East Hawaii News

Police Identify Lava Hiking Victim; Autopsy Pending

Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio... Article will play after ad...
Playing in :00

A man who died while hiking across the lava flow plain at the base of Kilauea volcano has been identified as 57-year-old Riccardo Scagliati of Victoria, British Columbia.

Police said Scagliati and a companion set out to view lava activity from the Kalapana area Tuesday morning and got lost during their return.

Scagliati became disoriented and overheated and fell to the ground, police said.

His 57-year-old hiking companion went for help and more water but was unable to find his way back to Scagliati’s location.

Fire personnel in Chopper 1, the fire department’s Hilo-based rescue helicopter, later found Scagliati’s body near the now lava-covered Kalapana Gardens subdivision.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday.


Sponsored Content

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay in-the-know with daily or weekly
headlines delivered straight to your inbox.


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments