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Missing man's body recovered at Pali Lookout

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NUUANU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The body of a man last seen three days ago was found Sunday morning below the Pali Lookout, police said.

Honolulu CrimeStoppers said the body of Leaia Siosefa "Sefa" Tuai, 45, was found at 7:40 a.m. He was last seen in the Laie Shopping Center area Thursday. Family members and friends said they became concerned when he failed to show up for work on Friday. Tuai's friends said his car was found at the lookout parking lot at about 4 a.m. Saturday, and started their own search in the area.

"They were searching on their own last night with their flashlights here at the Pali," said Reuben Alisa, Tuai's friend and classmate. "We came out this morning to help out with the search for our brother."

Tuai was a musician who played guitar and sang at many gigs, including at Waikiki hotels. But he also gave freely of his music, friends said. "He would just show up at birthday parties, funerals, I mean any occasion he came and he just loved music and he just loved the people that he associated with," said another friend, Elaine Beatty.

Beatty and Alisa said Tuai was originally from Laie, but was now living in Kailua.

A Honolulu Fire Department helicopter was used to help retrieve Tuai's body, where a group of friends and family members were waiting.

The lookout was closed to the public while the recovery efforts were underway. It was reopened at about 10:20 a.m.

Those he left behind are puzzled as to what may have happened. "It really drew up a blank," said Alisa. "We didn't know, other than shock and disbelief that one of our own could be missing."

"I talked to him on Tuesday, this past Tuesday,' said Beatty. "And nothing. Didn't hear anything. that's how happy-go-lucky he was."

The circumstances around Tuai's death are still unknown. Honolulu Police have opened an investigation and have classified the case as an unattended death. An autopsy is pending.

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