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Missing Kauai hiker, 72, found in good condition

By Star-Advertiser & news services

LAST UPDATED: 01:38 a.m. HST, May 14, 2013

The 72-year-old Hanalei woman who was missing since going on a hike Saturday evening was found alive this morning, authorities say.

Kauai County spokewoman Sarah Blane says Pamela Wilcox Dohrman was found Monday and is walking out of Kokee State Park.

Search personnel found the Hanalei woman at about 11:30 a.m. off the Kaluapuhi Trail in "good condition, but dehydrated."

Rescuers plan to accompany her back to the trailhead.

Dohrman was reported missing Saturday after she didn't return from hiking. Family members told officials she left her Kokee cabin that afternoon.

More than three dozen search personnel, including Kauai Fire Department’s helicopter, were combing the area around Waininiua Trail, Berry Flats, Kumuwela Road, and Kumuwela Trail on Sunday and continued their search this morning.  Up to 60 volunteers, including her family, helped with the search.

The county planned to use a helicopter in Monday's search but wasn't able to because of inclement weather. Volunteers split up into groups and covered the trails on foot, and one team found her off the Kaluapuhi Trail at around 11:30 a.m.

The trail is described as one of the flattest trails on the island and as an easy hike. The trail is 2.5 miles roundtrip. It passes through a moist forest where several native forest birds can be found, according to the park's website. It was not clear which trail she set out to hike Saturday.

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Numilalocal wrote:
She's been found ALIVE!!!
on May 13,2013 | 12:23PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Just curious as to why someone would hike unprepared and in unfamiliar territory? 40 years ago we didn't have the convenience of a helicopter assigned to pull us out...
on May 13,2013 | 01:01PM
Skyler wrote:
It was reported (on other sites) that she was familiar with the trails. Guess we'll have to wait & see if they flesh out the story with more details later on.
on May 13,2013 | 01:20PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Maybe she was prepared and that's why she made it out.
on May 13,2013 | 01:28PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
As others have pointed out, Pam Dohrman was very familiar with the area and likely WAS prepared, which is why she was discovered safe after being missing 36 hours.

A lot of times, headstrong visitors take off unprepared into unknown conditions, this event was NOTHING like that.

on May 13,2013 | 05:58PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Wrong - you should never hike alone. (That is just one facet of being unprepared). After watching KHON it is now clear that this individual was reckless.
on May 13,2013 | 06:14PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
livinginhawaii wrote: "Wrong - you should never hike alone. (That is just one facet of being unprepared). After watching KHON it is now clear that this individual was reckless."

Give it a rest and find something else to be outraged about. She was prepared, knew how to survive, and told friends where she was going and when to expect her back.

Going for walk by yourself is one of the great joys in life.

on May 13,2013 | 06:32PM
olos73 wrote:
@Kalaheo1, I don't understand what you mean by "and told friends where she was going and when to expect her back." The last sentence in the story said, "It was not clear which trail she set out to hike Saturday." If her friends knew where she was going, she would not be lost and had to be rescued 2 days later. On KHON news, 3 young men who were picking maile, joined in the search and had to take turns carrying her on their backs to get her out after they found her. She was dehydrated, so, she was not prepared. No food, no water = not prepared.
on May 13,2013 | 06:54PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I think part of the problem is too many different and fragmented sources of information.

Facebook has some excellent updates from the county and the "hike Kauai with me" guy:

"According to a preliminary report, Dohrman took off on her normal hike through the Berry Flat Trail at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, but after taking a side trail she became lost in an area of thick fern vegetation. Dohrman stayed in that spot from Saturday night to keep from getting further disoriented or injured. She was wearing a light hooded jacket and had a cell phone but no cell reception. She also had a backpack of snacks and some water that she rationed over the past two days."

on May 13,2013 | 07:10PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Three dozen rescue personnel and 60 volunteers? Wow. Anyone of them could have gotten hurt. She got lost on a 2.5 mile trail? Flattest on Kauai? Okay, grandmA needs to be watched.
on May 13,2013 | 08:40PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Please go be hateful somewhere else.

60 people showed up early on a cold, rainy morning to help look for this sweet wonderful lady.

on May 13,2013 | 09:03PM
Anonymous wrote:
Since when does mere disagreement with YOU translate into being HATEFUL? That's quite a stretch.
on May 14,2013 | 03:01AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Kalaheo,another la de la , walk in paradise.
on May 13,2013 | 08:34PM
Skyler wrote:
Glad to hear she was found in good condition.
on May 13,2013 | 01:21PM
copperwire9 wrote:
on May 13,2013 | 02:01PM
allie wrote:
thank God!
on May 13,2013 | 02:35PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Another mainland transplant that thinks paradise is heaven and goes into the "la de da", rain forest, only to have numerous rescue personnel hunt for her, risk their lives, use all resources and wasting Taxpayers money. When all it takes is some grandchild saying " Grandma, no go into the mountains". She live Hanalei? Good go mortgage the house and pay the rescue fees. Duh,,,,,,
on May 13,2013 | 03:15PM
haolecrab wrote:
Mrs. Dohrman is not a mainland transplant: Local, Kauai raised, from the Wilcox family. She probably knows the Kauai trails better than most locals, I'm sure she would be able to pay any legitimate fees surrounding the search and rescue efforts. Glad to see she is alove and well!
on May 13,2013 | 03:29PM
cojef wrote:
The Wilcox name is well known family from the sugar plantation days, at the turn of the Century. Wilcox hospital was started by the Family. Most of the babies born on Kauai are at Wilcox. Me, I was born at home in Kapaa in 1925.
on May 13,2013 | 03:39PM
Snator wrote:
Jumping to conclusions again...no Haole's born & raised here, nope. Maybe if she was more 'local looking' then perhaps no comment, huh Nanakuli-BS?
on May 13,2013 | 03:50PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Local looking? She still put rescuers out in danger. No hating here, a fool is a fool. Remember when 3 Oahu first responders died, looking for a Mormon student in Sacred Falls! 72 year old unescorted is dumb. Wasn't it raining in Haena? What did you do for your mom on Mothers Day? We let her go for a walk on a dangerous trail.!
on May 13,2013 | 08:31PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Man, you are filled to the brim with anger and hate! Maybe you should go for a nice long walk.
on May 13,2013 | 09:07PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
3 young family men, died looking for a lost ,unprepared student hiking the trail at Sacred Falls. 3 young families impacted because their daddy wasn't coming home anymore. No hate here, but yes anger because of unresponsible people.
on May 13,2013 | 11:25PM
Anonymous wrote:
I remember the incident well. Happened probably in the '90s. As I recall, the chopper pilot from the HFD and 2 (HPD?) officers dangling from a basket looking for the lost hiker in inclement weather on the ridge overlooking Sacred Falls. It was very tragic. 3 families lost their loved ones searching for the lost hiker. Yes, it does happen. Maybe people would see things differently if it was THEIR loved ones who died looking for someone who could have planned better.
on May 14,2013 | 03:06AM
Fred01 wrote:
You are a parasite to these islands, NanakuliBoss. Get out you angry loser of a human.
on May 13,2013 | 04:20PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
No waste your time with the guy. Haters will always hate.
on May 13,2013 | 05:08PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Republicans are the parasites.
on May 13,2013 | 08:53PM
bodysurf_ah wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on May 14,2013 | 01:51AM
Fred01 wrote:
Oh my! A racist! I thought we didn't have racism in these islands?
on May 14,2013 | 02:43PM
Skyler wrote:
What a mean spirit you are... no aloha whatsoever.
on May 13,2013 | 05:51PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
NanakuliBoss wrote: "Another mainland transplant that thinks paradise is heaven and goes into the "la de da", rain forest, only to have numerous rescue personnel hunt for her, risk their lives, use all resources and wasting Taxpayers money. When all it takes is some grandchild saying " Grandma, no go into the mountains". She live Hanalei? "

Don't you ever get tired of being wrong!?

Pamela WILCOX Dohrman was born here and gives back more than any one person I know. She has worked both as an ER nurse AND on Wilcox's board of directors. She gives and gives and is the warmest, most wonderful person imaginable.

Please take your anger and your hate and your insults and direct them elsewhere.

Welcome home Aunty!!!!!!

on May 13,2013 | 06:02PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Oh come on. Transplant?
on May 13,2013 | 08:30PM
gobows wrote:
Did she fall?
on May 13,2013 | 03:56PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
It sounds like she might have slipped down a ravine.

Check KHON's report.

on May 13,2013 | 06:33PM
Numilalocal wrote:
Nope she did not fall. Just got disoriented. Hikers are well-advised to carry at least a whistle and be prepared to spend the night out there as it's really easy to get lost even in Hawaii!
on May 13,2013 | 06:37PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Again, I think we are getting fragmented versions of what happened. Here's a version of events from one of the guys on scene:

"A group of four local men, who made up the ninth search team, took off on Kaluapuhi Trail mid-morning and began calling for the woman. At roughly 11:30 a.m., and less than a mile from the trailhead, Dohrman answered their calls. According to rescue officials, Dohrman was located about a ¼-mile off of the Kaluapuhi Trail, in a densely vegetated area at the bottom of a roughly 100-foot cliff. The men took turns carrying the woman on their backs to bring her back up to the trail where they were met by rescuers, family and volunteers. From there, she was carried out on a backboard to the trailhead where awaiting Medics transported the woman to Kaua'i Veterans Memorial Hospital. While the woman’s current condition is unknown, rescue officials reported that despite being cold and dehydrated, Dohrman was coherent and in good spirits and health at the time she was located. "

on May 13,2013 | 08:30PM
Hawaiians wrote:
great kids that found her.
on May 13,2013 | 07:17PM
kuroiwaj wrote:
A very nice way to read about the older sister of Lihue Grammar School classmate from Kauai. Best to you and your family Pam.
on May 13,2013 | 08:10PM
Anonymous wrote:
Props to the young Kauai boys who found her. They took turns carrying piggybacked on their backs. At one point, they had to descend 100 feet to reach her. They are true heroes.
on May 14,2013 | 07:33AM
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