Above Images: Kubo, circa 2001
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: June 23, 2001 from Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Weight: 165 lbs.
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Brown
Medical Conditions: Alzheimer's Disease
Clothing: Blue jeans, white shirt, white shoes.
Case Number: N/A
Details of Disappearance
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.
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
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Honolulu Police Department
Det Phil Camero
Honolulu Star Bulletin