The U.S. Navy has identified the sailor missing in waters off Kaena Point as 33-year-old Matthew John Leathers of Woodland, Calif. He was a SEAL team member based at Pearl Harbor.
Leathers disappeared during an open ocean swim training on Feb. 19, 2013. Search was suspended the following Sunday.
We first saw Leathers in the summer of 2012 running a race around Diamond Head to honor sailors lost in Afghanistan during Operation Red Wings.
Leathers won the race, but instead talked about the importance of remembering the sacrifice of others.
"When the time comes we have to never forget, and just remember them," said Leathers.
Leathers was also a member of the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team or H.U.R.T. and took to the trails regularly, according to a friend who trained with him.
This picture was taken in January in the H.U.R.T. 100 near Jackass Ginger in Nuuanu.
Friends and competitors say Leathers excelled in extreme endurance conditions.
While his friends said he was a fierce competitor on the trails, they add he was also someone with a lot of compassion for others. Leathers is pictured second from right.
Other endurance runners with H.U.R.T. say at their next race in April, they will remember the impact Leathers had on their sport and friendships. They hope to turn it into a fundraiser for Leathers' family.