Masayuki Kubo
North American Missing Persons Network
Masayuki Kubo

Above Images: Kubo, circa 2001

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 23, 2001 from Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 80
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Gray
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Asian
  • Gender: Male
  • Medical Conditions: Alzheimer's Disease
  • Clothing: Blue jeans, white shirt, white shoes.
  • AKA: "Masa"
  • Case Number: N/A

  • Details of Disappearance
    Mr. Kubo, has been missing since 7:30 am on the morning of June 23, 2001, when he left his Kapiolani Boulevard condominium for an early morning walk. Mr. Kubo, who enjoyed walking and sometimes took two or three walks a day, usually went to Kakaako Waterfront Park, where he liked to watch the fishermen. Mr. Kubo was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white shirt, and white shoes. He took along his bus pass, $10, and a state ID card.

    The next day he was seen in a downtown hotel lobby. He gave a security guard his name as "Masa" and a phone number that was disconnected. The security guard put him in a taxi to the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, then noticed his picture on a flier a week later. This was the only confirmed sighting of Mr. Kubo since his disappearance.

    Police contacted the bus company, spoke with multiple cab companies, reviewed unsubstantiated reports of possible sightings and notified homeless shelters and airport security. Investigators also talked to homeless people at night. For months, friends and volunteers kept the search going every weekend, as well as many days and evenings. Fliers about Mr. Kubo are still posted in businesses around town where he is suspected of venturing.

    Kubo, a retired Federal Aviation Administration construction engineer, had on two previous occasions gone walking and appeared to become disoriented. On Mother's Day 1991, Kubo had fallen during a walk in Kapahulu, and was recognized and assisted by one of the Kubos' former neighbors. Another time, a friend found Kubo after he wandered all the way to Kapi'olani Park in Waikiki. Mr. Kubo began treatment for Alzheimer's in 1997, receiving monthly injections. He may become violent without his medication.

    Authorities do not suspect foul play in Mr. Kubo's disappearance. Many believe he may still be alive either being taken care of by sympathetic persons or living homeless.

    His wife of more than 40 years, Jessie, passed away in May of 2004.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Honolulu Police Department
    Det Phil Camero
    (808) 529-3394

    Source Information
    Honolulu Advertiser
    Honolulu Star Bulletin