Alan Fujise, right, daughter Melanie, center, and son Logan return after searching on foot yesterday for Alan's brother-in-law, George Morishima, on the trail at Jack Ass Ginger.

Search continues
for missing hiker

Star-Bulletin staff

Firefighters resumed their search this morning for 78-year-old George Morishima who has been missing since Sunday.

One of his sons found Morishima's mesh bag in a bamboo forest yesterday morning, but searchers turned up nothing more in their quest for the missing hiker.

Morishima set off from his Aiea home Sunday afternoon to gather bamboo shoots and left his car near Jackass Ginger Pool on Nuuanu Pali Drive.

More than 60 people searched yesterday along Judd Trail. The search included family members, firefighters, police officers, search dogs and a Fire Department helicopter.

The Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club mobilized more than 20 experienced hikers with walkie-talkies, and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources sent out a team.

A smaller group planned to head out again this morning on Judd Trail to "double-check a couple of areas," said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada.

The department discourages people from trying to find Morishima on their own "because they might become another incident," said fire Capt. Richard Soo.

Morishima left with only the clothes he was wearing, his machete and a bag to hold bamboo shoots and tree fungus, Soo said. Family members said he had suffered a mild stroke and some short-term memory loss last year.

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