Elderly Women Unaccounted for After Pahala Structure Fire

One person was injured and one person is missing following a Structure Fire in Pahala on Saturday, June 13 around 1:30 p.m.

Fire and police units responded to a two story structure fire at 96-1150 Kamani Street for a report of a building fire. Upon arrival the downstairs kitchen, carport and SUV were fully on fire and encroaching the downstairs of the main residence.  

One male self extricated and another elderly female unaccounted for. Fire crews took an offensive attack to make entry to the possible location of the missing party. 

Due to the size of the and intensity of the fire aided by high winds and large fuel load in the residence fire crews were forced to transition to a defensive attack which enabled them to contain the fire and damage to the single home. Damage was estimated at $375,000 and the cause of the fire is still under investigation with one resident unaccounted for.

Coast Guard, Hawaii County Fire Department Searching for Missing Fisher off Hawaii Island

The Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department are searching for a missing fisher two and a half miles northeast of Punaluu Beach on Hawaii Island, Saturday.

An Air Station Barber Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew searches the coast of Hawaii Island during a search and rescue case, June 13, 2020. The crew was looking for a fisher who went missing while on a camping trip with his friends two and a half miles northeast of Punaluu Beach. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jack Sauve/released)

“We are currently searching for Mark Lowery, 47 years-old, who was camping with friends and last seen at 10 p.m., Friday, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt, tan shorts, and a headlamp,” said Mark Zienkiewicz, a Sector Honolulu watchstander. “We request waterway users transiting the area to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress. Anyone with information that might aid us, please call 808-842-2600.”

Hawaii County Fire Department Air 1 helicopter and ground crews are conducting searches of the area and nearby coastline. An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-130 Hercules aircrews are searching the surrounding waters. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Hart (WPC 1134) is scheduled to assist.

An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew refuels during a search and rescue mission in Hilo, Hawaii, June 13, 2020. The aircrew was searching for a fisher who went missing two and a half miles northeast of Punaluu Beach. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jack Sauve/Released)

At 6:53 a.m., Saturday, the Hawaii County Fire Department contacted Sector Honolulu watchstanders to report the situation.

Lowery was on a camping trip with seven friends. When they went to bed for the night, Lowery reportedly stayed up to go fishing. At 5 a.m., Saturday morning, the friends woke up and realized Lowery was missing.

His backpack, as well as several fishing rods, were also gone. The friends contacted the Hawaii County Fire Department, who deployed the helicopter and ground crews to search the area.

An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew drops off a fresh MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew at Hilo, Hawaii, while responding to a search and rescue case for a missing fisher, June 13, 2020. The Hercules crew also participated in the case, conducting shoreline searches along Hawaii Island. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jack Sauve/Release)

Upon notification, Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broad-cast notice to mariners and deployed the Dolphin helicopter and Hercules crews to assist.

The weather on scene is winds of 17 mph and seas up to seven feet.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Free Diver

The Coast Guard suspended their active search off Hawaii Island for Malcolm Davis, 20-years-old, Thursday evening.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Malcolm’s family and anyone affected by this tragedy,” said Cmdr. Ben Gates, Sector Honolulu Deputy Commander. “Working with the Hawaii County Fire Department, Navy, and Maui Fire Department our crews conducted 23 searches covering 1,101 square miles with no sign of Malcolm. While it is not an easy decision, we suspended the active search after sunset tonight pending any further new information.”

Davis was last seen Tuesday morning wearing white board shorts with black fins off Mahukona.

Involved in the search were:

– Hawaii County Fire Department Jet ski operators

– A Hawaii County Fire Department Rescue Boat crew

– Two Hawaii County Fire Department Helicopter crews

– Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrews

– Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews

– The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124)

– Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter crew

– Maui Fire Department crews

At 11:33 a.m., Tuesday, Sector Honolulu Command Center received a report from the Hawaii Fire Department dispatch notifying them of the situation.

Upon notification, Sector Honolulu issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners and deployed the Coast Guard assets to search the area. Over the following days, both Navy and Maui Fire Department crews joined the Coast Guard and Hawaii Fire Department crews in the search.

The weather on scene Tuesday was light and variable trade winds and seas up to four feet.

Coast Guard & HFD Searching for Missing Free Diver

The Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department are searching for a missing 20-year-old male free diver off Mahukona, Tuesday.

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“We are currently looking for Malcolm Davis, last seen wearing white board shorts and black fins,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Austin Shaw, a Sector Honolulu watchstander. “He is reportedly a good swimmer. We request waterway users in the area keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress and report any information to us at 808-842-2600.”

Currently involved in the search:

– Hawaii County Fire Department Jet ski operators
– A Hawaii County Fire Department Rescue Boat Crew
– Two Hawaii County Fire Department Helicopter crews
– An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew
– An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
– The Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) (Enroute)

At 11:33 a.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from the Hawaii Fire Department dispatch notifying them of the situation. 

Earlier Tuesday morning, Davis was spearfishing with seven friends when they became separated. After they were unable to find Davis, the friends returned to their car, drove inland, and tried to find cell service to report the situation. They were able to contact the Hawaii County Fire Department, they dispatched first responders, and reached Sector Honolulu.

Upon notification, Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners and deployed the Coast Guard assets to search the area. The Coast Guard crews intend to continue searching throughout the night.

The reported weather on scene at Davis’s last know position is light and variable trade winds and seas up to four feet.

HPD Searching for Missing Girl

Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile female who was reported missing.

Aidyn Grace Makana Cruse

15-year-old Aidyn Grace Makana Cruse was last seen in the Hilo area on May 23 at approximately 2:30 a.m.  

She is described as being 5-feet-7-inches, 147 pounds, having a fair complexion, with shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes.  She wears prescription glasses and has braces.  

She was last seen wearing a light blue long-sleeved T-shirt with the word “obey” on it and red roses on the sleeves, black athletic shorts, and black slip-on sandals.

Police ask anyone who may have information about the whereabouts of Cruse to call contact Officer James Steffen of the Area I Juvenile Aid Section at (808) 961-8810, via email at james.steffen@hawaiicounty.gov or the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Police Searching for Missing Hilo Man

Hawaiʻi Island Police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating a 29-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing.

Aphill Manaky, also known as Jack Kirachy, was reported missing on Hawai’i Island in August 2019. However, he had contact with the Honolulu Police Department in December 2019.

Manaky is described as being 5-feet-8-inches, about 200 pounds, dark complexion, brown hair, and brown eyes.

Manaky is believed to have no permanent address and maybe residing on Oahu or Hawaiʻi Island.

Police ask that anyone who may have any information about the whereabouts of Manaky to call Detective Frank Mohica at (808) 961-2375 or Frank.Mohica@hawaiicounty.gov or the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

HPD Seeking Missing Juvenile Male

Hawaiʻ Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile male who was reported missing.

Renny Kekoa O’Kalama Kaholo-Hiapo

15-year-old Renny Kekoa O’Kalama Kaholo-Hiapo was last seen in the Mt. View area on May 13 at approximately 11:25 a.m.

He is described as being 5-feet-8-inches, 125 pounds, having a medium complexion, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the Eden Roc subdivision in Puna.

Police ask anyone who may have information about the whereabouts of Kaholo-Hiapo to call contact Officer James Steffen of Area I Juvenile Aid Section at (808) 961-8810, via email at james.steffen@hawaiicounty.gov or the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

HPD Searching for Missing Juvenile Female

Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile female who was reported missing.

Kailey Puanani Doll

17-year-old Kailey Puanani Doll was last seen in the Hilo area on May 22, at approximately 10:30 a.m.

She is described as being 5-feet-6-inches, 156 pounds, having a medium complexion, with medium length brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a red v-cut shirt and jeans. She may be in the Puna area.

Police ask anyone who may have information about the whereabouts of Doll to call contact Officer James Steffen of the Area I Juvenile Aid Section at (808) 961-8810, via email at james.steffen@hawaiicounty.gov or the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

HPD Seeking Woman Missing Since April

Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Sommer Mae Lopez, who was last seen in the Keaʻau area on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Sommer Mae Lopez

Lopez is 40-years old, approximately 4-feet-10-inches, 142 pounds with black or brown hair, and brown eyes. She was wearing a black and white romper style outfit.

Police ask anyone with information on the location of Lopez to call Officer John Rapoza at the Pāhoa Police Station number (808) 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

HPD Searching for Kona Woman Missing Since February

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with locating 29-year-old Melissa E. Murdock, who was reported as missing.

She is described as being approximately 5-feet-7-inches, 120 pounds with medium-toned skin and wavy, shoulder-length hair.

Murdock was last seen in Kona on February 10, and is known to venture around the Big Island. She sometimes refers to herself as “Diah” or Melissa Molina.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Aron Tomota at (808) 326-4646 ext. 262 or Aron.Tomota@hawaiicounty.gov

HPD Seeks Missing ‘At Risk’ Person

UPDATE: Police report that 79-year-old William Boyd has been located and is at home in good health.

Hawaii Police seeks your help in locating a missing “at risk” person: He is identified as William Boyd, M-79, 5’10”, 170lbs, brown eyes, gray hair.

Last seen at Hilo Medical Center at 5:30 a.m. this morning. He may be operating a 2014, silver-blue, Toyota Prius with Hawaii license plate ZCM-251, please call 911 or contact the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Police Searching for 2 Boys Missing Since February

Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking the public’s help in locating 17-year old Andrew K. Cox Jr. of Hilo and 16-year old Haloa Beaudet of Kailua-Kona who were reported as missing.  Both juveniles were last seen at the Hawaiʻi Youth Challenge Academy in Hilo on February 1, 2020. 

Andrew K. Cox Jr. is described as being 5’8” tall, 134 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair.  Haloa Beaudet is described as being 5’4”, 132 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair.

Police ask anyone with information on their whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Photo no.1: Andrew K. Cox Jr.
Photo no. 2: Haloa Beaudet

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 27-Year-Old Puna Woman

UPDATE:  Hawaiʻi Island police have located Sadie Ditus who was reported as missing earlier today (October 9).  She was found in good condition in Hilo at 11:00 a.m.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 27-year-old Puna woman reported as missing.

Sadie Ditus

Sadie Ditus, was last seen in Hilo (October 3).

She is 5-feet-8-inches, 115 pounds, thin build, pale complexion, with blue eyes and shoulder-length curly light-brown hair.

She is known to frequent and lives in the Pāhoa area.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Officer Terrance Scanlan at the Puna Police Station (808) 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Searching for 65-Year-Old Man

UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located Robert McNabb who was reported missing, (October 5).  He was found in good condition earlier today (October 9).

Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 65-year-old missing man.

Robert McNabb

Robert R. McNabb was last seen in the Hilo area on October 5, 2017.

He is described as part Hawaiian, 5’ 10”, 145 lbs, grey shoulder length hair, brown eyes, tan complexion, he was last seen wearing black colored jean pants and a black short sleeve shirt, carrying a back pack.

He resides in Honokaa.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Detective Kayne Kelii at (808) 961-2378 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300.

Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Kailua-Kona Boy

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Kailua-Kona boy who was reported missing.

Naython Perry was last seen in Captain Cook on (August 7).

He is described as Caucasian, 6-feet, 145 pounds with short brown hair, fair complexion, and brown eyes. Last seen wearing dark colored sweatpants.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 43-Year-Old Woman

Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 43-year-old missing woman.

Colleen Pabre

Colleen Pabre was last seen in the Keaʻau area in (August 2017).

She is described as Caucasian, 5-feet-9-inches, 150 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

She has been known to reside in the Puna district.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Officer Sean Phelan at (808) 961-2213 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 35-Year-Old Woman Last Seen in Kalapana

Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 35-year-old missing woman.

Parker Godwin

Parker Godwin was last seen in the Kalapana area on (August 6).

She is described as Caucasian, 5-feet-10-inches, 145 pounds, brown shoulder length hair, blue eyes and a “Led Zeppelin” tattoo on her lower back.

She primarily resides in the Hilo district.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Officer Robert Keffer at (808) 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Coast Guard Saves 6 People Off Maui

The Coast Guard rescued six people from a 27-foot vessel taking on water off Maui, Saturday.
Coast Guard Station Maui launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and arrived on scene at 3:10 p.m. took the Makali’i in a stern tow and the crew aboard. They were safely towed to Kihei boat ramp where a post search and rescue boarding revealed no violations.

The Coast Guard rescued six people from taking on water in their 27-foot pleasure craft off Maui, September 9, 2017. Coast Guard Station Maui launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium safely towing the vessel to Kihei boat ramp where a post search and rescue boarding revealed no violations. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo/Released)

“This crew did everything right to be prepared and assist responders.” said, Petty Officer 1st Class William Cusic, search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “They called in as soon as they began taking on water, donned their lifejackets and deployed their anchor. We also recommend anytime you are on the water you take provisions and you leave word with family or friends about your voyage.”

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received a report via VHF radio channel 16 from the master of the vessel around 1:30 p.m. The master reported they were taking on water at an unknown rate and the Makali’i’s crew was bailing water by hand in addition to the on board dewatering pumps. The water level was neither increasing nor decreasing.

Sector Honolulu issued an urgent marine information broadcast notice to mariners and directed the launch of the Station Maui RB-M.

On scene weather was reported as east winds approximately 11 mph with waves less than one-foot .

Big Island Police Searching for 32-Year-Old Hilo Woman

9/7/17 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 32-year-old Luci Palik of Hilo, who was reported missing.  She was found unharmed in the Puna area on Wednesday (September 6).

Hawai’i Island police are searching for a 32-year-old Hilo woman who was reported missing.

Luci Palik

Luci Palik was last seen on Tuesday (August 29), at about 1:00 p.m., in Hilo.

She is described as Micronesian about 5-feet-five, 140 pounds with brown eyes, shoulder length brown hair and a medium complexion wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans pants.

She may be in the Hilo or Puna area.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 in Hilo or (808) 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential

Big Island Police Searcing for Missing 15-Year-Old Puna Girl

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Puna girl reported as missing.

Tanika Nihipali-Franchey

Tanika Nihipali-Franchey was last seen at her residence (July 18). She is described as 4-feet-9-inches, 115 pounds, with brown eyes and shoulder-length brown hair.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Officer Kenneth Ishii at the Puna Police Station (808) 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.