Doctors Family: Bloodbath in Paradise

In a tragic turn of events on a peaceful Sunday morning in Manoa, Honolulu, local chiropractor Paris Oda, 46, brutally murdered his wife, Naoko Oda, 48, and their three children – a 17-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son, and a 10-year-old daughter – before taking his own life. This horrific incident marked the second-deadliest mass killing in Honolulu’s history, according to Honolulu Police Chief Joe Logan.


Upon responding to a 911 call about a domestic dispute, the Honolulu Police Department’s homicide squad found no answer at the Oda residence. After returning to the home following a second call, officers were met with a horrifying scene – the lifeless bodies of all five family members. A knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was recovered at the scene.


While the motive for the killings remains unknown, Lieutenant Deena Thoemmes of the homicide squad stated that evidence suggests the adult male killed his family with the knife. Neighbors described the Oda family as friendly and festive, expressing shock at the sudden tragedy.


The impact of this tragedy has shaken the community. Neighbor Hiro Izumo told local news outlet KITV that the family seemed typical and upbeat, often decorating their house for holidays. Neighbor Aime Wakai emphasized the rarity of crime in the area, highlighting its usual tranquility.


The tragedy extends beyond the immediate neighborhood, with Manoa Elementary School activating a crisis intervention team to support students and staff. Iolani School, a private college preparatory school, will hold gatherings for students, faculty, and staff and offer counseling services throughout the week.


In light of the devastating impact on first responders, Chief Logan expressed empathy for their experiences and acknowledged the lasting effects on their mental well-being. He emphasized that the incident would have a profound and enduring impact on the officers involved, similar to the effects it would have on any law enforcement officer.