Family makes public plea for help after 2 sisters run away during Oahu vacation

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WAIPIO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A family is desperate for answers after two teenage sisters from Las Vegas ran away this month during a reunion in the islands.

The sisters, 16-year-old Christine and 14-year-old Tahtiana, haven't been in contact with their family since March 8.

Their mother, Ernestine Matas, said the family is originally from Hawaii but has lived in Las Vegas for the last four years.

They were back in the islands for a reunion and funeral, but the night they were supposed to return, the girls took off. Matas said they told some family members they didn't want to return to the mainland.

"We started calling the police, calling everyone we know, from that moment on." Matas said. "I'm very concerned about their safety."

Matas said the girls might be with their boyfriends, who live on Oahu. But, she said, the families aren't cooperating.

She has filed a report with the Honolulu Police Department, but hasn't gotten any updates.

"To the people helping my children, you're not doing them any favors. They're young girls and we want them home." Matas said.

Dave Brunnell, of Guardian Search and Investigations, is assisting the family.

He said he's been scanning social media for clues, and is hoping to bring the girls back home safe.

"There's always reason to be concerned. That's a child, two children actually," he said. "They're not with their family."

Matas has also turned to Facebook in hopes of finding her daughters, and has also posted fliers around Oahu.

Brunnell thinks that the girls are being hidden somewhere by friends, but she said he's confident they will be found.

"I'm hopeful. Its not just me. You've got the mother, family, friends, you've got the public too," she said.

And Matas has a message for her daughters: "Tahtiana and Christine, I love you. We all love you so very much. It doesn't matter what you did. We need you home safe."

If you've seen the two girls, call police.

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