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After a public plea, Oahu musician reunited with ‘priceless’ family bass

An anonymous tip led her to a vacated apartment in Makiki.
Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 6:11 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 4, 2022 at 4:48 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaiian music artist who fell victim to a disheartening theft over the weekend in Waikiki has been reunited with a family heirloom she described as “priceless.”

Krystal Mokuahi is one of the three members of the group Ke’olu. She co-founded the group as their bass player, using a 5-string bass instrument that was passed down to her from her grandfather.

“Every time I played with it, I felt my grandpa that he was there with me on stage and I was able to live out this legacy. So that’s why this instrument is priceless. It’s worth a lot but it’s priceless to me and to my whole family,” Mokuahi said.

The group was finishing up a performance Friday night in Waikiki when Mokuahi went to meet her family staying at the Waikiki Banyan Hotel. She parked her car there overnight and she says that’s when the thieves struck.

“Every time I played with it, I felt my grandpa that he was there with me on stage."

“My car was broken into. The handle – the driver’s side handle was totally torn out,” she said.

They took the bass, an ukulele, a skateboard and other personal items. They even popped open the hood open and took her car battery.

As word of the theft quickly spread online, she said she received an anonymous tip on Sunday that it was spotted at a vacated apartment in Makiki.

She followed up with police and by Monday morning, got her cherished bass back.

“It was just like, anxiety the whole night and even this morning until we actually got there and saw it and it was in my hands,” Mokuahi said. “It just feels so good and I can let the tears out and breathe. It just feels so amazing.”

She says she’s grateful to the anonymous tipster who heard about her plea for help.

“Mahalo, mahalo. This person has no connection to me and they just felt for the story and felt for me and my family and I just can’t thank them enough,” she added. “There are good people, still good people in this world and it just gave me more hope in humanity.”

Unfortunately, the other items taken are still missing, but she said she was mainly concerned for the bass because it carried such special meaning to her and her family.

She says they are now focused on preparing for upcoming performances.

Krystal Mokuahi is seeking the return of her bass, which was passed down through her family.
Krystal Mokuahi is seeking the return of her bass, which was passed down through her family.(Krystal Mokuahi)

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