Fishermen discover ancestral bones along Oahu shoreline

HPD said the remains were determined to be ancient and were turned over to the land department.
Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 7:55 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 3, 2022 at 1:54 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Human remains, believed to be ancestral bones, were found by fishermen along Nimitz Beach in Kapolei.

Chris Ota and his friends were fishing three weeks ago when one of them spotted the remains.

“Some of the pieces led us to believe that it was human,” said Ota. “So pretty shocking.”

“There is the skull there, lower jaw, it looks like there’s a femur there,” said former Hawaii resident Mark Uchino. “And there’s probably more bones out there who knows.”

“But we won’t know until someone gets up and goes and does something about”

Ota said he immediately contacted police as well as the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Authorities said the remains were confirmed to be ancestral bones.

“Hopefully they can come and get it soon,” said Ota. “I already know that some of the pieces were broken from when we found them.

The department said a State Historic Preservation Division specialist went out to investigate the area, but was unable to locate the remains.

Usually, the division is provided with a geotag to pinpoint a location, but in this special case, photos were all the specialist had to work off of.

DLNR says they still have to work out jurisdictional access before they can recover the remains.

“If it was my loved ones or friends. I [would] want to know,” said Uchino. “But just from a moral standpoint, something has to be done about it.”

“We just don’t want it to get lost or washed away,” said Ota. “Hopefully somebody can get out here quickly to gather what remains there is.”

Officials advise the public to not disturb discovered remains and immediately report the findings to the State Historic Preservation Division.

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