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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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Two new tours debut at Pearl Harbor

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The National Park Service and Pacific Historic Parks launched two new tours at Pearl Harbor this week. The USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour offers visitors the use of a smart phone and headset to listen to a guided tour through two museums, aboard the memorial, and throughout the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center allows visitors to use a high-quality virtual reality viewer to experience three separate tours

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HPD hiring radio dispatchers

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The Honolulu Police Department is hiring radio dispatchers to help coordinate police response to complaints, emergencies, and other requests for assistance. The job involves dealing directly with the public and on-duty police officers while inputting information into a computer. Those interested should be able to work clearly and calmly under pressure. To apply visit the "As Seen On" section of kitv.com. More>>

Embezzling $860,000 puts a former accountant behind bars for 10 years

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A former accountant for four different companies embezzled more than $860,000 and receives his sentence.

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A hot local-style breakfast and helping hundreds of homeless families get affordable housing Video included

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This aloha Friday, July 20, Finance Factors will host its 23rd annual Charity Breakfast to benefit Kahauiki Village, an affordable housing community for hundreds of homeless families, through the aio Foundation. Steven Teruya, President and COO of Finance Factors and Melvin Kaneshige, Project Developer, of Kahauiki Village joined Good Morning Hawaii.  More than 70 Finance Factor employees will serve a traditional local-style breakfast of Kukui brand Portuguese sausage, eggs... More>>

Ohana Control Systems claims it warned Marco Polo board to upgrade fire alarm system

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One of the companies named in the Marco Polo Condominium fire lawsuit is speaking out. Amir Borochov, the president of Ohana Control Systems, says the company repeatedly told the condo's board of directors to upgrade the fire alarm system because it does not meet current fire code requirements. Ohana did not install the system, but it conducts yearly inspection and maintenance. Ohana adds the system was "grand-fathered in," meaning the need to upgrade it is not mandated b... More>>

Police locate vehicle involved in Kunia deadly hit-and-run crash

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Honolulu Police have found the vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Kunia on July 10th. Thanks to an anonymous tip, the Ford F-150 truck with damages consistent with debris found at the scene was located on July 14th. No word yet whether the driver was located. A motorist found the body of 49-year-old Meechok Chanphut of Kunia on the side of the road. 

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Mayor Caldwell issues directives to take action against climate change Video included

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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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A lone couch that brought a community together Video included

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BREVARD COUNTY - An abandoned couch is bringing the community together in Palm Beach. Greg Pallone takes us to spot where dozens of people are snapping "selfies" after a picture of the couch went viral. A festive atmosphere Sunday night in an unlikely place. A pop-up living room on a sidewalk on Palm Bay road, it's centerpiece is an old couch.  Visitor Megan Mannon said, "It fell off someone's truck about three weeks ago." And there, the loveseat lay until t... More>>

The President returns after his summit with Russia's President Video included

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WASHINGTON -     This morning President Trump is back in Washington after his summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. In an effort to improve US-Russian relations, Trump appeared to side with Putin on denials of Russia election meddling sparking outrage. ABC's Kenneth Moton reported.  President Trump back at the white house, welcomed by protests after his extraordinary one on one with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The president side by side with the ma... More>>

Community meeting Tuesday night to discuss latest on lava

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Hawaii County Civil Defense says so far, 706 structures are destroyed by lava.

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Archaeologists find 14,400 year old bread in a Desert Video included

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How long do you keep bread till you have to throw it out? Well a bread that researches found was well beyond expired. Flat bread found at an archeological site in Jordan's black desert was believed to have been baked 14,400 years ago.  In addition to being a really, really long time ago that was also 400 years before farming was known to be common. 

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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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Tuesday Surf Report Video included

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Amy Dee brings us the surf, East 4-6', South 2-4', West 1-3', flat to 2' for the North.  According to the National Weather Service, Locally breezy trade winds may cause choppy surf along east facing shores to approach the High Surf Advisory criteria from Wednesday into Thursday. Surf along along east facing shores is expected to gradually lower from Friday through this weekend as the trade winds weaken. A series of reinforcing south and southwest swells will maintain small to mo... More>>

MGM Resorts fighting back against Las Vegas shooting victims by suing them

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According to recent reports MGM International Resorts is fighting back against over 1,000 Las Vegas shooting victims by suing them.

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Tuesday Weather Video included

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Trade wind conditions with slightly higher rain chances by midweek. Wednesday, a few morning rains mainly windward. Leeward areas will see some cloud cover and sunshine and should again reach the upper 80s lower 90s.  Winds will remain breezy at 10-25 mph because of high pressure to the north.  Surf: flat-2' N, 1-3' W, 4-6' E, 2-4' S.  ? More>>

Power restored to Iwilei and Kaka'ako customers

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Hawaiian Electric Company says as of 4:22 a.m., all customers have been restored in the Iwilei area. The customers were affected by the planned outage during infrastructure upgrades. Work resumes Tuesday night at 10 p.m. There are no lane closures

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Trump embraced Putin, America groaned. What happens next?

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President Trump's dilemmas and options when it comes to acting on the political playbook with Russia President Vladimir Putin.

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Coast Guard suspends search after receiving distress call

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The U.S. Coast Guard searches for vessel after mysterious mayday call made northwest of the Kona airport.  

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Tour passengers relive lava bomb experience Video included

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This was the first time Will Bryan and Erin Walsh visited Hawaii, and they say leading up to Monday's events, everything was smooth sailing. Bryan describes a feeling of "tension" among the passengers as they got close and then a panic when the lava rained down. 

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Medication drop box program helps dispose of unused drugs Video included

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The state announced on Monday the Hawaii Medication Drop Box Program, to dispose of unused prescription drugs year round. Much like annual national drug takeback days, the public is encouraged to turn in unused prescription drugs at certain police stations statewide.  The goal is to minimize accessbility and abuse of dangerous drugs, as well as the pollution that happens when people throw medicine in the trash or down the toilet.  "This is a game changer for a seriou...

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Coast Guard, DLNR investigate lava tourism agency after boating accident Video included

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Finding out what happened on Monday is going to require a multi-agency investigation, with the U.S. Coast Guard, Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources, as well as Big Island first responders working together. On Monday both DLNR and the Coast Guard gave a brief update from Honolulu. According to the Coast Guard the Lava Ocean Tours vessel was taking a sunrise look at Fissure 8 off Kapoho when the lava bomb happened. They also said the tour company was given special offi... More>>

What is the future of lava tourism? Video included

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Could tourism on the Big Island be further impacted by Monday's explosion? The County has been considering ways make viewing the flow available to the public. And Island News has been told that hasn't changed. However, the ocean explosion is a scenario it's taking into consideration when it comes to the dangers of getting too close to the flow. Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe told Island News this scene could have been worse. "There's no question that we have to do ...

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Landowners want input on the future of Pali Lanes Video included

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Kailua's largest landowner, Alexander and Baldwin, had once talked about demolishing the Pali Lanes bowling alley to make room for a new community gathering spot. But they decided to put their plans on hold after pressure from the "Save Pali Lanes" campaign.  Alexander and Baldwin sent the following statement to Island News:  “We are soliciting input from the entire Kailua community through a survey of all 17,000 households in the area and direct engagement...

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23 injured after lava bomb hits tour boat Video included

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There was a flurry of activity on board the Hot Spot, the lava ocean tour boat hit by Monday's eruption.  Crews spent the afternoon cleaning it up, taking out the lava that rained down on it. But earlier inspectors examined the boat's GPS to see exactly where it was, and whether it remained 50 yards from shore. When the explosion happened, 23 passengers on board the lava tour boat were injured including one with serious injuries to her hip. Lindsay Rostrom, a visitor from Hous... More>>

State announces Hawaii Medication Drop Box Program

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On Monday, the state announced the Hawaii Medication Drop Box Program to dispose of unused prescription drugs year round. Much like annual national drug take back days, the public is encouraged to turn in unused prescription drugs at certain police stations statewide. The goal is to minimize accessibility and abuse of dangerous drugs, as well as minimize pollution that happens when people throw them in the trash or down the toilet.   

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72-year-old man dies after a reported drowning at Haleiwa Beach Park

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A 72-year-old man has died after a reported drowning incident Saturday evening at Haleiwa Beach Park. 

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Weekend closure of the Kipapa stream begins July 20

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The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) alerts Oahu motorists that Kamehameha Highway will be closed in both directions between Ka Uka Boulevard and Lanikuhana Avenue from 9 p.m. on Friday night, July 20, 2018, continuously through 5 a.m. on Monday morning, July 23, 2018, for bridge rehabilitation work at the Kipapa Stream (Roosevelt) Bridge.     

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Hawaiian Airlines will operate non-stop service between Seoul and Honolulu

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Hawaiian Airlines will operate daily non-stop service between Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) from January 14 to Feb. 6, 2019. The higher seasonal frequency offers travelers more flexibility and convenience when planning their Hawaiian vacation in the winter. “Our daily flights will help us meet increased demand by Korean travelers seeking our authentic Hawaiian flight experience on their ... More>>

Park hiker reports assault at Haleakala National Park

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On Sunday July 15, 2018, a female hiker reported being assaulted in Haleakala Crater.  The assailant was described as male, 5'9" tall, mid-to-late 30's, wearing black plants and a black T-shirt.  National Park Service rangers are attempting to locate the individual and are actively searching the entire crater area with the assistance of the Hana District of Maui Police Department and the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  Visitor Access to the crater fro... More>>

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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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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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>>

Battle over breast feeding Video included

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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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  • Two new tours debut at Pearl Harbor

    Two new tours debut at Pearl Harbor

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 6:28 PM EDT2018-07-17 22:28:07 GMT

    The National Park Service and Pacific Historic Parks launched two new tours at Pearl Harbor this week. The USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour offers visitors the use of a smart phone and headset to listen to a guided tour through two museums, aboard the memorial, and throughout the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center allows visitors to use a high-quality virtual reality viewer to experience three separate tours

    The National Park Service and Pacific Historic Parks launched two new tours at Pearl Harbor this week. The USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour offers visitors the use of a smart phone and headset to listen to a guided tour through two museums, aboard the memorial, and throughout the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center allows visitors to use a high-quality virtual reality viewer to experience three separate tours

  • HPD hiring radio dispatchers

    HPD hiring radio dispatchers

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 6:23 PM EDT2018-07-17 22:23:59 GMT
    The Honolulu Police Department is hiring radio dispatchers to help coordinate police response to complaints, emergencies, and other requests for assistance. The job involves dealing directly with the public and on-duty police officers while inputting information into a computer. Those interested should be able to work clearly and calmly under pressure. To apply visit the "As Seen On" section of kitv.com.
    The Honolulu Police Department is hiring radio dispatchers to help coordinate police response to complaints, emergencies, and other requests for assistance. The job involves dealing directly with the public and on-duty police officers while inputting information into a computer. Those interested should be able to work clearly and calmly under pressure. To apply visit the "As Seen On" section of kitv.com.
  • Embezzling $860,000 puts a former accountant behind bars for 10 years

    Embezzling $860,000 puts a former accountant behind bars for 10 years

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 6:19 PM EDT2018-07-17 22:19:31 GMT

    A former accountant for four different companies embezzled more than $860,000 and receives his sentence.

    A former accountant for four different companies embezzled more than $860,000 and receives his sentence.

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  • A lone couch that brought a community together

    A lone couch that brought a community together

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 4:12 PM EDT2018-07-17 20:12:30 GMT
    BREVARD COUNTY - An abandoned couch is bringing the community together in Palm Beach. Greg Pallone takes us to spot where dozens of people are snapping "selfies" after a picture of the couch went viral. A festive atmosphere Sunday night in an unlikely place. A pop-up living room on a sidewalk on Palm Bay road, it's centerpiece is an old couch.  Visitor Megan Mannon said, "It fell off someone's truck about three weeks ago." And there, the loveseat lay until t...
    BREVARD COUNTY - An abandoned couch is bringing the community together in Palm Beach. Greg Pallone takes us to spot where dozens of people are snapping "selfies" after a picture of the couch went viral. A festive atmosphere Sunday night in an unlikely place. A pop-up living room on a sidewalk on Palm Bay road, it's centerpiece is an old couch.  Visitor Megan Mannon said, "It fell off someone's truck about three weeks ago." And there, the loveseat lay until t...
  • The President returns after his summit with Russia's President

    The President returns after his summit with Russia's President

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 3:58 PM EDT2018-07-17 19:58:47 GMT
    WASHINGTON -     This morning President Trump is back in Washington after his summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. In an effort to improve US-Russian relations, Trump appeared to side with Putin on denials of Russia election meddling sparking outrage. ABC's Kenneth Moton reported.  President Trump back at the white house, welcomed by protests after his extraordinary one on one with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The president side by side with the ma...
    WASHINGTON -     This morning President Trump is back in Washington after his summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. In an effort to improve US-Russian relations, Trump appeared to side with Putin on denials of Russia election meddling sparking outrage. ABC's Kenneth Moton reported.  President Trump back at the white house, welcomed by protests after his extraordinary one on one with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The president side by side with the ma...
  • Archaeologists find 14,400 year old bread in a Desert

    Archaeologists find 14,400 year old bread in a Desert

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 3:38 PM EDT2018-07-17 19:38:51 GMT

    How long do you keep bread till you have to throw it out? Well a bread that researches found was well beyond expired. Flat bread found at an archeological site in Jordan's black desert was believed to have been baked 14,400 years ago.  In addition to being a really, really long time ago that was also 400 years before farming was known to be common. 

    How long do you keep bread till you have to throw it out? Well a bread that researches found was well beyond expired. Flat bread found at an archeological site in Jordan's black desert was believed to have been baked 14,400 years ago.  In addition to being a really, really long time ago that was also 400 years before farming was known to be common. 


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