Teens on the run

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Police Department in the last few weeks released several reports of teens who have ran away from their homes. Most of them have been found, but some are still on the run. One of them has been gone for more than four months.

Summer Keohokapu-Dutton, 16, of Kapa‘a, was last seen on June 7 at 11:50 p.m., according to KPD. She has not made contact with her family since then, and had no permission to be out.

Keohokapu-Dutton, of Caucasian and Hawaiian descent, is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. She has long brown hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion.

Mahina Rivera-Denning, 13, was last seen leaving her residence in Kapa‘a on Sept. 18, according to KPD.  She has not made contact with her family since and is believed to be on the west side of island.

Rivera-Denning, of Hawaiian descent, is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs roughly 110 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes, a thin build and tan complexion.

County officials on Wednesday said there is no information on whether Mahina was found.

Home again

Amber Leilani Williams, 15, and Sarah K. Oyama, 16, ran away on Oct. 12, according to KPD. They were last seen while being dropped off at Kaua‘i High School. They did not return home that, neither made contact with their families.

Williams mother, Michelle Williams, said on Wednesday morning that Oyama had turned herself in. Williams’ daughter, however, was still missing.

“She has ran away before, but never for this long,” Michelle Williams said of her daughter, right after posting a flyer at the Old Cannery in Kapahi. She said she would be going around the island to post more flyers. At the end of the day, Williams’ efforts paid off. Her daughter was found in Kapahi.

Williams, however, remained concerned that her daughter might run away again.

Bryson Kalani Blas, 17, flew to Kaua‘i from the Big Island on Oct. 10, according to KPD. County officials on Thursday announced Blas, of Hawaiian descent, was found.

Kaliko “Kelly” Taitai Kauhini, 15, of Lihu‘e, ran away on Sept. 17. On Oct. 7, county officials sent a press release stating Kauhini, of Hawaiian descent, had been found and returned to her parents.

Kelli M. K. Lizama, 15, of Kapa‘a, ran away Sept. 23. She had last been seen leaving her residence to catch the school bus and was believed to be on the North Shore. On Oct. 12, county officials sent a press release stating that Lizama, of Portuguese descent, was found safe and was fine.

Archie P. Mendoza, 16, of Lihu‘e, ran away on June 21. He was believed to be in the Hanama‘ulu area. Mendoza, of Filipino descent, was found more than three months later, on Oct. 11, according to county officials.

• Léo Azambuja, staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) or lazambuja@thegardenisland.com

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