Watch KITV's midday webcastPublished 11:00 AM HST Oct 04, 2013Video Transcript
The U-S-S Arizona may be CLOSED due to the government shutdown -- but you can still get a pier side tour! Starting TODAY-- the Battleship Missouri Memorial will offer free tours on its pier, just a few hundred feet from the Arizona. Parking is available near Rainbow Bay, just past the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center with free shuttle service to and from Ford Island. And we want to know... How is the shutdown affecting you? Send us your stories by heading to the "submit a tip" section of our website kitv dot com. There's also a button on our mobile app called "Send Us News Tips." We'd love to hear from you so we can contact you on future stories we feature during our newscasts. On the Big Island .. ...Ahalanui Park in Pahoa is now open. It was shut down last week after a man believed he contracted a flesh eating bacteria called necrotizing fasciitis there. The bacteria eats away at the layer between the skin and muscle. The Department of Health reports the water tests came back normal-- which means it is safe to re-open. A new smoking ban at U-H Manoa has been announced , but some feel it goes too far. The smoking ban for the entire UH Manoa campus begins January 1st... and it applies to everyone... that means faculty, outside contractors... even visitors. The ban was actually proposed last school year by those in student government. "WE KNOW THAT CESSATION OF SMOKING IS GOOD FOR EVERYONE'S HEALTH, AND IF WE SAVE ONE LIFE FROM THIS POLICY, WE'RE DOING A VERY GOOD THING." "MAYBE IF THEY KEEP TOWARDS A FEW AREAS WHERE YOU CAN SMOKE, I THINK THAT WOULD BE A REASONABLE WAY OF GOING ABOUT IT." Apple says no students will be expelled, and no faculty fired if they don't follow the smoking ban. However some disciplinary action may be taken against habitual offenders. Another HUNG jury for a Honolulu murder trial-- Jacob Le was accused of stabbing his best friend to death inside an Ala Moana stairwell... Prosecutors say that friend Brent Kanae briefly dated a woman Le was obsessed with... Le's attorneys say police got the wrong man. Neither side is happy with yesterday's outcome... 2:58 HE WAS DISAPPOINTED, HE'LL BE SITTING IN O-TRIPLE-C UNTIL HE GETS HIS NEXT DAY IN COURT 3:08 3:28 WE ARE DISAPPOINTED, BUT I'M MORE DISAPPOINTED FOR THE FAMILY. THEY DIDN'T GET CLOSURE. TODAY IS THE 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF WHEN BRENT WAS STABBED 3:40 Prosecutors say they DO plan to try this case again. An update to a story we reported earlier this week-- Honolulu Police say this juvenile -- accused of stealing the iphone you see in the photo -- has been caught! And get this-- Police tell us his MOM saw the story on T-V -- and turned him in. Applebee's in Hawaii?? Our partners at Pacific Business News reports the popular chain is opening its FIRST Hawaii restaurant in the Pearl Harbor area. According to ads on Craigslist- Applebees was looking to hire managers for the restaurant. No word yet on WHEN it will be opening. And you're encouraged to wear purple TODAY -- to raise awareness for domestic violence. If you don't have a purple shirt -- consider wearing a purple ribbon or create a purple space at your office. Cam Tran has your island weather forecast. Thank you for watching KITV 4 News Online. We're constantly updating the website so look for new stories later today, and on KITV 4 News at 5, 6 and 10.