A resident named Moriah saw the unidentified flying object (UFO) hovering above her house in Oahu at around 8:30 p.m, Dec. 29. The 38-year-old and her husband hopped in their car and gave chase. After less than three miles, the UFO stopped and vanished into the water, she said.
"I don't know what it was," Moriah remarked. "This one was going so fast."
Grainy footage taken by other witnesses showed what appeared to be a blue bolt of light streaking through the sky and dropping onto the horizon. The couple called 911 to have somebody inspect the flying object. While the police were investigating, the two witnessed a second light. It was white, smaller and was coming in the same direction as the blue one, the Oahu resident said.
The Honolulu Police Department notified the FAA to determine whether any of its aircraft was flying nearby at the time. John Greenwald, who runs the investigative site The Black Vault, obtained a copy of the report on April 12 after issuing a Freedom of Information request.
A summary of the report read: "Honolulu Police Department called to ask if we were missing any A/C (aircraft). Someone from Nanakuli called them and said there is a possible downed A/C 300 yards off shore. I checked with the H controller and we are not missing any A/C."
Some people said they were not surprised the FAA was not able to identify the object since the "video was very odd." Others dismissed the sighting, suggesting that the UFO might have simply been a man-made craft.
"Seen a lot of LED kite comparisons and it definitely resembles one," one commented. Another opined: "It was a Chinese balloon on fire that accidentally got snagged by a small commercial drone. No mystery." (Related: Leaked Pentagon footage shows what appears to be pyramid-shaped UFOs swarming Navy warship.)
Last December also, The Debrief leaked the details of two UFO-related reports from the Department of Defense's Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force. One of the reports, which was issued last summer, featured a "clear" image of an unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) – the Pentagon's term for UFOs.
The triangular UAP had rounded edges and large, perfectly spherical white "lights" in each corner. Officials who read the report revealed that the image was taken after the craft emerged from the ocean and ascended straight upward at a 90-degree angle. An F/A-18 fighter pilot captured the photo in 2019 off the eastern coast of the United States.
Officials disclosed that the report primarily focused on "unidentified submersible phenomena," which include unidentified "transmedium" vehicles that can operate both underwater and in the air. The nature of the report suggested that the task force was concerned that some UAPs might have originated from within the world's oceans, officials told The Debrief.
This sighting was not the first time a submersible craft was seen in American territory. Marc D'Antonio, an image analyst for the Mutual UFO Network, a nonprofit that studies UFO sightings, claimed a few years ago that he saw an underwater "fast mover" while sailing as a civilian onboard a Navy attack submarine. Several Navy vets supported his account, acknowledging that sensors sometimes detected unexplained, high-speed sonar targets.
A senior member of the intelligence community, who worked on underwater surveillance and reconnaissance programs for decades, told The Debrief that there was validity to those claims. But the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, declined to comment further.
This came as the Pentagon and other concerned federal agencies were set to publish a report this June on what they know about UAPs. The report would be declassified but would also contain a classified supplement.
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