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Update: Missing Kayaker Identified, Found

Posted September 7, 2021, 6:14 PM HST ·Updated September 7, 7:09 PM

UPDATE: Kauaʻi Police report the missing kayaker has been identified and located.

He was spotted earlier today, Sept. 7, by the Napali Experience boat tour company swimming toward Kalalau Beach. He was picked up and reported to be in good condition.


Kauaʿi police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a red kayak that was found floating off Hanakāpīʿai Beach waters this afternoon.

The Kaua‘i Fire Department, Ocean Safety Bureau, and the US Coast Guard are currently deployed and have continued their search efforts in the Kēʻē area since an initial report was made regarding the empty kayak around 1:45 p.m.

First responders have since located a straw hat near the kayak, as well as personal belongings inside of the vessel.

According to a preliminary report, a man was seen Tuesday, Sept. 7, around 11 a.m. in a red kayak near Kēʻē Beach heading towards Hanakāpīʿai. He was wearing a straw hat and black and blue wetsuit.
A missing person report has not yet been filed.

Anyone with information regarding this person, contact the Kauaʿi Police Department Dispatch Center at 808-241-1711.