Musician uses social media to find stolen family heirloom

By Mika Miyashima

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (KITV) — A Hawaiian musician thanks the community and a social media tip for helping her find a valuable instrument that was stolen in Waikiki.

Krystal Mokuahi of the music group Ke’olu said her bass was stolen from her car between Friday night and Saturday morning at the Waikiki Banyan Hotel.

Mokuahi said the five-string bass holds a special meaning to her family, as it was passed down from her grandfather to her father, to her.

“It means so much because it’s such an invaluable part of our family,” Mokuahi explained. “It has so many stories and so much mana within it.”

After realizing he was missing, Mokuahi posted a message on social media.

She said the response was overwhelming.

“It started going around in circles and everyone started reposting it,” she explained. “It was amazing how the eyes could see it and how people were helping me and trying to spread the word.”

Mokuahi said he received an anonymous message from someone who believed he spotted the bass near a Makiki apartment.

With the help of the police, she was able to retrieve the special instrument.

“They opened up the unit and it was indeed in there. They allowed me to come down and pick it up,” she said. “I was able to identify it and I had pictures showing it was mine, and I was able to take it home this morning.”

Mokuahi said whoever lived in the apartment moved out the day before, but regardless, she’s glad they left the bass behind.

She said her main takeaway from all of this is to not leave valuables in your car and thanks the community for all their support.

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