Naalehu Information Update for February 14th, 2020

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD), Hawaii Police Department (HPD), and United States Coast Guard (USGS) continue for a second day for 2 Fishermen who went missing near Honu'apo Thursday, February 13th.

Hawaiʻi Police Department Ka‘ū Patrol Division Captain Miles Chong Phone: 808-939-2520 Report No.: 20-012750

Hawaiʻi Island police have opened a Missing Person's investigation in connection with two overdue fishermen who were believed to have been swept into the ocean in Ka‘ū.


At 5:34 a.m. Thursday morning (February 13), family members reported that 62-year-old James Oyama, and 37-year-old Jay Jara, both of Nā‘ālehu, failed to return home from a shoreline fishing trip near Honuʻapo Bay the evening prior.


Police and Hawaiʻi Fire Department (HFD) personnel began a ground search, later locating the victims’ two trucks and their personal items on Mill Road at 6:35 a.m. that same morning.  A fishing pole belonging to one of the men was set-up at the shoreline in an area exposed to high surf conditions.


The fire department’s helicopter was assisted by a United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter and C-130 aircraft with an aerial search.


Oyama is described as being 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, having a medium build with gray hair and brown eyes.


Jara is described as being 5-foot-7, 140 pounds, having a medium build with brown hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing blue denim jeans and a blue shirt.


Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Officer Dane Shibuya, of our Ka‘ū Patrol Division at (808) 939-2520.

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