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Lava bomb hits tour boat, injures 23 people Video included

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23 people were injured after a lava bomb exploded and hit a tour boat off the Big Island Monday morning. 

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Mayor Caldwell issues directives to take action against climate change

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a directive to all City departments today to take action addressing climate change and sea level rise.  

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STRAWS documentary debuts at Consolidated Kahala Theatres

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STRAWS is an award-winning documentary that illuminates the problems related with straws and other single use plastic pollution that inundate our waterways and oceans. The film inspires a new path forward. STRAWS will have two screenings for free, at Consolidated Kahala Theatres on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. as a lead-in to Kahala Mall’s annual “How to be a Steward of the Ocean” mall-wide Keiki Day event which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. &...

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Marco Polo resident shares story of life after fire

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A resident from one of the two floors most affected by the Marco Polo fire, Moon Yun Pellerin, shares her story of struggle in the months after the fire burned her 27th floor apartment. Pellerin, who lived there lived with her husband and mother, says they don't plan on returning to the building. We first met her the day of the fire, when she described herself as "homeless," with just the clothes on her back. Her 91-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer's D...

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Marco Polo fire, one year later

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It's a day of reflection for those all of those affected by the fire. Island News spoke to the Red Cross as well as Honolulu EMS, who said the Marco polo fire was the most devastating disaster they've ever had to deal with. Both played key support roles during the fire. Paramedics not only transporting residents to the hospital - but taking care of the firefighters as well. EMS district chief Colin Wong said one of the biggest challenges for him was to send a crew up just a ...

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Wahiawa General Hospital receives Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

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The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has awarded Wahiawa General Hospital the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. 

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Brown Water Advisory issued for Wailua Beach

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Stormwater runoff has entered into coastal waters. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, however, if the water is brown the public is advised to stay out. Continue to practice good personal hygiene and check with your primary care physician if...

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Rocky the Hawaiian Monk Seal gives birth

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NOAA reports that Rocky the Hawaiian Monk Seal has given birth on Kauai.

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HECO releases daily customer counts during infrastructure upgrades

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Hawaiian Electric Company, HECO, released daily customer counts of those affected during their infrastructure upgrades taking place in the Kakaako, Ala Moana, and Iwilei areas. Week 1 Monday, July 16: About 780 residential customers and 50 businesses in Iwilei Tuesday & Wednesday, July 17 & 18: About 675 residential customers and 230 businesses in the Kakaako/Ala Moana areas Thursday, July 19: About 395 residential customers and 125 businesses in the Ala Moana area Week 2... More>>

New hours for disaster recovery centers Video included

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Victims of Oahu and Kauai flooding disasters have just a few more days until outreach offices close. The U.S. Small Business Administration says it's closing disaster loan outreach centers in Honolulu and Kauai counties. Wednesday evening at 6 the centers in Kailua and Kapaa will close. The center in Koloa will close Friday at 5 in the evening. The agency says it opened the centers to give personalized assistance to businesses and residents with no appointment needed to sto...

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Charter school overrun by lava plans its next step Video included

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PUNA - A big island charter school overrun by lava earlier this week is planning its next steps. Kua o ka La  new century public charter school is preparing a new Hilo campus for its 230 students. It only has a few weeks to pull it together before the school year starts on August 6th. It was located in Puna for 16 years, until Thursday, when lava overran the campus. Now based in hilo, where the K - 12 campus will be in two buildings. The school estimates it will cost at lea... More>>

Walking out of Safeway a millionaire Video included

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KAPAHULU - Over the weekend a Honolulu woman walked into Safeway and walked out a millionaire. Safeway staff handed Tiana M. a check for one million dollars on Sunday after playing Safeway's monopoly collect & win game. Tiana is the game's first million dollar winner from Hawaii. The star-advertiser reports the 29-year-old won by entering game ticket codes into a last chance drawing online, beating about 135 million other players across the country.   More>>

H-1 freeway closures begin Monday on Oahu

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Beginning Monday on Oahu, expect slower traffic on the H-1 freeway between the Makakilo Drive Overpass and the Farrington Highway Overpass. One left lane will be closed in both directions. That closure is scheduled for each day this week from 8:30 a.m. until 3 in the afternoon.   More>>

Kua O Ka La Charter School plans for new school year Video included

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A Big Island charter school overrun by lava earlier this week is planning its next steps. Kua O Ka La New Century Public Charter School is preparing a new Hilo campus for its 230 students- and it only has a few weeks to pull it together before the school year starts.  These are the faces of Kua O Ka La Charter School. For 16 years, they called this Pahoa campus their home- until Thursday, when lava overran the campus. Kua O Ka La New Century Public Charter School's business man...

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New poll numbers for governor include dramatic reversals Video included

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The new front-runners were once the underdogs. 

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Businesses, residential customers brace for HECO planned power outages beginning Monday Video included

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Beginning Monday, planned power outages for Iwilei, Kaka'ako, and Ala Moana areas will leave hundreds of customers in the dark. Hawaiian Electric Company will be upgrading underground cables, which it says will help prevent future outages. “We have scheduled three weeks, but it might not take that long.  What we’re trying to do is complete it in two weeks.” Explained HECO spokesperson, Shannon Tangonan. The outages will take place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Mond... More>>

Congressional contender Donna Mercado Kim aims to make Hawaii's voice heard Video included

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Hawaii's first Congressional district race is packed: 13 candidates are vying for US Representative Colleen Hanabusa's seat on Capitol Hill as Hanabusa sets her eyes on the race for governor.  One candidate for that Congressional seat is Donna Mercado Kim. Many know her from her years in Hawaii's state senate, but here's a side of Senator Donna Mercado Kim they may not know: she can sew and do woodwork. 

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Kauai Housing Agency opens Section 8 waiting list

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The Kauai County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program will be accepting applications for its Section 8 HCV waiting list during the open period from 8 a.m. on  Wednesday, July. 18, to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 20. Applications can be completed online at www.waitlistcheck.com/hi005 or www.waitlistcheck.com/hi795-1689. If computer access is unavailable for you, you may apply online by appointment at the following locations:      &nbs...

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The Latest: Kilauea Eruption Update Video included

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Up to the minute changes, video and live reports added here.

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Entangled whale shark spotted on Thursday near Molokini

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A juvenile whale shark with heavy gauge line wrapped around its mid-section was spotted a second time this week. Initial reports of the entangled whale shark were received on Sunday off Olowalu and then on Thursday several commercial snorkel/dive tour companies reported the shark on the backside of Molokini, off Maui's south shore.   Based on photographs, provided by ProDivers, the entanglement represents a tight wrap around the whale shark's body forward of its pectoral fins. Th... More>>

Repair work continues on a 12-inch water main break on Vineyard Blvd.

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The affected area is right by Palama Settlement.

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Tourism is up, but so are Waikiki vacancies

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          Tourism is thriving, so why are there so many empty store fronts in Waikiki? 

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Rocky the monk seal expecting again Video included

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One of Hawaii's most well known Hawaiian monk seals is pregnant again and due around July 15. Rocky became a sensation after giving birth on popular Kaimana Beach last year. She's had 10 pups already and 9 were birthed on a remote beach in Kauai. Last year baby Kaimana, named after the beach, came as a complete surprise to spectators and this year's location may come as a surprise as well.  

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A fire destroyed a Salt Lake home Friday morning Video included

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The fire happened around 9:30 a.m. 

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Lt. Gov. candidates discuss tourism issues at public forum Video included

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Five democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor met in a forum Friday at the Prince Waikiki Hotel, talking tourism.

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Internal poll shows Colleen Hanabusa's campaign leads over Gov. Ige's Video included

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The telephone poll was conducted in July. 

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You can get livestock from the state farm fair this weekend Video included

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The fair opens tomorrow at Kualoa Ranch 

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Planned power outages expected for Iwilei, Kakaako and Ala Moana

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HECO is getting ready to upgrade its underground cables starting Monday night.

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Gubernatorial candidate Colleen Hanabusa touts leadership skills in run for top office Video included

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In the race for governor, two main Democratic candidates will battle in the primaries. One is the incumbent. The challenger is Colleen Hanabusa, currently a US Representative in Congress for Hawaii's First Congressional District. We chat with this longtime politician to see why she wants to run for top office, and what she brings to the table. US Representative Colleen Wakako Hanabusa serves Hawaii’s First Congressional District, in a seat she won by special election in 2016, a... More>>

Chick-fil-A coming soon to Oahu

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The fast-food chain Chick-fil-A announced Thursday that it will be opening up shop on Oahu. 

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Dozens bid Aloha to Hawaii's first courthouse dog Video included

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Prosecutors say popular pooch "Pono" played a crucial role in putting criminals that were close to walking free behind bars.

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Six-year-old reunited with mother after being separated at the U.S-Mexico border Video included

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A child's cries heard around the world, are now sounds of joy. The six-year-old separated at the U.S.- Mexico border is now back with her mother. Cindy Madrid was able to reunite with daughter Alisson in Houston Friday morning.  

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Aloha Friday Forecast

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High pressure to the north of the islands will keep trade winds breezy for Friday with increasing trade wind showers expected this weekend. Trade winds come in out of east at 15-20 mph. Mostly sunny in the afternoon with highs in the upper 80s leeward and middle 80s windward. 

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Man who sparked court system to implement Hawaii language translators, case dismissed Video included

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Charges against a man who insisted on speaking Hawaiian in court were dismissed this week. 

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Colorado's 11th annual "Tube to Work Day" Video included

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On most days, morning commutes are a slow drive on a packed freeway. But, not every "rush hour" has to be stressful. In Colorado Thursday, people traded in four tires for one to make their way to work on the 11th annual tube to work day. It's an Only-In-Boulder event that many call "the greatest traffic jam in the world." Many people had to duck under a few branches here or there, or took a dip or two, but all pretty much agree, it's better than commuting on a...

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New US rule requires broadcasters to report false alerts

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The Federal Communications Commission is adopting a new rule to boost the reliability of emergency alerts after Hawaii earlier this year mistakenly sent warnings to cellphones and broadcasters that a ballistic missile was heading for the state. 

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Big Island firefighter pleads guilty to conspiracy charges Video included

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Ebersole was released Thursday. He will be back in court for sentencing in April. 

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Meet the candidate: Kim Coco Iwamoto Video included

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Iwamoto began her career in the fashion industry, became an attorney, school board member, business owner and now, hopes to become Hawaii's next lieutenant governor. 

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27 hospitals from 6 islands joined forces to simulate disaster event Video included

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It's all part of a live RIMPAC training exercise. 

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Another 22 homeless people off the streets and into shelters Video included

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The city claims about 40-percent of people placed into shelters end up in permanent housing.

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Lawsuit filed over fatal Marco Polo fire Video included

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Saturday will be the one year anniversary of the Marco Polo high rise fire that killed four people. 

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Big Island lava claimed two more structures over the past 24 hours Video included

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Kua O Ka La Public Charter School was built 16-years ago and now it's gone.

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Police investigate possible explosive device near Fort Shafter Army Base, shutting down Middle St.

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HPD and Fort Shafter Police are investigating a possible explosive device along the fence line of Fort Shafter Army Base.

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Telescopes in Hawaii played huge role in solving long-standing cosmic mystery

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Astronomers and physicists around the world have uncovered a long-standing cosmic mystery thanks to telescopes like the ones found in the Aloha State.

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44,000 people affected by storage crash of driver licensing documents

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Approximately 44,000 people who applied for a driver's license or a state ID card have been impacted by a storage crash within the State of Hawaii's driver's licensing programs. 

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NATO allies to commit $33 billion says President Trump Video included

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Trump left Brussels with a bang, landing in London Thursday, but only after a free wheeling, unscheduled press conference.  

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Give your kitchen a makeover with holistic health coach Nina Pullella Video included

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The Aloha Cancer Project is hosting a Kitchen Makeover event. The Aloha Cancer Project was founded by two cancer survivors Daniel Gray and Christa Wittmier, to provide a more positive approach to cancer and cancer treatment. Both were put off by traditional support groups where it felt like more of a pity party, which is sometimes therapeutic, but just not for Daniel and Christa. Wittmier said, "We have events that celebrate the life we are so grateful to still have. W...

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Papa John's founder resigns as chairman after using N-word on conference call

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John Schnatter, the founder and public face of Papa John's pizza, resigned as the company's chairman hours after he apologized for using the N-word on a conference call in May.

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Date St. update: those in Diamond Head and Kapahulu areas urged to conserve water Video included

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Part of Date Street in Kapahulu is still closed Thursday morning. 

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A mobile hygiene unit for those affected by the eruption. Video included

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HAWAII - Thanks to donations from various agencies Hawaii island will soon be getting a mobile hygiene unit. The unit will provide three hot water showers and restrooms for those affected by the eruption. A similar unit was on loan for the past month from project vision O'ahu. One Pu'uhonua 'O Puna volunteer is grateful for the community outpour, Ashley Kierkiwicz said, "everything would not be possible if it wasn't for the generosity of our local and global community.... More>>

Hawaii is getting money to help homeless veterans Video included

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HAWAII - Hawaii is getting more than $600,000 to help homeless veterans get back in the workforce. US Senator Brian Schatz announced Wednesday, that the US Department of Labor awarded this funding to the US Vets and Catholic Charities Hawaii. He says it will help veterans translate their skills from military service to the civilian workforce that includes job skills training, on-the-job training, and job search and placement assistance.    More>>

Hawaii Supreme Court sides with lesbian couple in B&B case

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A Hawaii appeals court ruling that a bed and breakfast discriminated against a couple by denying a room to two women because they're gay will stand after the state's high court declined to take up the case. 

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States brace for abortion fights after Kavanaugh nomination

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Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are looking for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their own constitutions and laws.  

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6 candidates for Hawaii's First Congressional District share stance on local issues Video included

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Six democrats vying for Hawaii U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa's seat in Congress.

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Families of Marco Polo victims suing management companies

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More information on this lawsuit will be released Thursday.

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$7 million of medical marijuana sold in Hawaii over the past 10 months Video included

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The numbers continue to rise.

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Motorcycle safety driving legislation to sign new shoulder lane law Video included

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The DOT will evaluate what other spots could be shoulder accessible. 

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New law hopes to give sexual abuse victims an opportunity to expose their abusers Video included

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Shame and secrecy: experts say that's what sex abuse victims who survived molestation as children carry for years.

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Some pro-athletes from Hawaii join efforts to raise money for volcano communities

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Athletes from the NFL, MLB and UFC are taking part in the challenge. 

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Inside the inferno: the Marco Polo fire one year later Video included

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One year later, we relive the Marco Polo fire that claimed lives and changed laws.

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US Navy now allows women to wear ponytails, lock hairstyles

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The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. 

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Lava takes out not only homes, but native Hawaiian vegetation Video included

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Since the start of the eruptions back on May 3rd 700 homes have been destroyed, that does not include the changes in vegetation. 

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Honolulu and Maui ranked in must-see travel destinations Video included

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Honolulu is getting recognized as one of the top 10 destinations in the country. 

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Drive-thru voting for the primary election set up Video included

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The State Office of Elections is holding a drive-thru voter registration Wednesday and Thursday on the Big Island, O'ahu and Kaua'i. 

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Pregnancy Fitness on Wellness Wednesday Video included

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Alexa Sueda, mother of two and Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii joins Tesia to talk about the importance of fitness during pregnancy.  Dr. Sueda sugested aerobic activity such as walking, swimming, or cycling may help control weight gain during pregnancy, prevent gestational diabetes, and help improve control of blood sugar levels in women who have gestational diabetes.  Strengthening exercises such as yoga, Pilates, and strength training can impro... More>>

Makeup Basics 101 with Fashion Sense Video included

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Makeup Basics 101, life-style expert Valerie Joseph said,  Learn the shelf life of your makeup and a flawless summer face Looks like Summer is here and a good time to take a hard look at what our makeup and beauty tools look like. HACK #1:  THE LIFE OF YOUR MAKEUP   (tools:  3 chalkboard signs, makeup categories) Many people don't realize, but makeup also has a shelf life.  Be sure to dispose of anything old, broken or causes irritation. Here's a general... More>>

Morning Shakas to Honolulu Video included

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Honolulu's getting recognized as one of the top 10 destinations in the country and it gets this Morning's Shakas. "Travel and Leisure Magazine" ranks Honolulu as number 10 on the list. The award is based on sights, landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping and value. The top travel destination is Charleston, South Carolina. Plus, a Hawaiian island landed on the list of top islands in the world. Maui ranked as number 14 on the list. Java, Indonesia too... More>>

Military personal training in Hawaii Video included

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HAWAII - The annual military exercise involves 26 nations and more than 25,000 military personnel training in Hawaii waters until August 2nd. Exercises include bombing the 133,000 acre "Pohakuloa training" area on the Big Island. Former cultural monitor at Pohakuloa Kealoha Pisciotta said, "the whole issue of bombing Hawaii, which the word doesn't seem to understand,that we are being bombed, all over the place and that we're really living in this kind of oppression

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A newly passed bill aiming to earn back the public's trust Video included

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HONOLULU - After multiple scandals involving law enforcement a newly passed bill aims to earn back the public's trust by getting a police standards board. The board would keep an eye on county police officers, state public safety officers and any state agency employee with police powers. Before this Hawaii was the only state to not have a police standards board. The bill establishing one was on Governor David Ige's planned veto list but yesterday he decided ... More>>

All 10 UH campuses making the transition to be tobacco-free

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A new law making all 10 University of Hawaii campuses tobacco-free has gone into effect, and Wednesday marks the implementation process.

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Armed robbery in Volcano has police still on the hunt for the suspect Video included

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Hawaii Island Police are looking for a man wanted for robbing another man at gunpoint.

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Hawaii governor to veto expansion of state's hotel tax

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige plans to veto legislation that would expand the state's hotel tax. 

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Hawaii commission revokes charter for Big Island school

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The Hawaii Public Charter School Commission has revoked a charter contract for a Big Island school after finding nearly two dozen violations. 

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Water main break in Alewa Heights

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ALEWA HEIGHTS - The Board of Water Supply confirms that crews are working on a six-inch main break on Auli'i Street Wednesday Morning. 17 homes are affected and a water wagon will be made available on Auli'i and Puna street. Motorist are asked to avoid the area is possible. 

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Water main break closes part of Date Street in Kapahulu

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Board of Water Supply reports a water main break on Date Street near Kamuela Avenue. West bound traffic on Date Street is closed between Kapahulu Ave. and Kamuela Ave. due to the broken main. No left turn being allowed from Kaphulu Avenue and Kamuela Avenue onto Date Street. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible and use alternate traffic routes. Tune into Island News for the latest update.

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Surveillance video shows seconds leading up to fatal Chinatown crash Video included

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Police say a 56-year-old woman in a White Toyota SUV was heading westbound on Beretania Street when she ran a red light, hit three people in a crosswalk and then crashed into a BMW.

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DLNR asks that you do not feed the seals

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New signs are posted at the small bay near Kahe Power Plant asking people especially fishermen not to feed the Hawaiian monk seals.  The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources reports at least three seals have been spotted looking for food in the bay and some fishermen have been seen tossing them scraps of fish. The DLNR says it's not healthy for the seals and they may start trying to steal food off hooks.  "We do not think anything intentional is occur...

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Gov. Ige vetoes 8 bills but reverses decision on giving Hawaii a police standards board. Video included

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Hawaii Governor David Ige vetoes eight bills Tuesday, but allows three others

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A year after the Marco Polo fire, residents still affected Video included

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The deadly condominium fire at Marco Polo the worst in the history of our state, happened a year ago this Saturday.  Many residents are still dealing with the aftermath.  Eight weeks is the going rate for repairs, and that means "everybody out" when it's your section being worked on. One woman we talked to today went right down to the wire, worried she wouldn't have any place to go! When flames leapt from the Marco Polo building last July, Mary Grillo was among...

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Punalu`u residents demanding action for ponding wastewater

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Just off of Kamehameha Highway, and just in front of the Pat's at Punalu'u apartment complex is a large puddle of wastewater that some say has been here for the past several months. "The solution has just been to cone it off and keep people out of it, that's their solution. I don't know why nothing's been done," said hau'ula resident brian akina. Residents want more done, and the State Department of Health says it's working on it. Two weeks ago it fined Pat's at Punalu'u. ...

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Help needed for students, faculty after K`au School contract revoked Video included

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A day after the state pulled the plug, faculty, and close to a hundred students enrolled at a Ka'u charter school are in limbo on Tuesday.  The Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission is scrambling to help those displaced at Ka'u Learning Academy before the start of the upcoming school year.    The school's contract was revoked after it was cited for 22 Violations. An investigation revealed state funds paid for cell phones for non faculty members. And were als...

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Researchers predict rise of rat lungworm disease in Hawaii Video included

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Rat lungworm, an emerging infectious disease, was found to be widespread in the Hawaiian Islands, according to a study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Researchers found the ringworm parasite to be present in snails and slugs on at least five of the six biggest islands. They predict it will expand inland towards higher elevations as the climate warms.  Infection can cause a rare form of meningitis, and symptoms are not usually seen until 1 to 3 weeks after ... More>>

Tourist or resident, the rules still apply: more citations written in restricted lava areas Video included

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Two more people were cited for being in a restricted area in Lower Puna over the weekend.

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"Miracle, science or what," All 13 trapped in Thailand cave are out Video included

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After nearly three weeks of a grueling search and rescue mission, all 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped inside a Northwest Thailand cave system have been rescued. 

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Hawaii Police report Kawaihae road closed due to downed utility lines

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Hawaii Police Department reports Tuesday that Kawaihae road in South Kohala is closed between mile markers 60 and 61 in both directions due to utility lines on the roadway.   Motorists in the affected area are advised to drive with caution and to avoid the area if possible as police and utility personnel are on scene.  Alternate routes include the Kohala Mountain road to the North and Highway 190 (the Upper road) to Waikoloa road to the South. Island News will have t... More>>

Need a ride? Add the app and lose the key with Drive Hui Car Share Video included

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A total of 70 cars are now available for rent! It's part of the Drive Hui Car Share that has stations across Honolulu. 

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Hero or Villain? Trump’s court pick is in for a fight

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To hear Republicans tell it, Brett Kavanaugh is a skilled and well-respected judge who reveres the Constitution. 

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Morning Shakas: Two local 16-year-olds making waves looking to end plastic pollution Video included

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Research claims there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2025. 

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42,000 meals to those in Puna since May, the Salvation Army continues to serve Video included

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It's been over two months since Kilauea's initial eruption. 

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Update: Pedestrian accident on Beretania leaves one dead, two in the hospital Video included

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A crash that killed an elderly woman and injured two other pedestrians in Chinatown is still being investigated.

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Potential hit and run, body found on the side of Kunia Rd Video included

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A man is dead after a possible hit and run late Monday evening. 

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Dumped liquid is dirty water, not oil, says DOH Video included

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Remember this video from Friday of a man dumping dark liquid into a storm drain in Ewa Beach? The Department of Health investigated, and confirmed it's only dirty water from his backyard, and not oil.  Over the weekend Kurt Favella of the Ewa Beach Neighborhood Board told Island News the man in the video and his family received death threats after the video went viral. Favella says the man has since apologized and hired a clean-up crew to clear out the drai... More>>

Big Island firefighter indicted for lying about affair with Katherine Kealoha Video included

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Another twist in the corruption case against Louis and Katherine Kealoha. Court documents show Katherine spent more than $20,000 on airfare and hotel rooms for her alleged secret boyfriend, Jesse Michael Ebersole, a fire fighter on the Big Island. 

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This freeway closure might shorten your commute Video included

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Starting July 30th for a six month trial period, Department of Transportation is shutting down the Piikoi on-ramp to the H-1 Freeway East-bound from 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. That's peak hours because a study released back in April showed closing it at that time would increase traffic flow with minimal impact on surrounding streets.   Data showed drivers could save about six minutes between the Fort Shafter overpass and Punahou off-ramp. And on side streets the impact was less t... More>>

Affordable housing bill for Laie advances in city council Video included

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The Honolulu City Council advanced a bill today that would permit building hundreds of affordable homes in Laie. Dozens of North Shore residents testified for and against the proposed Envision La'ie community.  Opponents say access to higher paying jobs is a smarter solution so residents can afford to purchase property.   Those in favor disagree, saying a severe shortage of homes forces many to live with multiple 'ohana. "We have actually, at the moment 17 family mem... More>>

27 thousand people on the waitlist for Hawaiian Homelands, according to new study Video included

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The waitlist for Hawaiian Homes remains at 27,000 people, according to a new study commissioned by State Representative Gene Ward. In 1921, Congress promised 203,000 acres of Hawaiian land to go back to Native Hawaiians. Since then, The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has opened 97,000 homesteads, but some question why more hasn't been done over the past century to get tens of thousands of applicants still on the waitlist off of it. "If we don't do anything now there's not g...

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Neighbors have beef with new Wendy's coming

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There are plans in place for a new Wendy's to go up just beyond where the Pali Highway becomes Kailua road in the old Tesoro gas station. When the residents of the Pohakupu neighborhood found out, it wasn't burgers, frosty's and fries that came to mind.  "The noise, the lighting, the smells!" said resident Verna Pacheco.  

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All lanes on Beretania St. reopened after a fatal pedestrian crash

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UPDATE: All lanes at Beretania street between Maunakea street and River street are now opened.

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Bump stocks banned, plus additional gun safety measures signed into law Video included

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Two bills signed into law in attempt to lower gun violence.

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President Trump is set to announce his supreme court nominee tonight Video included

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WASHINGTON - President Trump is set to announce his supreme court nominee to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy in a prime-time televised address tonight.  ABC's Stephanie Ramos reported from outside the Supreme Court: The President is taking a page out of his reality show days, announcing during prime time his pick for the vacant  vacant supreme court seat.  "We are close to making a decision. it's, well let's just say it's the four people. ... More>>

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An unexpected battle over breast-feeding when the U.S. surprised the World Health Assembly by taking a stand against a resolution that supports breast-feeding rather than formula milk. According to the New York times, a delegation from the U.S. threatened nations with retribution on military aid as well as trade.    However the U.S. wasn't successful at stopping the measure. The State Department wouldn't comment to the times on the issue, claiming it can't discuss priv... More>>

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    STRAWS documentary debuts at Consolidated Kahala Theatres

    Monday, July 16 2018 9:11 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:11:17 GMT

    STRAWS is an award-winning documentary that illuminates the problems related with straws and other single use plastic pollution that inundate our waterways and oceans. The film inspires a new path forward. STRAWS will have two screenings for free, at Consolidated Kahala Theatres on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. as a lead-in to Kahala Mall’s annual “How to be a Steward of the Ocean” mall-wide Keiki Day event which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. &...

    STRAWS is an award-winning documentary that illuminates the problems related with straws and other single use plastic pollution that inundate our waterways and oceans. The film inspires a new path forward. STRAWS will have two screenings for free, at Consolidated Kahala Theatres on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. as a lead-in to Kahala Mall’s annual “How to be a Steward of the Ocean” mall-wide Keiki Day event which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. &...

  • Marco Polo resident shares story of life after fire

    Marco Polo resident shares story of life after fire

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:55 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:55:39 GMT

    A resident from one of the two floors most affected by the Marco Polo fire, Moon Yun Pellerin, shares her story of struggle in the months after the fire burned her 27th floor apartment. Pellerin, who lived there lived with her husband and mother, says they don't plan on returning to the building. We first met her the day of the fire, when she described herself as "homeless," with just the clothes on her back. Her 91-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer's D...

    A resident from one of the two floors most affected by the Marco Polo fire, Moon Yun Pellerin, shares her story of struggle in the months after the fire burned her 27th floor apartment. Pellerin, who lived there lived with her husband and mother, says they don't plan on returning to the building. We first met her the day of the fire, when she described herself as "homeless," with just the clothes on her back. Her 91-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer's D...

  • Marco Polo fire, one year later

    Marco Polo fire, one year later

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:54 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:54:24 GMT

    It's a day of reflection for those all of those affected by the fire. Island News spoke to the Red Cross as well as Honolulu EMS, who said the Marco polo fire was the most devastating disaster they've ever had to deal with. Both played key support roles during the fire. Paramedics not only transporting residents to the hospital - but taking care of the firefighters as well. EMS district chief Colin Wong said one of the biggest challenges for him was to send a crew up just a ...

    It's a day of reflection for those all of those affected by the fire. Island News spoke to the Red Cross as well as Honolulu EMS, who said the Marco polo fire was the most devastating disaster they've ever had to deal with. Both played key support roles during the fire. Paramedics not only transporting residents to the hospital - but taking care of the firefighters as well. EMS district chief Colin Wong said one of the biggest challenges for him was to send a crew up just a ...


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