The following photograph and report was submitted to KRG via our Submit a Sighting page on September 2, 2015 and may not be reproduced in any way without expressed written consent.
Type of Sighting:
Kahuna Research Group Analysis:
While the object in question is not a Menehune, it appears to be the phenomena known as a "flying rod", which has been reported by numerous other witnesses across the world. The original photo could be the clearest photo ever captured in Hawaii of such object and is the first reported case to KRG. The case is currently under investigation. Further findings, if any, will be reported here. (Update 9/10/2015 - KRG replaced the original photo with an artist's rendition)
The Wikipedia page for flying rods includes a few cases where further analysis into the phenomena showed they were possibly just moths.
"Rods" (sometimes known as "skyfish", "air rods", or "solar entities") is a term used in cryptozoology, ufology, and outdoor photography to refer to elongated artifacts in the form of light-rods produced by cameras. Videos of rod-shaped objects moving quickly through the air were claimed by some ufologists and cryptozoologists to be alien life forms, "extradimensional" creatures, or very small UFOs. Subsequent experiments showed that these rods appear in film because of an optical illusion/collusion (especially in interlaced video recording), and are typically traces of a flying insect's wingbeats.
On August 8/9, 2005, China Central Television (CCTV) aired a two-part documentary about flying rods in China. It reported the events from May to June of the same year at Tonghua Zhenguo Pharmaceutical Company in Tonghua City, Jilin Province, which debunked the flying rods. Surveillance cameras in the facility's compound captured video footage of flying rods identical to those shown in Jose Escamilla's video. Getting no satisfactory answer to the phenomenon, curious scientists at the facility decided that they would try to solve the mystery by attempting to catch these airborne creatures. Huge nets were set up and the same surveillance cameras then captured images of rods flying into the trap. When the nets were inspected, the "rods" were no more than regular moths and other ordinary flying insects. Subsequent investigations proved that the appearance of flying rods on video was an optical illusion created by the slower recording speed of the camera.
Rod / Skyfish Documentary
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