Local musician begs for return of ‘priceless’ family heirloom stolen in Waikiki

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A Hawaiian music artist fell victim to a disheartening theft over the weekend in Waikiki.

A priceless family heirloom was stolen from her vehicle, and she’s asking whoever is responsible to return it, no questions asked.

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 its 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.

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

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)

The bass wasn’t the only thing stolen. The thieves also got an ukulele, a skateboard, and other personal items. They even popped open the hood and took her car battery.

But what broke her heart the most was when she realized the bass was gone.

“Once I saw the empty space in my car – ‘cus it takes up my whole car, once I saw the empty space, oh my gosh, my heart just broke and I started crying,” she said.

She called security and also spoke with police. She says other cars near hers were also broken into.

She immediately took her plea for help online in hopes someone would recognize the instrument, and prevent it from being pawned or sold.

“I know the Hawaiian music industry is small and just Hawaii in general, we band together. And I know we can find it. So that’s why I’m just hoping someone sees something, says something, and brings my baby back to me.”

To the person responsible, she has this message: “If you see this and you feel it in your na’au that you want to give it back, please just contact me and we can figure this out.”

She encourages people with tips to contact police, or message the group directly online here.

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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