MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police and CrimeStoppers are asking for the public's help in tracking down four suspects behind a terrifying home invasion on New Year's Eve.
Four armed robbers, all in ski masks, tied up a kumu hula and her family in their Mililani home and stole $1 million worth of precious jewels.
Kumu Hula Iwalani Tseu says it wasn't random. She says the masked men called her "aunty" and they knew exactly what they wanted.
"Just as I turned this corner … there's a guy, his armed cocked like this and a gun right here," added daughter Aureana Tseu.
The former Miss Hawaii USA says the four men were lined up in her mother's hallway.
The incident happened about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
"Put a pillow over my head and a gun in my back and he said, 'You heard all that popping? It's New Year's Eve. No one is gonna hear. I will shoot you if you make a sound,'" she said.
Her mother was upstairs in the shower.
"As soon as I came out of my door, I was greeted with a gun to my face," said Iwalani Tseu.
She said they tied her daughter up using a surf board leash. They used a cellphone charger on her and her niece.
"'Just tell us where's the cash, where's the jewelry?' I said I don't have jewelry. He said, 'Aunty, this is not random. You have jewelry,'" Iwalani Tseu said.
Tseu said generations of precious jewels were stolen. Aureana Tseu's watch, which is one of only five in the world, was also taken.
The Tseu family says it's not the way they wanted to start off the New Year. But they are at least grateful they still have each other.
"When we came and I hugged my mom and she said, 'They took everything.' And I said, 'Mom, they didn't take you,'" said Iwalani Tseu's other daughter, Tatiana Tseu Fox.
The Tseu family says they are offering a reward for any tips that lead to a conviction. But most of all, they are asking for this kind of violence to stop.
"If you know my mom, you know my mom's message is about how do we change? How do we make this Hawaii, the home where our kids can grow up?" Fox said.
On Tuesday, CrimeStoppers released descriptions of the four suspects and asked residents and pawn shops to be on the lookout for the stolen items.
- Suspect no. 1 is about 6 feet tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodies, black pants and a ski mask and carrying a shotgun.
- Suspect no. 2 is about 6 feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds He was wearing dark clothing and a ski mask with a white skull. He had a handgun.
- Suspect no. 3 is about 5-foot-10 and weighs about 180 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and a mask.
- A physical description of the fourth suspect was not available. He was wearing dark clothing and a mask.
"We're asking the public as well as pawn shops just to be aware," said Sgt. Chris Kim, of CrimeStoppers.
He added the incident is a good reminder of the importance of locking up valuables in a safe or putting them in a safe deposit box.
Anyone with any information about this case, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.