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Police Search for Two Puna Runaways

by Thunda

Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two Puna teens who were reported as runaways in separate incidents.

Sixteen-year-old Shayla Smith-Akiona of Kea‘au, (Case #22-017796), was last seen on the afternoon of Sunday, February 27, 2022, in the Hawaiian Paradise Park area wearing blue jeans, a black/white hoodie, blue shoes, and carrying a blue backpack.

She is described as having a medium build, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 117 pounds, with long straight black hair and brown eyes. Smith–Akiona has a tattoo of a flower on her left ankle.

Fifteen-year-old Moanikeala Liwai (Case #22-017896) was also last seen on Sunday, February 27, in the Hawaiian Paradise Park area wearing blue jeans, a dark colored hoodie, and white shoes.

Liwai is described as 5 feet 8 inches, 120 pounds, black hair with purple highlights and brown eyes. She also has a “Hello Kitty” tattoo on her left ankle and a septum style nose piercing.

Police ask anyone who may have information about the whereabouts of either girl to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Officer Derek Toloumu of Puna Patrol at (808) 965-2716.

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