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Missing Kaloli Point Fisherman’s Name Released

October 2, 2015, 2:35 PM HST
* Updated October 2, 2:41 PM
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The name of the man who went missing on Sept. 26 while fishing near Kaloli Point in Hawaiian Paradise Park was released by the Hawai’i Police Department on Friday.

According to Police, the man was 51-year-old Joseph M. Leialoha of Kea’au.

Leialoha was last seen about 50 yards offshore on Saturday around 2:30 p.m. after a wave swept him off the cliff.

Hawai’i County Fire Department crews searched for the man until nightfall Wednesday and suspended their search pending new developments.

The United States Coast Guard also participated in the search, but suspended search operations on Sunday evening.


An HFD official told Big Island Now on Wednesday morning that search conditions were difficult. Wind and rain impacted the area at the onset of the search, and rough sea conditions were persistent throughout the week.


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