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Punalu'u Information Update for September 30th, 2020

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) is searching for missing/overdue kayakers last seen offshore of Punalu'u Boat Ramp in Ka'u Wednesday afternoon (September 30th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) and Nevada (Las Vegas) Team


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of missing/overdue kayakers at Punalu'u Boat Ramp in Ka'u Wednesday evening (September 30th).

The initial call came in at 6:33 pm Wednesday evening and HFD crews from the Pahala, Na'alehu, and Waiakea (Rescue Company 2) Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 and HPD officers from the Ka'u Patrol responded to the scene located at Punalu'u Boat Ramp.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, a report came in that two people (described as a male and female both in their 50's) went out a two-man kayak (described as a yellow two-man kayak) and last seen paddling offshore of Punalu'u Boat Ramp around 3:00 pm Wednesday afternoon. A bystander noticed the kayaker's vehicle was still parked at the Punalu'u Boat Ramp after sunset on Wednesday evening and both parties were unable to be located and immediately called for assistance.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD and HPD personnel conducted a brief ground search of the surrounding area from Punalu'u Beach and Ninole Cove with negative findings. Due to nightfall, HFD Rescue crews have since suspended their initial search for the evening and expected to resume at first light on Thursday morning (October 1st).

HPD is continuing to investigate the incident and will release further details at a later time.