About Us

Who is Kauai Search and Rescue?

Kauai Search and Rescue (KSAR) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides its services at no cost to the people of Kauai. All members of our organization, dogs, dog handlers and support personnel (ground pounders) undergo extensive training. We train to standards established by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR). People are trained in visual tracking, compass, topographical map reading, helicopter procedures, first aid and CPR. The dogs are obedience-trained, and are trained to track based on either human scent discrimination or air scenting. Optionally, dog teams may be trained for human remains detection. KSAR can only respond to call outs by the Kauai Police Department, Kauai Fire Department, and the Department of Land and Natural Resourses. Once officially activated we work closely under their direction.

Our Mission Statement

KSAR is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to providing prompt response with specialized canines, trained personnel, and equipment to assist Local, State, and Federal agencies in locating missing persons in a time of emergency. We will conduct ourselves in a professional manner educating and setting a good example to our community. We shall cooperate fully with agencies and entities requesting our expertise and service. We will work in concert with them towards our common goal. Our motto, "...that others may live", is our primary objective.