27 Year Woman Slips And Falls 500 feet To Her Death At Popular Hawaii Beauty Spot

Darlene Feliciano
A 27-year-old woman fell 500 feet to her death while hiking an off-limits trail famed for its breath-taking vistas in Oahu, Hawaii, Friday.

Darlene Feliciano, a manager at a Honolulu Walmart, was out on the Makapuu 'Tom-Tom' trail overlooking Sea Life Park along Kalanianaole Highway with a male friend when she slipped and fell.

Firefighters received a distress call at around 12.45pm Friday. About 40 minutes later, first responders discovered Feliciano unresponsive about 500 feet below a hole in the trail known locally as The Puka - a popular spot among photographers.

Nature lover: Darlene Feliciano, 27, passed away from her injuries Friday after she plummeted from a hiking trail in Oahu, Hawaii 

Nature lover: Darlene Feliciano, 27, passed away from her injuries Friday after she plummeted from a hiking trail in Oahu, Hawaii 

The 27-year-old worked as a manager at a Honolulu Walmart
In her spare time, she enjoyed going on hikes in Hawaii's great outdoors

Adventurous: The 27-year-old (left and right) worked as a manager at a Honolulu Walmart. In her spare time, she enjoyed going on hikes in Hawaii's great outdoors

Treacherous terrain: Feliciano was out on the Makapuu 'Tom-Tom' trail overlooking Sea Life Park along Kalanianaole Highway Friday afternoon when she slipped and fell 

Treacherous terrain: Feliciano was out on the Makapuu 'Tom-Tom' trail overlooking Sea Life Park along Kalanianaole Highway Friday afternoon when she slipped and fell 

Picturesque: Feliciano was found unresponsive about 500 feet below a hole in the trail known locally as The Puka (pictured)

Picturesque: Feliciano was found unresponsive about 500 feet below a hole in the trail known locally as The Puka (pictured)

The unconscious woman was airlifted from the area but was pronounced dead just after 2pm.

Her 29-year-old companion had to be rescued from the trail but did not suffer any injuries.

Miss Feliciano’s friends and co-workers at the Keeaumoku Street Walmart, where she worked as a zone merchandise supervisor, said she was a dedicated employee who loved going on hikes in her free time, reported Hawaii News Now.

Walmart pharmacy employee Chad Galario tells The Honolulu Star-Advertiser employees learned of Feliciano's death Friday and there were ‘a lot of tears and a lot of silence.’

Tragic loss: The unconscious woman was airlifted from the area but was pronounced dead

Tragic loss: The unconscious woman was airlifted from the area but was pronounced dead

Hard worker: Feliciano's co-workers at Walmart remembered her as a dedicated store employee  

Hard worker: Feliciano's co-workers at Walmart remembered her as a dedicated store employee  

Friends and family have been leaving flowers and balloons at a makeshift memorial dedicated to the vivacious nature lover.

Meanwhile, Feliciano’s loved ones have launched a GoFundMe campaign hoping to raise $5,000 to help cover her final expenses.

The 27-year-old woman, a 2005 graduate of McKinley High School, is survived by her brother, Darryl.

Heartbroken: Feliciano is survived by her beloved brother, Darryl (left)

Heartbroken: Feliciano is survived by her beloved brother, Darryl (left)

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