Who Is Oahu Search & Rescue?
Oahu Search & Rescue (OSAR) is a private volunteer service organization dedicated to Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) education on Oahu and neighbor islands. Additionally, we provide search and rescue services to the community. Oahu Search and Rescue was founded in 2015. We are a IRS registered 501c(3) non profit organization and rely on generous donations from the community to cover our training and operation budgets. Please consider donating today!
OSAR Mission Statement:
Oahu Search and Rescue is a private volunteer non-profit dedicated to preventative search and rescue education on Oahu and providing wilderness and mountain SAR resources for authorities and families of the missing.
Preventative Search and Rescue programs educate youth and adult groups, teams, clubs and organizations on the basics of how to safely hike and explore in Oahu’s mountains. Interested in learning more? Check out our educational offerings today!
You may see OSAR Team Members out on the trails of Oahu doing Trail Angel work to ensure hikers we meet are safe, have water, food, sun protection and a good sense of the trail ahead. Be sure to stop and say hi if you see our orange shirts!
Wilderness Search and Rescue is service our Team provides. On the island of Oahu, all land based missing persons cases are handled by the Honolulu Police Department and the Honolulu Fire Department. In general, for a missing person in a wilderness setting, Honolulu Fire will search for 3 days. After that time period (in general) they will discontinue their search. Should a person still be missing after that occurs, Oahu Search and Rescue can be activated at the request of a family member or state/county agency.
OSAR trains in search tactics and strategies, day and night land navigation, high and low angle rescue as well as basic medical skills. With these skills in our toolkit, we can provide a sustained search for a period of time after the local Responsible Authority (generally Honolulu Fire) ceases search operations. If a family member or friend is missing, your first call should always be to 911.
Interested in joining our Team? We offer open house meetings once per quarter where you can get to know our team, and find out what it takes to join us. In the mean time you can get more details here.