Haena woman ID’d in Hanakapiai drowning

LIHUE — Kauai Police Department officials identified the woman who died while attempting to cross Hanakoa Stream on Friday as 19-year-old Haena resident Zoe Walker.

Walker and a 24-year-old male friend had camped in Kalalau Valley last week and were hiking out on Friday, when they attempted to cross Hanakoa Stream in Hanakapiai were both swept downstream.

The man was able to make it ashore and attempted unsuccessfully to locate Walker before hiking out of the valley to seek help.

County rescue crews began searching for the Walker on Friday night, but suspended their operations after nightfall fell. Walker was found the following day along the rocky base of the Hanakoa Stream on Saturday morning, when rescue crews, with assistance from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, resumed their search.

An autopsy conducted on Monday found that Walker had drowned. Prior to her death, Walker had been living on Kauai for the past several months.

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