HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A community clean-up effort on Tantalus led to a gruesome discovery Sunday afternoon.
Sai Weiss and Cameron Calistro, co-founders of eco-conscious clothing company Affinity, had organized a volunteer cleanup of the Tantalus lookout area.
Shortly after they started to work, the two men stumbled on a human skull and bones.
"I couldn't believe it at first. I thought I was just making it up in my head," Weiss said.
"It was crazy," Calistro added. "It wasn't anything that we were expecting at all. We were just there to clean up. Just totally shocked and taken by surprise so we kind of just ran up the hill."
The pair called police, and officers responded to the 3000 block of Tantalus Drive.
Although the body was primarily intact, investigators were unable to identify it as a man or a woman due to advanced decomposition.
Based on their initial investigation, authorities believed foul play might be involved. However, the case is classified as an "unattended death," not a homicide.
"At this time, we do believe foul play is involved in this particular case," said HPD homicide detective Lt. Phillip Lavarias. "It's just because of certain circumstances that we discovered at the side of the hillside right now.
"I can't go into any more details into what we discovered, but we do believe there's foul play right now," he said.
Weiss and Calistro were interviewed by police and allowed to finish their clean-up efforts in the surrounding areas. The two men hope their find can bring a family closure or answers.
"It was pretty gruesome," Calistro said. "I don't want to speculate on what happened, but it was really weird, eerie vibes."
Weiss added, "I'm hoping there's some kind of rest for the family of the individual that was found and we just really hope that the family and everyone that's involved - they can close this case."