Oahu Search & Rescue (OSAR) is an all volunteer Search and Rescue organization, serving the Island of Oahu as well as neighbor islands.

The Honolulu Police Department and the Honolulu Fire Department are the primary emergency response agencies for wilderness and rural area incidents.


What OSAR Does

OSAR works to educate groups and individuals in the community on safe hiking practices in an effort to reduce the number of rescues needed. 

For more information, or to request a hiking safety training for your group, visit our Hiking Safety page.

At the request of a recognized Responsible Agency such as the Honolulu Fire Department, OSAR will deploy field teams to assist in a search or rescue in wilderness areas.

If, after a Responsible Agency has terminated their search efforts and the family of the missing requests it, OSAR will deploy field teams and overhead support to continue an active search. 

Deployment is considered on a case by case basis and is always at the discretion of OSAR leadership. 

At this time, OSAR does not search for missing animals.

Hiking Safety

Hawaii is full of amazing places you can hike and explore, but it’s easy to get in over your head. Follow these four basic steps to ensure you have a safe and fun time.

For more detailed information, check out our Safe Hiking page.

Do Your Research

Gather information about the hike you are planing on doing.

Check The Weather

Conditions change quickly in Hawaii. Have a sense of what might be coming.

Pack Your Bag

Make Sure you have the right gear with you for your hike and at a miniumum have the Essentials for Wilderness Travel.

Share Your Plan

Make sure somebody else knows where you are going and when you'll be back.

Find Out More About OSAR

Interested in joining the team? We hold quarterly open houses where you can learn about the history of OSAR, what we do, as well as training and membership requirements. 

To see an overview of our training and qualification requirements, click here.

We Run On Donations

Oahu Search & Rescue relies on the generous donations from our community to cover the costs of things like gear, supplies, and insurance. Our team members and leadership are all volunteers and 100% of the donations made go directly towards our mission. 

Hiking Tips From The Team

Wear bright colors. Not only will the photographers in your group appreciate it, but if you get lost you'll be much easier for rescuers to find.
Ira J
Research your route. Know the trail and be prepared for how long and difficult it is.

Justin B
Hike with a buddy.

Serene S
Always know where you are and where you are going.

David B
Always let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.

Becca F