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Big Island musician reported missing

Lopaka Ryder Lopaka Ryder

The search for a Big Island musician has turned up no leads in the months since he was last seen by his family.

Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder was reported missing in January 2014. The 37-year-old Kailua-Kona man, who goes by the name Lopaka, is a well-known ukulele player on the island.

Family members say they last heard from him around Thanksgiving 2013, but didn't contact police with their concerns until January 17.

"The family said that he would travel quite a bit, and they were used to that," said Lt. Gerald Wike of the Hawaii Police Department. "Without hearing from him for a lengthy period of time, the family did report him as missing."

Ryder is described as 5-foot-10, 150 pounds with green eyes and short brown hair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police.


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