Police search for
missing girl, 11

Police dogs and a helicopter help
look for the Halawa girl

Star-Bulletin staff

Police detectives and a SWAT team plan to launch a door-to-door search this morning for 11-year-old Kahealani Indreginal who has been missing since Tuesday.

Kahealani Indreginal: Was last seen Tuesday at a manapua wagon near her home

Police dogs and a helicopter also will help by searching Indreginal's Halawa neighborhood.

Indreginal was last seen Tuesday at the Puuwai Momi Housing area at 99-185 Kohomua St. between buildings 1 and 3 just before 3 p.m., police said.

She was on her way home when she and a friend stopped at a manapua wagon parked near the housing complex for some snacks, relatives said.

Detective Phil Camero of the Missing Persons Detail said police have no indication of foul play but are not ruling it out. Police have questioned the driver of the manapua wagon but he reported he did not see the girl, Camero said.

Her teacher describes Indreginal as a model child and honor student, and her family said she has never run away before, Camero said. Family members also said the girl is usually home by 6 p.m.

"We know Kahea is such a good girl," said her aunt Karen Garo. "She's so quiet, she wouldn't talk to anybody she didn't know."

Relatives talked to the news media yesterday, hoping the publicity would lead to information for her whereabouts. Relatives kept vigil through the night, staying up until 3 a.m. today, waiting for news about the missing child, said Lori Moreno, another aunt.

"We're just wondering how this could have happened," Moreno said.

"We just can't believe this ... You always think it can never happen to you," she said.

Indreginal is of Hawaiian and Filipino ancestry, 5 feet 2, 110 pounds, with a slim build, brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.

She was wearing a beige corduroy long-sleeved shirt and pants and several gold Hawaiian bracelets.

The family did not realize the girl had been missing until later that evening, and did not report it to police until yesterday morning, Garo and Moreno said.

The girl's parents thought she was at home with her brothers, while the brothers thought she had gone to their grandparents' house with their parents, the aunts said.

Anyone with information may call Camero at 529-3394 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, *CRIME on a cell phone.

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