiker, but one mysterious photo may provide a clue.

The Haiku Stairs were originally built in 1942 on O'ahu by the U.S. Navy, and they sit atop the Ko'olau mountain range. The structure leads to a radio tower designed to broadcast across the entire Pacific.

The base was decommissioned in the '50s, and since then, guards have blocked the entrance at all times...though this hardly deters hikers.

One such hiker was 18-year-old Moke Pua, who was visiting from the Big Island.

The last time his family saw him was while he was boarding a bus to the mountains. He then corresponded through social media, until he suddenly stopped on February 27.

Shortly after his disappearance, this photo began circulating the Internet.

It's one of the last pictures Moke shared before his disappearance. It appears to be a shot of O'ahu's dense forest, but if you look more closely, you can see something strange lurking just below the trees.

Do you see it?

Many believe that this is the image of a man who was following Moke Pua.

Could he have been the cause of the teen's disappearance?

It's entirely possible that that there was no ill-willed man traversing the forests of O'ahu, and that the hiker merely fell off either side of the Haiku Stairs. In any case, it's likely that what happened to Moke Pua will remain a mystery.