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Teen hiker dies in South Kohala


A teenager died Thursday, Oct. 29 from injuries he sustained when he fell 80 to 90 feet down Mamaewa Gulch off of Kohala Mountain Road in South Kohala, police reported.

The victim was identified as Shea Walling of a Honokaa address.

Police determined Walling slipped while attempting to climb out of the gulch at about 10 a.m., falling to the bottom of a 120-foot dried up waterfall.

A 16-year-old male hiking companion also fell and sustained cracked ribs and several scrapes. He was listed later Thursday in serious condition. A third hiker, a 19-year-old man, was not injured.

Fire Rescue personnel extracted Walling and his two male companions from the gulch.

Walling was transported to Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:38 p.m.

Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death and have classified the incident as a coroner’s inquest.

Mamaewa Gulch is located at the 4 mile marker on Route 250.

16 Responses to “Teen hiker dies in South Kohala”

  1. PirateJoyce says:

    ♥ Shea ♥

  2. chantee says:

    i love yu shea!

  3. kim says:

    Shea;our hearts are broken. how will we live without you?
    love forever auntie kim

  4. jas says:

    Shea, I can’t believe it.
    I miss you buddy

  5. Odessa says:

    SHAE I love you and really miss you.

  6. Heidijnu says:

    Kelli and Jay,
    My heart aches for both of you! My thoughts and prayers!
    Love you guys!


  7. fariva says:

    Shea im so lucky i got to meet you. you left an imprint in my heart. R.I.P Angel. you will be missed a lot<33

  8. keoni Man says:

    wtf shea! after all that we’ve been through i just hate the fact that you fell down. was always you bro! go big or go home! i love you bro. forever! im getting a tatoo just for you bro! i dont give’n f if it looks like n f’n blob when im a hag but at least ill be able to say it means something not like all these g** a** tattooes now days i might just get a f***** dot cus idk what to do anymore. with you gone im so f***** lost. love you! miss you! hate you! F***! im making a rave in your name and its going to be tradition. i promise!!!!

  9. Toni Lindquist-Petrie says:

    Kellie my heart goes out to you and your family. I hope to GOD you find the strength to move forward. Try and take care of you sweetie.

  10. kulia says:

    i f****n miss shea. it wasnt meant to be much people are hurt and need your warmth.

  11. mokeala27 says:

    we love you shea!!!

  12. Logann; says:

    We love you buddy; miss chillin wit you in sku. It’s so hard for everone now that you’re gone.

    You’re always on our minds. We lovee && miss youu buddy;



  13. kawai says:

    shea! omg, i can’t believe this. it’s not the same without you! i miss you and LOVE you. skate with angels.

  14. Grandma Marlene says:

    Hi Shea, I just wanted you to know your Grandma loves you and OMG I miss you so much. Last Christmas 2008 your helped Grandpa Tom decorate the tree. I know you were here with us this Christmas helping us with the tree also. We need you our Darling Shea to Kiss and Hug on. Your will be always with me as I know your Angel Wings keep you close to all your loved one’s. I will close for now in saying to you as you always said to me Your Face My Face Grandma. I love you so much my Darling Grandson. You are the most awesome Grandson a Grandma could ever want. xoxoxo

  15. malia says:

    shea i just want you to know that i love you from the bottom of my heart and i always will. the bus is so quiet with out you now. but your love is all over the school and we all miss you. just writing this makes me cry, and to think of you, you passing, just kills me inside. well i love you shea. i hope to see you soon.
    xoxoxoxo malia

  16. bradarobswaipiovalley says:

    yo shea
    bra had some good times fo sho. we be seein you soon cuz. save me a riip. jah bless to da OHANA.. peace and love


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