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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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Man shot several times in overnight North Shore standoff Video included

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Honolulu Police are investigating a violent barricade situation that took place 2:00 Saturday morning. A 32-year-old man was shot several times near Kapuai Place on the North Shore.  Emergency Medical Services worked to save his life, then took him to the hospital in critical condition.  

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Waikiki paddle out ceremony celebrates life of late Honolulu sportscaster John Noland Video included

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A celebration of life will be held Saturday for late Honolulu sportscaster John Noland. Noland's ashes will be scattered in waters in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village during a noon paddle-out. 

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Morning Shakas: A new historic agreement to protect 32 federally endangered species on the southern slopes of Mauna Loa Video included

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A new historic agreement to protect 32 federally endangered species on the southern slopes of Mauna Loa. The Safe Harbor Agreement looks after threatened species on Hawaii Island.

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FEMA inspectors calling Big Island residents whose homes are damaged/destroyed by lava Video included

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All 1,261 people who registered, received a registration number. 

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Park officials don't know when Volcanoes National Park will reopen Video included

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Earthquakes continue to rattle the area and there has been continuous explosions from the crater. 

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Hawaii MVP: Ikaika Marzo Video included

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The 34-year-old from lower Puna has been looking out for his community since his childhood.

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Vog causes health concerns as well as colorful sunsets Video included

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A University of Hawaii professor talked to Island News about how to track the vog.

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Another movie shot in Hawaii injected millions of dollars into local economy Video included

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 According to the state, that amount is upwards of $90 million.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell refused to approve bills for rail budget Video included

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Caldwell says his frustration stems from what's expected of HART's budget.

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Biki to provide valet service at Magic Island on the Fourth of July

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Biki members and first-time users are welcome to use the service. 

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'The Red Wave'-President Trump's immigration tweet heard round the nation Video included

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President Donald Trump's policy of separating migrant children from their families at the southern border is making headlines in Washington, and it looks like Trump killed the immigration bill with one tweet he sent out this morning. 

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Hawaii DOE granted $600,000 to recruit former military members for teaching positions Video included

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Are you getting out of the military and looking for a new career? 

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Local Army veteran hosts fundraiser for his WWII-Era film set in Chinatown Video included

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Kailua native Brayden Yoder's new short film Last Taxi Dance tells the story of two characters displaced by war – a native Hawaiian woman and a returned U.S. soldier – at a critical transition point in Hawai`i history when the influx of service members and the federal government during World War II changed the islands forever.  Yoder, who wrote and directed the film, wrapped shooting in February and plans to debut Last Taxi Dance at the Hawai`i Theatre on August 23. ...

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Local realtor launches Hawaii real estate reality show Video included

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Wayne Chi of Gloria Chi realty took over the family business, helping families buy their dream homes in Hawaii. Now he's doing it on TV, for the network HGTV. My Aloha Dream Home premieres June 22nd, at 9 P.M. Hawaii time on Spectrum Cable channel 59.  The program follows a familiar format for similar shows, where a family is shown three houses, each with a unique appeal and by the end of the show, they've selected their dream home

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Hawaii County Mayor Kim released from hospital after sixth heart attack Video included

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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim is out of the hospital and back on the job.

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More than 1,000 lava evacuees without power at the Pahoa Community Center Video included

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Nearly 9,000 Pahoa residents lost power for several hours Thursday, including evacuees.

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Orlando International airport first to use facial recognition technology in U.S. Video included

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Orlando international has become the first u-s airport to commit to using facial recognition technology. It involves using facial biometric cameras that can be put near places like departure gates. The cameras verify a passenger's identity in less than two seconds, and they're 99-percent accurate. Officials say the system will be used to process the five million international travelers that go trough the airport every year. Facial recognition is also being tes...

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Summer swim safety tips on Good Morning Hawaii Video included

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Leahi swim school on Oahu participated in this year's world's largest swimming lesson. Students and instructional staff packed the Momilani community center in Pearl City for the annual event. It's to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children and parents how to swim in hopes of reducing drownings the second leading cause of death for kids under 14. Talk to professionals: if you go to the ocean or a pool, ask area lifeguards or regulars about any rip currents... More>>

About 500 of the 2,300 children separated from their families, reunited Video included

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Today about 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the U.S. Mexico border are together again.  

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Oahu road closures that may slow you down for the first weekend of the summer

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1) PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Up to four lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in both directions between the H-1/H-2 merge and the Aiea Heights Drive overpass on Friday night, June 22, through Sunday morning, June 24, for pavement work.   Friday night ·         Eastbound: Two lanes close at 6:30 p.m. Three lanes close at 7:30 p.m. Four lanes closed at 11 p.m. All lanes reopen at 6:30 a.m. The shoulder will be open. Moanalua R... More>>

Two ex-Navy pilots transport WWII relic to Texas Video included

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About 800 pounds of World War II history is headed to Texas. 

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Hawaii Farm to School program receives $100,000 of federal funding

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The grant is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.

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Gov. Ige signs bill to fund computer science program development at public schools Video included

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The bill was introduced by Maui Representative Justin Woodson.  

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84% of teachers choosing to leave Hawaii increased since 2010 Video included

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Along with stocking up on supplies and cleaning classrooms, schools need to worry about filling vacancies. 

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Officials citing and arresting those snapping selfies near lava Video included

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Officials are arresting and citing people for taking selfies next to the lava. 

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Thirty Meter Telescope construction await two state Supreme Court rulings Video included

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The clock is ticking for construction of TMT on Mauna Kea. 

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Underground tunnel between Kaneohe and Kailua is complete Video included

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The City and County of Honolulu celebrated the final phase of the Waste water Conveyance and Treatment Facilities Project Thursday.

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Uber drivers earning $600 million in tips for the year

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Since Uber introduced in-app tipping, drivers in the U.S. and Canada have earned more than $600 million in tips.

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Free Whoppers for women impregnated by World Cup players, says Burger King ad Video included

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Burger King is apologizing for a World Cup advertisement offering prizes for pregnancy. 

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Water outage in Kaimuki growing, 56 homes affected

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What started as 30 homes without water, has now grown to 56.

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Does your heart health need some love? Just add coffee Video included

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A new study done in Germany wants to counteract the myth that coffee is bad for your heart. 

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Yelp shares the top spots to sip something cold this summer Video included

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You deserve an ice cold drink on a hot summer day.

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OHA asking more Hawaiians to apply for flood, lava relief funds Video included

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OHA secured $250,000 in emergency relief funds for beneficiaries on Kaua'i who are either residents or kalo farmers. The board also approved $250,000 for disaster relief on Hawai'i Island.

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Aging Well: Kupuna Caregivers Program may cut back funding for fiscal year 2018 Video included

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A state program meant to give full time caregivers some financial help may be suffering some setbacks. The Kupuna Caregivers Program initially paid up to $70 a day for five days a week for some services. Now, it may be cutting that back to just one day a week.  Waipio Gentry resident Dwight Inokuma takes care of his mother Jane, who has dementia. Five days a week, he brings her to and from Hale Hauoli Hawaii adult day care. "I love my mom very much. That's why I k...

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Special Olympics Hawaii honors local organizations

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Special Olympics Hawaii honors Hawaii’s Golisano Health Leadership Award recipients - Dental Lifeline Network, Project Vision Hawaii, and Aloha Medical Mission - for their contributions and commitment to improving the health of individuals with intellectual disabilities, including the athletes of Special Olympics Hawaii.  

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Looking for Bruno tickets? Aloha Stadium sold out

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You might want to find a new vendor-Aloha Stadium is sold out of Bruno Mars tickets for both shows. 

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Pets on Set: Firework safety for your pet Video included

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HONOLULU - Suzy Tam from the Hawaiian Humane Society suggest some tips because the 4th of July is right around the corner.  Fireworks are fun for people but can be really scary for pets so a suggestion is to make sure your pets have identification. This includes a microchip, a City and County of Honolulu dog license and a pet ID tag with your phone number so anyone who finds your pet can contact you. Also: Keep your pet in a safe place indoors. If possible, don't leave p... More>>

Shaking up your prehistoric taste buds with food that's out of this world Video included

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Consolidated Theatres is cooking up something out of this world with the theatre's new concession items inspired by the blockbuster film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom!  Die hard Jurassic Park/World fans and hungry customers can sink their teeth into the full movie-going experience with these Jurassic-inspired concession items now available at select Consolidated Theatres locations (prices range from $8 - $16 + tax). So whether it's the t-rex combo, velocirap-taters or the din... More>>

First lady visits migrant children at Texas detention center

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Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to a Texas facility Thursday, talking with children and staff as she got a first-hand look at some of the migrant children sent there by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally. 

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Well-known hiking trail is now closed for repairs Video included

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LANIKAI - Starting today the popular "Lanikai Pillbox Trail" is closing for two months. The upgrade project will cost approximately $250,000 which The Department of Land and Natural Resources was supposed to do back in March but it got postponed because of permit-problems.   More>>

Crowds gather to protest the separation of immigrant children Video included

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HONOLULU - A crowd gathered in front of the Prince Kuhio federal building along Ala Moana Boulevard to protest the separation of immigrant children from their parents. More protests are planned including one on June 30th at Magic Island happening simultaneously with similar events across the country.  Liz Rees from Refuse Fascism said, "the people I've been talking to here locally are very outraged about what's happening so I think that's a good thing. The fact that this ma... More>>

Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor being reburied in Colorado

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A sailor from Kansas who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is being reburied in Colorado, not far from the remains of his family.    

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Create an idea and launch a business in the UH summer start-up Video included

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OAHU - The Summer Start-up Launchpad is a six-week intensive workshop providing hands-on training with the help of a mentor. Teams of students create an idea and launch a business in six weeks.  Those who complete the program get $4000 dollars to kick start their business. Evan Strouse said "having that mentorship and also getting the feedback each week when we do our presentations. the feedback is really helpful." "This right here is the start up poin... More>>

Say 'cheese'-it's National Selfie Day! Video included

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You're totally going to need your cell phone to celebrate today- it's National Selfie Day. 

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Ex Hawaiian Airlines worker faces court Video included

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One of three Hawaiian Airlines baggage handlers accused of stealing guns from passenger bags could learn his fate in court today. Kahai Lindsey from Wailuku changed his plea to guilty back in March and Hawaiian Airlines officials say the lawfully declared firearms were reported stolen from checked baggage back 2016. Maui police arrested Lindsey that October. Lindsey had been with the airline for about 10 years.  More>>

President Trump says this executive order will keep immigrant families at the border together Video included

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WASHINGTON - With a quick signature President Trump did what he said he could not do.  "We are signing an executive order. We are going to keep families together," said the President. Putting a stop to the separation of families crossing into the U.S. Illegally.  This comes 75 days after more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents. "I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated," Trump said. Overnight... More>>

Giant telescope project before Hawaii Supreme Court again

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Hawaii's Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in an appeal of a decision to grant a construction permit for a giant telescope planned for the state's tallest mountain. 

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Big Island officials reject temporary tax hike

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Big Island officials have killed a measure that would have temporarily raised the general excise tax by 0.25 percent and plugged a $5 million budget hole.  

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Equipment stall on Moanalua Freeway

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MOANALUA - Expect delays this morning as two right lanes on Moanalua Freeway are closed. Westbound direction from Middle Street to Puuloa Road is closed according to the Department of Transportation. Utilizing the H-1 airport viaduct would be a good alternate. More>>

U.S. Military eyes three locations for new missile detecting radar

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The U.S. Military is considering Kuaokala Ridge near the U.S. Air Force Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station or one of two sites at the U.S. Army's Kahuku Training area for its new Homeland Defense Radar.

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A patient died from Legionnaires' Disease on Oahu Video included

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There's been four recent cases on Oahu, all involving patients over the age of 50, each with serious underlying medical conditions.

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Attempted murder defendant Malik Morton's case postponed to July Video included

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An Oahu woman struggling to live a normal life again after a hit and run crash upended her life is still waiting for closure. Alisha Brown says she wants justice. Brown faced off in court Wednesday against the man accused of running her down, Malik Morton. He faces multiple attempted murder charges after witnesses say he drove his car deliberately into a crowd after an Ewa Beach party in 2016. Then-18-year-old Brown was in the group of teens.  "I just want justic...

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One chip helps Big Island disaster efforts Video included

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               One giant Doritos chip will provide a big boost to the Big Island's disaster response.          Not to feed evacuees, instead the single chip raised a lot of money for relief efforts. 

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Kauai police arrested a 62 year old man after he allegedly killed a woman

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The victim has been identified as 67 year old Joellen Hartman. 

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Local taxi companies aren't pleased with mayor's decision on ride-sharing bill Video included

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The controversial call to veto Bill 35 also eliminates other measures industry executives say are vital.

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A new law aims to get abandoned cars off the streets faster Video included

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Cars were required to be kept in tow yards for months, sometimes years before going to public auction.

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Finding a job after college within your major can be tough for some Video included

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How are recent Hawai’i college grads fairing when it comes to finding careers within their degree?

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Woman located and by U.S. Marshals in Ewa Beach, wanted for 2nd degree murder in Virginia

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A 22 year-old Ewa Beach woman was located and arrested by U.S. Marshals and HPD Wednesday.  

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In time for summer: Iolani Palace bringing back military and kamaaina pricing!

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Starting July 1st 2018, with a valid ID kamaaina and military members can go on an audio tour of the palace for $16 or a guided tour for $23.  

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Woman claims she can see President Trump inside her puppy's ear Video included

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Many things the World Cup trending on the web, but one photo takes the #WeirdWednesday cake.

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Lava affected residents are urged to register for FEMA assistance, no county letter needed

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Those affected by the Kilauea eruption are urged to register for individual assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, whether or not they have a county letter stating damages or costs from the disaster.

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Governor Ige responds to the separation of families at the border Video included

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Governor Ige responds to families being separated at the border. 

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Wellness Wednesday: Spartan Strong Video included

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PEARL CITY - High intensity workouts burn calories in a shorter amount of time than just running. Your metabolic rate is higher than just weightlifting, and oxygen consumption improves similar to long sessions of continuous running or cycling at a steady rate...If you didn't get all that, than maybe you'll get this...a medal, tons of fun and bragging rights.    For the first time ever 24-Hour Fitness and Spartan Race partner up and offers a challenging class ... More>>

Fashion Sense: Travel hacks for jets-setters and how to create a mix and match wardrobe Video included

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Part 1, Segment #21:  Travel hacks for jets-setters  Tomorrow is the 1st official day of Summer and may mean travel plans are on the horizon of most people's agenda.  Wherever your itinerary takes you, here's a few travel hacks from lifestyle expert, Valerie Joseph:  HACK #1: Use straws to pack travel-sized proportions (the look: straws, scissors, pliers, lighter, travel sized containers) •    Cut straw into 3 sections •    ... More>>

In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

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Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally.

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There's new hope for coral Video included

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HAWAII - Researchers with ties to the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology released a new report yesterday. The report shows hope for the declining health of coral reefs across the state. Researchers found 38 coral-communities in french Polynesia and the Caribbean that rebounded from catastrophic damage in recent years. They are planing to study it and look for ideas to revive coral around the world. More>>

Congresswoman introduces Keep Families Together Act Video included

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HONOLULU - Hawaii US Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa introduced the keep families together act yesterday along with about 200 of her colleagues  It is a measure prohibiting mass family separation directly against policies of the president and for immigrant families seeking asylum in the US.  More>>

Schools and venues in Salt Lake City ban lei at graduation ceremonies

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Pacific Islander communities in Utah are feeling discriminated against as some high schools don't allow students to don leis and other ornamentation at graduation.

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Missile Defense Agency answers questions on environmental impacts at public meeting Wednesday

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The Missile Defense Agency wants your input as they work to protect us from any possible missile attacks. 

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Canada passes 'Cannabis Act,' legalizing recreational marijuana Video included

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Canada is now the second nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Lights out in parts of Pacific Palisades Wednesday as HECO makes upgrades Video included

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Widespread power outages are in store for Pacific Palisades residents and businesses Wednesday.

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Trump says he’ll be ‘signing something’ on detained children

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President Donald Trump said he would be signing an executive order later Wednesday that would end the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the border illegally. 

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Newly installed surveillance cameras are now in service at Waialae Beach Park

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Seven vandal-resistant surveillance cameras are now in service at Waialae Beach Park in Kahala in an effort to curb illegal activity.  The cameras and digital storage cost just under $2,000 and comes after five sinks were destroyed earlier this year.  More>>

Big Island police search for 89-year-old Akio Yogi

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Big Island Police are looking for 89-year-old Akio Yogi, who went missing and was last seen on Highway 11 in Mountain View around 6 p.m. Monday night.

He has a medical condition that requires medication. 

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Alaska airlines continues its growth with three non-stop flights between Sacramento and Kona

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Beginning on December 20, 2018 Alaska Airlines will continue its growth along the West Coast.

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Oahu stores required to charge for paper, plastic bags starting July 1 Video included

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Paper or Plastic? Starting next month, either one will cost you 15-cents per bag at the store.

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Kauai County Mayor Carvalho signs Emergency Permitting bill

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Kauai County Mayor Bernard Carvalho signed an Emergency Permitting bill into law Tuesday allowing the Planning Department to expedite permits for homes damaged during the record rainfall. The law is in effect for sixty days and it only applies to structures classified as homestead, residential, or agricultural.  

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Navy sailors honor 97-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory

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Five hundred and twenty Navy sailors saluted 97-year-old Pear Harbor survivor Ray Emory in a surprise ceremony on Tuesday.  He visited the pier where his ship, the USS Honolulu, was moored on December 7, 1941.  This visit is possibly his last as he will be moving to Boise, Idaho to live with his son. Emory is known for his effort to get the military and Department of Veterans Affairs to identify hundreds of Pearl Harbor servicemen buried as unknowns. ... More>>

Caldwell vetoes rideshare bill, introduces changes Video included

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Mayor Caldwell has vetoed a bill that would have capped prices on rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber. The City Council voted six to three in favor of Bill 35 back on June 6th. Rideshare drivers opposed the bill, while taxi drivers said it would have leveled the playing field. If the mayor signed the bill, it would have been the first restriction of its kind in the US. 

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Honolulu police are searching for 31-year-old Francisco Casillas

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Honolulu Police are looking for 31-year-old Francisco Casillas who is wanted for a three million dollar "extradition warrant" out of Pomona, California.

He also goes by the names Franky and Adrian Nunez.

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State lawmakers urged to grant money for volcano destruction Video included

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The Hawaii County Council is urging state lawmakers to create a special legislative session. The county needs more money because of the on-going destruction caused by eruptions in Leilani Estates. The Hawaii County Council wants the Legislature to address Emergency Funding Assistance. It's members are talking specifically about money to pay for County employees continued overtime costs road repairs shelter and an anticipated shortage of revenue from real property taxes. With ne... More>>

North bound lanes on Kalihi St. have been reopened

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Honolulu Police report that all north bound lanes on Kalihi street have been reopened.

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52-cent L&L plate lunches had people waiting in line for almost 24 hours Video included

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At L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, lunch specials kicked off at 10 a.m. Tuesday and ran until noon. 

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Shooting in Aiea near Aloha E-Liquids, police still searching for suspects Video included

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Police are investigating an apparent shooting in Harbor Center. 

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Child Welfare Services says social workers are overworked, seeking help from lawmakers Video included

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Peter Boy Kema suffered repeated abuse. The mystery behind his death captivated so many for years.  Some say the Department failed him.  More harsh criticism against the department surfaced again in 2016. Others claiming more could've been done to prevent a Hilo family from allegedly starving a 9-year-old girl to death. During a briefing at the state capitol, the Department said its at wits end. Child Welfare Services says social workers are overworked and are for...

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Legionella outbreak investigated by Hawaii Health Department

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The State Health Department's investigating four cases of legionella infection, a strain of the pneumonia disease, all treated at Queen's Medical Center -- It went airborne from water through spraying, misting, and splashing. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also on-board, trying to find out if exposure came from inside or outside the hospital. People with weak immune systems are more vulnerable to legionella infection, but it's not necessarily transmitted person-... More>>

Parallel road proposed for Waianae Coast Video included

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     Traffic in and out of Oahu's west side is always one mishap away from a major tie-up. People have talked for years about planning a relief road, but could it actually be happening?      

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Furry new firefighter for Honolulu Fire Department Video included

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The Honolulu Fire Department is welcoming it's newest member, Kukui the dog. Kukui and her handler Captain Michael Carter gave a demonstration Tuesday of her skills in sniffing out accelerants.  

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Hiker's body recovered from Sleeping Giant trail Video included

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The body of a Kaua'i man was recovered Tuseday morning from the Sleeping Giant trail after he apparently fell to his death Monday afternoon. Honolulu Police Department has identified the man as 24 year old Hunter Bilbo of Wailua Homesteads.  The victim was hiking the Nounou Trail, also known as Sleeping Giant, late Monday afternoon when he fell over the edge of a cliff and landed about 200 feet below, according to police. Kapa‘a firefighters and Rescue 3 personnel aboard... More>>

‘Don’t leave me, Mom’: Detainee tells of separation from son

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The call came at mealtime-an anonymous threat demanding $5,000 or her son’s life.

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Studies show that not being married may literally break your heart Video included

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A healthy marriage may be good for the heart, the real heart, the one inside your body. 

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Interactive lava map: Another explosion at the summit, continuous fountaining from fissure 8 Video included

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Live image from USGS from the Kilauea Summit show another explosion just after 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, producing a 5,000 foot-high plume.

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A fight over royal property: who owns the heiress' home, the family or her previous employees? Video included

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A maid and a chauffeur who used to work for Hawaiian Heiress Abigail Kawananakoa are getting the royal boot. 

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'A New World' video game educating players on history of Hawaii Video included

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The group Kanae 'o kana created this game called He Ao Hou, or "A New World."

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Fire on top of Kaka'ako high rise has investigators searching for the cause Video included

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Investigators are looking into what started a fire Monday night on top of a Kaka'ako high rise.

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HFD extinguishes fire at a high rise on Queen street

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The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) responded to a building fire located at 1001 Queen Street Monday night at 10:32 p.m.. The first HFD unit arrived at 10:35 p.m. to find a 40-story residential building with flames visible on the roof. Personnel established command, secured a water source, and commenced with firefighting operations to prevent further fire spread and extinguish the fire.  It was reported that the building is still under construction and no residents are oc... More>>

Apparent shooting in 'Aiea prompts police investigation

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Honolulu police are investigating an apparent shooting in 'Aiea.

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Big Island mayor back in hospital after heart attack

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Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is back in the hospital after suffering another heart attack Saturday.

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Maui woman mourned by family after dying during transplant surgery Video included

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Family and friends of Jessica Vares mourn her unexpected death. She was receiving her second liver transplant when she died.

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McCoy Withdraws Insanity Defense in Sex Trafficking Case

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Sex Trafficking suspect Isaiah McCoy notified federal court via another hand-written letter on Monday that he is not going through with his planned Insanity Defense. McCoy is representing himself, and is facing seven counts of Sex Trafficking. He is accused of forcing, threatening, and coercing young women into prostitution. Last Tuesday he submitted a letter written in pencil informing the court of his intent to use the Insanity Defense.  In Delaware, before moving to Hawaii...

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44-year-old man in serious condition after stabbing on Kuhio ave.

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A 44-year-old man is in serious condition after a stabbing that occurred on Kuhio avenue Monday night at 6:13 p.m. Emergency Medical Services treated serious injuries and transported the man to the hospital.   Island News will have the latest updates. ?

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Hiking dangers in the heat Video included

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        With summer-like weather upon us, the sweltering heat has hit some hikers hard.     

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Hawaii Island Humane Society receives $5,000 disaster relief grant

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The Hawaii Island Humane Society has received a $5,000 disaster grant from the Petfinder Foundation. The Petfinder Foundation disaster grant program is used to assist Petfinder members during hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, earthquakes and other events that can devastate animal shelters and rescue groups. The disaster grants provide help when a natural or man-made disaster hits a community.   The Hawaii Island Humane ... More>>

Lanikai Pillbox Trail to close in June through the rest of the summer for upgrades

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Starting June 21st, the popular Lanikai Pillbox Trail is closing for two months for a facelift. 

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Maui hit and run victim identified Video included

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The man who died in a hit and run crash on Saturday has now identified as 36-year-old Joey Ruiz of Kahului.  Police say Ruiz was driving a moped on Puunene Avenue near the intersection of Airport Access Road when a car rear ended him, pushing Ruis and his moped along the the road for about a block. The woman riding behind Ruiz on the moped was ejected and taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center with serious injuries. Police closed the road for 9 hours after this crash.  Mau...

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Cats linked to the death of three more Hawaiian monk seals

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Cats are killing Hawaiian monk seals.

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Interactive lava map coverage shows a previously quiet fissure opening back up Video included

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New video from USGS showing fast-moving lava from fissure 8's vent. 

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Governments proposing graphic warning labels to help cut back on sugary drink habits Video included

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Sugary drinks.  Delicious.  And the definition of "added sugar," contributing to major health problems like obesity and diabetes. 

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Rat-sniffing dogs hired to help protect seabirds on Lehua Island Video included

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Two dogs are joining a state effort to remove rats from a seabird sanctuary.

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Mayor Kim recuperating at Hilo Medical Center after mild heart attack

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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has been resting at Hilo Medical Center after suffering  a mild heart attack early Saturday morning.

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Good Morning Konishiki! Video included

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HONOLULU - Salevaa Atisanoe "Konishiki" will be performing at the Blue Note on Wednesday June 20th 6:30PM - 9PM. Konishiki and his wife graced Good Morning Hawaii with song and dance on this mele Monday. This year Konishiki's children show makes 16 years this year that runs five days a week two times a day. A busy man with a radio show every year, 13 CD's, four books. This Hawaiian-born Japanese-Samoan former sumo wrestler continues to give back to his community and in... More>>

Big Island graduates get this Morning's Shakas Video included

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HAWAII - A celebration of accomplishments for Big Island graduates. The "Akamai Workforce Initiative" is a program that offers local college students internships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics "STEM". An "Akamai Hana Hou" event was held in Hilo over the weekend. Intern alumni participated in mock interviews, resume workshops, and a job fair with local stem industry companies. The director Lisa Hunter said, "the g... More>>

The suspect in Kalihi stabbing is set to plea today Video included

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KALIHI - 28-year-old Lance Moaila is charged with first degree attempted assault and terroristic threatening. The stabbing happened back on June 4th on Pu'uhale Road near Hart Street. Te victim was taken to the hospital in serious condition an Moaila was later arrested at a nearby illegal game-room. More>>

HNL hooks up with new company connecting travelers to free Wi-Fi

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Free unlimited Wi-Fi now available throughout the Daniel K Inouye International Airport, with new coverage in Terminals 1 & 2, all thanks to Boingo Wireless and the Hawaii Department of Transportation. 

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Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

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Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds.

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Your cell phone will soon share it's location with officials Video included

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Your iPhone will soon be able to share your exact location data with 911.

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This fast food chain is choosing paper over plastic Video included

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McDonald's says it will start testing alternatives to plastic straws at some of its American locations later this year. 

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Maui hit-and-run kills father, results in one arrest

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Police say 36-year-old Joey Ruiz of Kahului died after a car rear ended him then pushed him and his moped about a block. It happened on Puunene Avenue near the intersection of Airport Access Road. The woman riding behind Ruiz on the moped was ejected and taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center with serious injuries. Police closed the road for nine hours after this crash.  Marianne Viernes was one of the first one the scene after the crash. She ran up to comfort Ruiz. "... More>>

Canoe controversy as owners question state's evictions Video included

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The state says it's going to impound canoes and catamarans that are illegally stored at Lanikai Beach. It tagged about 100 for removal. Canoes are considered to be part of Hawaiian history, and they've been part of the landscape at Lanikai Beach for generations, but on Friday, notices to vacate have been taped on. 

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Summer family fun at KIDS FIRST! film festival

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The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Outreach College presents the 12th Annual KIDS FIRST! Film Festival on 4 consecutive Sundays, June 24 and July 1, 8, and 15 at the UH Manoa Art Auditorium. Film screenings The free screenings are comprised of award-winning international shorts; new episodes of the television series, Molang; the interactive, animated and live-action film, Shimajiro and the Rainbow Oasis; and a special closing event with writer/director Dan Chuba presenting hi... More>>

Big Island Mayor Reflects on Lava Flow Video included

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Hundreds of Big island residents have lost homes to the lava flows of this eruption. For some, more than just their house is gone, but prized possessions, even a part of their history. Like many others, Mayor Harry Kim lost a home when the flows overran Kapoho on their way to the ocean. But for him, the loss of his home pales in comparison to the loss of Kapoho itself. (harry kim/big island mayor  z drive--> paul big island--> mayor kim@5:42) "I bought that in 1971, c...

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New tax credit to health professionals who train Video included

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Starting January, volunteer health professors can get tax credit for training future doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.  More than 12-hundred physicians in Hawaii also volunteer as medical professors - also known as "preceptors." They donate their time to train students at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, allowing future doctors to learn first-hand from experienced doctors while “on the job.” A new law signed last week allows prec... More>>

Motorcyclist in serious condition after auto accident

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A motorcyclist is being treated for multiple serious injuries after an accident at the intersection of Namur Rd. and Salt Lake Blvd. on Sunday morning. 

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Six hikers treated, five airlifted to safety Video included

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Paramedics spent a lot of time at Diamond Head helping injured hikers on Sunday. Honolulu Emergency Medical Services says it treated six people, all in separate incidents, Sunday morning between 9 and 11 o'clock. Firefighters had to airlift five of those people off the hike. Paramedics only took one person, a 17 year old girl, to the hospital in serious but stable condition. The other patients ages ranged from 10 to 60 years old. EMS says heat and dehydration were factors...

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These two dogs are helping eradicate an invasive species Video included

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Two dogs are joining a state effort to remove rats from a seabird sanctuary.  These two Border Terriers, Henry and Reese, are sniffing out rats on Lehua Island. When they find them, humans can go in and lay bait. Scientists say the rats prey on seabird chicks and eat the native plants. The state started this eradication effort last summer, and say they're seeing more albatross than before.  "Ecologically speaking it still looks really good," said Mele Khalsa of I... More>>

Vehicle fire produces large billows of smoke on H1 freeway Video included

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A large vehicle fire occurred on the H1 freeway and Waimalu exit heading Eastbound Sunday afternoon. Honolulu Fire Department responded to the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation. Island News will have the latest updates.

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5.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Kilauea summit, no tsunami threat

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A 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck Kilauea summit just before 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The quake was associated with an ash explosion from Halema’uma’u crater, and was not strong enough to generate a tsunami. The plume extended to about 5,000 feet above sea level and drifted southwest with possible ashfall at downwind locations.

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Man taken to hospital after car crash on H2 Video included

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A 23-year-old man is in the hospital after crashing head-on, on the H2 freeway Sunday morning. Emergency medical services says he was going south on the H2 in Wahiawa just before 3 a.m. when he hit another driver near the exit for Wheeler Army Airfield. He's in serious condition. The 26-year-old woman driving the other car, was treated at the scene.  

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Tensions high for Bruno Mars' second concert ticket sales Video included

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Tensions continued to build Saturday at Aloha Stadium as fans battled out the final stretch of scoring Bruno Mars tickets. Some fans expressing frustration and anxiety, while others couldn’t contain their excitement after waiting out the final.  "4 days…I’m hot, tired and I’d like to go home and sleep now.” Said fan Malcolm Ahlo. Some questioned why others were able to purchase tickets online, before the expected 10:00 a.m. sales began. L...

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Suspect charged in ex-sportscaster's death Video included

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Fifty-eight-year-old Mark Coleman is charged with manslaughter on Saturday in connection with the death of former Honolulu sportscaster John Noland. Coleman is accused of beating John Noland last weekend in Chinatown. The former TV anchor was found unconscious at around 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, on Maunakea Street. He remained in a coma at the hospital until he died Friday night. Police report no items were taken from Noland, but believe robbery wa...

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Marcus Mariota meets fans Video included

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A favorite hometown athlete is in town this weekend for a meet-and-greet with fans! Hundreds lined up to meet Tennessee Titan quarterback Marcus Mariota today. This is one of four Walmarts on Oahu he's going to. Each group was allowed to take one photo with him. He's going back to the mainland soon for the start of football season and wanted to take the time to thank his supporters. 

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Saturday's explosive event at Halemaumau Crater Video included

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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports an explosive event at Halemaumau Crater at 10:22 Saturday morning. The explosion had the energy of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake. Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone remains very active with 170 foot tall lava fountains, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says. This activity means volcanic gas emissions remain very high. Winds are expected to continue to bring vog to the central, southern and western parts of Hawaii Island. Due to the hazardous...

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Neighbors protest "monster home" in Manoa Video included

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Residents of Manoa Valley are saying the hundred-year-old, 7 bedroom former residence of Dr George Straub on Paty Drive has been converted into 6 illegal rentals. Dale Gilmartin who lives next door calls it a monster home because of its size and the number of people living in it. "There are between 12 and 20 people living there including a person operating a used car dealership," said Gilmartin. She says she found ads on Craiglist renting out 6 different sect... More>>

Bruno Mars ticket issues prompt state's advice for consumers

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In view of the high demand for tickets to the Bruno Mars November concerts at Aloha stadium and resulting consumer frustration, the State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) provides the following statement. “Time and time again consumers are being left out in the cold when trying to purchase tickets to concerts and sporting events in high demand. It’s against the law to use computer software to game the system. If we obtain evidence that bots or other illegal m...

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Former Honolulu sportscaster is dead after he was beaten into a coma Video included

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Police arrested  58-year-old Mark Coleman on suspicion of attempted murder for the beating that left former Honolulu sportscaster John Noland in a coma. Noland was found unresponsive on Maunakea Street in Chinatown at about 1:40 in the morning on June 9, with head injuries. "The male was actually involved in an  altercation where he was struck several times and fell down and hit his head," said Honolulu Police Department Acting Major Walter Ozeki.  ...

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Beautiful survivor: Kupono Kahapea Video included

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Not all superheroes wear capes and fight bad guys, Kupono Kahapea fought his battles in a hospital gown. 

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The wait to score Bruno Mars concert tickets gets heated at Aloha Stadium Video included

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After camping out for days about 750 people were allowed into Aloha Stadium this morning hoping to get one step closer to scoring Bruno Mars tickets.  

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Second fatal pedestrian incident along a freeway in two days Video included

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A woman wandering on the H-2 was hit by a truck and killed near the Wilikina Drive on-ramp. 

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60-year-old man dies in pedestrian accident in Kaaawa Video included

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Island News has updates on the fatal pedestrian incident near Kualoa Ranch that left one man dead and three others in serious condition. 

The incident took place around 12:40 a.m. Friday morning on Kamehameha highway. 

Police on scene tell us a 38-year-old Kaneohe man was driving his truck Kahuku-bound, when he hit a parked mini-van on the Makai side of the highway.

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Bernard Carvalho to sign emergency permitting bill Video included

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Mayor Bernard Carvalho hopes to speed up recovery in Kauai after record rainfall back in April. Mayor Carvalho says he plans to sign county bill 2713 into law next week which will expedite the permit process. It would wave fees for flood victims with homestead, residential, or agricultural lands. The bill would only be in effect for sixty days but it will lay the groundwork for permanent regulations in the future. More>>

Ask the Doctors: Ekahi Well Care Video included

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Fifty percent of adults here in Hawaii are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. That is about 150,000 people in our state with diabetes. Ekahi Well Care's team focuses on helping participants better manage diabetes. Island News sat down with Program Director Robert Walker who explains how Ekahi Well Care does this.   

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Aloha Friday weather forecast and surf!

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A taste of your Aloha Friday weather forecast, plus surf!

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Mariota to visit four Oahu Walmart stores before returning to the mainland

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Hawaii's Marcus Mariota, is scheduled for brief in-store appearances at four Oahu Walmart stores before returning to the mainland for the start of football season.   Locations include the Kapolei, Pearl City, Honolulu, and Mililani Walmart stores. Fans who would like to meet the Heisman winner may begin lining up in each store four hours prior to the start of the events. A limited number of wristbands will be distributed, allowing fans to meet Mariota. One photo allowed ... More>>

The Aloha Stadium has reached capacity for eager Bruno Mars fans

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Hundreds of eager Bruno Mars fans gathered outside the Aloha Stadium Friday morning waiting to get in line for a chance to see the highly anticipated second Bruno Mars concert with opening acts The Green and Common Kings. Fans were not officially able to stand in line until 8:00 a.m. Friday June 15th, but that didn't stop them from lining up ahead of time to increase their chances of getting coveted tickets to the show. Island News was at Aloha Stadium this morning and was told... More>>

Mayor Harry Kim taken to the emergency room, diagnosed with relapse of pneumonia

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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim was taken to the emergency room early Friday morning where he was diagnosed with a relapse of pneumonia.

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Ukulele sensation Taimane is Playing for Change and releases a new music video Video included

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HAWAII - Ukulele sensation strums us into the weekend on Good Morning Hawaii and talks about her new album.  The musician Taimane recently headlined a concert at Hilo Palace Theater where the full house included many who have been severely impacted by the recent lava activity. She continues to share her love for music and nature releasing a new album last week that took almost three years to create. When asked in an interview what her vision for the album was she said, "the...

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Oprah strikes deal with Apple as new Hollywood content wars heat up

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Apple has signed Oprah Winfrey to a multiyear deal for new original programs.

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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa meets with government agencies on the Big Island today Video included

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HAWAII - US Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa is on the Big Island today. She will meet with government agencies involved in the disaster response. Congresswoman will also speak at the Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association's Disaster Emergency Resource meeting. This week, she will be sending a letter to the Chairman of the House Natural Resources asking for a hearing on volcano hazards. Wrtiing, she foresees the  US geological survey having an increased role in Hawa... More>>

Morning Shakas: A Hawaiian designer creates a dress for an actress Video included

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NEW YORK - A Hawaiian designer creates a stunning dress for actress Sigourney Weaver and he gets this morning's shakas. Mana'ola Yap designed the intricate teal gown for Weaver to wear at the New York Botanical Garden's Conservatory Ball. The theme of the event was "Celebrate Hawaii" and featured native Hawaiian plants and the "Georgia o' Keeffe's visions of Hawaii" exhibit.  Manaola Yap also debuted an exclusive couture collection at the ball. More>>


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