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Hiker slips, falls 500 feet off East Oahu trail

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    A hiker fell 500 feet to her death Friday from the Makapuu Tomtom trail near an area called "The Puka."
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    A hiker fell 500 feet to her death Friday from the Makapuu Tomtom trail near an area called "The Puka."
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    A medical examiner speaks to police about a hiker who fell to her death Friday from the Makapuu Tomtom trail.
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A 27-year-old local woman who died while hiking Friday slipped and fell about 500 feet near a place called The Puka, one of the most popular spots for photos along the Maka­puu Tom-Tom Trail, according to police.

The woman was hiking with a 29-year-old man when she fell, fire Capt. David Jen­kins said. Her body was found 500 feet below The Puka.

The Honolulu Fire De-partment was called at 12:44 p.m., and fire personnel found the woman unconscious and not breathing, he said. She was airlifted by helicopter to a landing zone near Sea Life Park where Hono­lulu Emergency Medical Services technicians declared her dead.

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