Day 4: The search for a missing 6-year-old O’ahu girl

The search for a missing six-year-old O’ahu girl is unfolding with leaflets now circulating on Maui in hopes that more eyes on the situation will shed light on her whereabouts. The girl was reported missing from her adoptive parents’ home over the weekend.

Isabella Kalua, also known as Ariel Sellers, was last seen asleep in her bedroom at her Puha Street address in Waimanalo on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at around 9 p.m. worried for her safety and well-being, ”but no Amber alert has been issued as the case apparently does not meet program criteria.

Jamie Kumai, her biological aunt who lives in Maui has just returned to Valley Island after four days of researching O’ahu. “Ariel, we love you. Go out wherever you are. We want to take you home and hope and pray that you are safe. We are not going to stop looking for you,” Kumai said on a call. phone call with Maui Now this afternoon Kumai is first cousin of the daughter’s biological mother.

Isabella Kalua, also known as Ariel Sellers. PC: Honolulu Police Department.

Kumai described the girl as a “happy baby” with a bubbly personality. “At first she’s shy, but once she gets to know you, she just wants to play. She is so adorable. She just wants to be loved, ”Kumai said.

According to Kumai, the State Department of Lands and Natural Resources as well as the Coast Guard have joined in the search to cover the waters as well as the Bellows Military Zone. “Volunteers are still covering bases in Waimanalo, but the search is starting to expand to other areas. Some people are already in other areas looking… We still don’t have any advice or leads on his whereabouts, ”Kumai said.


On Monday, Crime Stoppers and HPD appealed for the public’s help to help locate the girl, but few new details regarding her disappearance surfaced in the media. Maui Police said there is NO indication the missing child is here in Maui, but also said they shared the information in hopes of spreading the word.


“It’s in the air what we feel. I know they have protocols. We let them do their part, ”said Kumai who noted that since the volunteers set up a base in Waimanalo, the authorities are also on site with an officer doing a daily meeting before the digs.

“In the beginning there were limits that we couldn’t look for,” she said. “We still don’t have any advice or leads on his whereabouts… It’s getting more and more difficult. I know I will be breaking up soon, but I still hold on to hope and prayer and always try to be positive, ”Kumai said.

Isabella / Ariel is 3 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 46 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black leggings, colorful socks and Nike slides with pink stockings.


Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 808-955-8300 or through their anonymous web tips at or the Police Department’s “P3 Tips” app. Honolulu.

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