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Backpacker trapped in the torrential rains in Hawaii survived by hiking 20 miles in sandals

( CNN) For a group of friends in Hawaii, this past weekend was supposed to be filled with fun, chuckles and a wedding engagement; instead they were left cold, wet and trekking through knee-deep mud to safety.

“It was a spectacular hike, ” said Lani Rupp, 24, of Honolulu. “The first two days was so beautiful and nice. The hollow attains you feel like you are in a fantasy world.”

Rupp and her group of over 20 friends met Wednesday for their weekend of backpacking, but by Friday evening their adventure took a turn for the worst.

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