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Rainbow Warriors heartbroken in OT loss at Wyoming

KHON2 Local News - 16 hours 39 min ago

LARAMIE, Wyo. – The University of Hawai’i football team had a conference-opening win within its grasp before eventually falling to defending Mountain Division champion Wyoming in overtime, 28-21, Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium.

For the second straight visit to Laramie, UH (2-2, 0-1 MW) went into overtime with Wyoming. And like their last visit in 2013, the Rainbow Warriors left with bitter disappointment as the Cowboys regained possession of the Paniolo Trophy.

UH was seemingly in control for much of the game. The Rainbow Warrior defense had its best defensive effort in more than four years, holding Wyoming to just 269 total yards – including just 92 passing yards by highly-touted quarterback Josh Allen. Meanwhile the UH offense racked up 450 yards of offense and nearly doubled up the Cowboys in time of possession.

But the Cowboys (2-2, 1-0 MW) made the big plays when they needed, capped by an interception off a tipped pass to seal the game on the final play of overtime.

Through nearly three quarters, UH used a stifling defensive effort and a ball-control offense to take a 14-7 lead. But right after Diocemy Saint Juste cappped an 89-yard UH drive with a touchdown and a UH lead, the Cowboys answered. Tyler Hall took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards to knot the score with less than a minute left in the third quarter.

The Cowboys used another big play to set up their next score as Trey Woods’ 59-yard run led to an Austin Conway 3-yard scoring run to give Wyoming the lead early in the fourth quarter. A John Urusa 50-yard pass from Dru Brown knotted the score at 21-21 with 8:18 remaining. It was a score that stood for the rest of regulation.

Once in overtime, the Cowboys struck fast as Allen found James Price for a 25-yard touchdown on the first play of the extra frame. Wyoming then sealed the win on Cash Malui’s interception on the second play of UH’ ensuing possession.

Saint Juste recorded his third 100-yard game of the season and his fifth in the last six games, dating to last year, after finishing with 120 yards and a touchdown. Ursua nabbed eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown, while Brown set career highs for completions (29) and attempts (39), finishing with 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Jahlani Tavai led UH’s defensive charge with 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

The Rainbow Warriors will next play their first home game in nearly a month when they  face Colorado State in a Mountain West contest on Saturday, Sept. 30. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. at Aloha Stadium.

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#Cover2 Hawaii high school football scores and highlights 9/23/17

KHON2 Local News - 16 hours 46 min ago

Saturday, September 23rd 

Keaau (2-3) 45
Hawaii Prep (2-4) 0

(5*) Konawaena (5-2) 57
Waiakea (1-7) 8

PAC-5 (1-5) 6
Saint Francis (5-2) 47

Narbonne (CA) 50
(1) Saint Louis (5-0) 56

Nanakuli (1-6) 33
(2) Mililani (7-0) 44

Radford (1-6) 0
(3) Kahuku (6-1) 64

Kailua (4-3) 14
(10) Leilehua (5-2) 38

Castle (3-5) 16
(7) Farrington (4-3) 53

Maui (2-5) 17
(1*) Lahainaluna (6-1) 24


1. SAINT LOUIS (20) 4-0
3. KAHUKU 5-1
4. PUNAHOU 4-1
6. WAIANAE 3-3
9. DAMIEN 5-1
10. LEILEHUA 4-2



1. LAHAINALUNA (18) 5-1
2. WAIPAHU (2) 5-0
4. KS-HAWAII 6-1


Season V of Cover2 Hawaii High School Football airs weekly every Thursday night at 9:30 on KHON2. 

The Cover2 State Rankings are voted on by 19 statewide media members, plus the viewer vote at

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Biki stop location concerns business owners in Chinatown

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 21:47

Businesses in Chinatown have safety concerns regarding a Biki docking station located near Maunakea and King streets.

“If [an] emergency was happening, they would have to back up all the way to Hotel Street,” Alex Nguyen said.

Nguyen’s family has owned and operated Lin’s Lei Shop on Maunakea Street for almost 25 years.

The location of the Biki docking station, just steps from his family’s storefront, is creating numerous problems.

Nguyen pointed at parked police cars at the end of Maunakea Street near the police substation and explained that they no longer have a clear path down the street.

He said that the change is causing a safety issue as well as increased congestion in the area.

Nguyen also said the docking station is affecting his business “dramatically, because nobody can really turn in and do a quick run in at 2 p.m., and it’s really bad, because we don’t have very much space here,” he explained.

Nguyen’s shop isn’t the only business affected. Mei Fang, who owns Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery a couple of doors away from Nguyen’s lei shop, said her store lost between 10 to 15 percent of its business.

“Difficult traffic. You know Chinatown [it’s] hard to find parking already,” Fang said. “And then put in a lot of the bicycle stuff right here, and [it gets more difficult].”

Both Fang and Nguyen said they weren’t even notified before the Biki station was installed.

“They just came and painted it, put these pots out, and the Biki [stop], and that was it,” Nguyen said.

Justine Espiritu, Bikeshare Hawaii grants and programs manager, said she was unaware that businesses near the Maunakea Biki location had concerns.

“When it comes to safety concerns that the community raises, we definitely follow up and check on that,” Espiritu said.

Despite all the issues the docking station is causing Nguyen said, “I’m not against Biki. I’m just against where they put this thing. If they just relocate it somewhere else, it would be fine, but this just seems like it’s the only one on the public street so that’s where it affects us a lot.”

Espiritu says Biki staff want to make sure they take everything into account, and they have moved Biki stations since the launch so it’s never out of the question. But she also said it’s a conversation that needs to have multiple groups involved, including engineers, community members, residents, and nearby businesses.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Biki program contact

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Vandals strike canoe club in Makaha

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 20:55

Police are investigating another case of vandalism at a canoe club, this time on the Leeward side of Oahu.

It’s not the first time this club was targeted, and members told KHON2 enough is enough.

It happened at the Makaha Canoe Club earlier this week.

The club, which has about 60 members, said it’s frustrated and wants whoever is doing this to just leave them alone.

“It’s crushing, it’s heartbreaking, it really is. It’s heartbreaking and it’s crushing,” Tahmi Cleveland, a board member for MCC, said.

“How can you steal from our children, the children of this community right here? It’s a small country community, it’s like – c’mon,” paddler Valerie Lawson said.

Lawson told KHON2 a custom made iako (spars the connect the outrigger to the hull) was taken from one of their canoes sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

“You need both of the iakos, so to take just one was just a total senseless act really,” Lawson said.

A senseless act that also put a damper on a planned event.

“Today we had planned to take three canoes out and have a scattering of ashes ceremony for a community member who had passed away,” Lawson said.

Instead only one canoe went out.

All of the canoes were moved into their halau since this isn’t the first time something like this happened.

We’re told paddles have also been stolen, and human waste has been found in canoes.

What happened in Makaha is just the latest in a string of crimes targeting canoe clubs across the island.

Members said the biggest question they have is why?

“I don’t have any clue why anyone would do this. Again anytime this happens, it’s an abhorrent sort of attack on culture and community,” Kalani Kaanaana, vice-president of the Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association, said.

OHCRA told KHON2 these acts of vandalism and theft are a new trend that it hasn’t dealt with before.

The association is reminding clubs to stay vigilant.

“We have to come together and we have to stop this kind of stuff,” Cleveland said. “A lot is happening on this island lately and it’s really sad to see.”

The iako that was stolen has the letters NAH on it. If you have any information, call police.

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Several injured after car plows into Hawaii Kai restaurant

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 19:49

Seven people were treated for injuries tonight after a car plowed into a restaurant, and that was after the driver had already hit several cars in the parking lot at Koko Marina Shopping Center in Hawaii Kai.

It happened at around 4 p.m. at Paina Cafe.

Victims and witnesses pieced the incident together, and say it started with a fender bender.

“I was just waiting for this woman to park. I was behind her driving. I was stationary. She backed into me, crunched the cars. The cars were stuck together. We both got out and we were going to exchange cards, very cordial and all,” witness Steve Orr said.

“She starts to pull into this space over here and hits a car, goes too fast, didn’t go through the building at that time. Then backs up full blast, hits three cars, then comes forward full blast and smashes through the building. It was really dangerous. Thank God she sort of made noise, because these people scattered, but there were a lot of people in the store and actually people did get hurt,” Orr continued.

“I was in the store eating with my friends and then her car pulled up broke the window and hit it. Then she put her car in reverse, hopped the curb, and hit my truck. Then she put her car back into drive and drove all the way through the store,” witness Noa Nobrega said. Nobrega was in the cafe at the time.

“As fast as she could plowed in, threaded the needle through this space, and all the way through the back of the shop,” witness Jane Fee said.

Ethan Hollandsworth said he was standing right in front of the door.

“Ho yah, I just like saw my life before my eyes and ran,” Hollandsworth said.

“I was trying to get her out of the car because she was trying to back up out of the store and there were two of us banging on the window saying get out. So we finally got the keys away from her,” Orr said.

Officials say the driver is in her 70s, but no word on why this happened or if she suffered any injuries.

“She like hit four or five people on the way in. I was there, so she hit me and this lady and two other ladies on the way in. She just hit me on my legs and back, but I’m good,” Nobriga said.

“I actually at one point looked under the car because when the man with the baby couldn’t find his wife… and she was in the back of the shop,” Fee said.

The man’s wife was alright.

In the end, fire officials say six people went to the hospital in stable condition. Their injuries were not life threatening.

“One lady’s arm was hurt and bleeding so I don’t know, I hope they’re alright,” Nobriga said.

“I’m very thankful that everyone will probably go home tonight,” Fee added.

As for Paina Cafe, no word on how long repairs will take or when it will reopen.

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3 Rainbow Warrior defensive linemen suspended from Wyoming game

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 18:47

University of Hawaii defensive linemen Viane Moala, Samiuela Akoteu, and Tevarua Eldridge have been suspended from Saturday’s football game versus Wyoming.

A university spokesman cited a violation of team rules as reason for the suspension.

Moala and Akoteu are both regular starters at defensive tackle, while Eldridge is a rotational defensive end.

Hawaii and Wyoming kicked off at 4:15 HST on ESPN2.

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Suzuki signs deal to stay with Atlanta Braves

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 17:21

ATLANTA (AP) Catcher Kurt Suzuki and the Atlanta Braves agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract for 2018.

The 33-year-old has a career-high 18 homers, and the Braves value his work with young starting pitchers.

“You can see the potential and a lot of positives coming out of this,” Suzuki said. “It is only going to get better, and I am excited to be a part of that.”

General manager John Coppollela said the Braves intend to exercise Tyler Flowers’ $4 million option for next year and bring back a catching tandem that ranks second in NL with 29 homers. “I think at this point we would lean that way very strongly,” Coppollela said. “When we brought back Kurt, part of what it was is he worked so well with Tyler. They are good friends. They work together very well with our young pitching, so it’s kind of like that old saying, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.'”

Suzuki entered Saturday hitting .271 with 47 RBIs in 76 games and Flowers .283 with 47 RBIs in 91 games.

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Rainbow Wahine open Big West play with win over UC Irvine

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 17:09

HONOLULU—The University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (7-5, 1-0 Big West) came back from a set down to defeat UC Irvine (12-2, 0-1 Big West) in their Big West opener, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-21. UH won its fifth-straight match while snapping UCI’s six-match win streak on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Sophomore setter Norene Iosia ran a balanced offensive attack with three Rainbow Wahine notching double-digits in kills, led by Emily Maglio‘s 13.

Iosia dished out 42 assists and passed the 1,400 career assist mark in the match. She finished the match with 1,434 career assists. She also recorded her fourth straight and eighth overall double-double this season with 12 digs in the game. Iosia was in on four blocks with a kill.

Maglio led UH with 13 kills and no errors in 28 swings for a match-high .464 hitting percentage. She also recorded a match-high seven blocks in the win. It marked the eighth time this season that Maglio has put down double-figure kills.

Junior outside hitter McKenna Granato buried 12 kills in the match to pass the 500 career-kill mark. She needed just 10 coming into the match to reach the milestone and finished with 502 total. Granato tallied five digs with a block, an assist and two service aces. Fellow junior outside hitter Casey Castillo added 10 kills with three blocks.

Senior libero Savanah Kahakai posted a match-high 24 digs and had two assists in the match. It marked the seventh time this season that she was in double-figures in digs and it was the fourth time this year that she recorded 20 digs in a match.

Kendra Koelsh, UH’s senior outside hitter who is a converted setter, went past the 100 career kill mark with eight kills in the match to bring her career total to 104.

In the first set, UH got the first point on a Maglio kill, but the Anteaters proceeded to reel off six-straight points to force the ‘Bows to call an early timeout. UC Irvine led by as many as nine points midway through the set, but UH kept battling and closed to within three points at 21-18. UC Irvine however pulled away scoring the last four straight points to take the first set, 25-18.

In the middle of the second set, UH went on a 5-to-1 run and took an 18-13 lead that forced a UCI timeout. The Anteaters could not recover from the deficit as UH went on to win the frame, 25-22 to even the match at 1-1 as the teams went into intermission.

The third set was a tight affair with three early ties. But with UH trailing 4-5, the ‘Bows scored four straight behind the serving of Gianna Guinasso to give UH an 8-5 lead. The ‘Bows would maintain their lead the rest of the way to win Set 3, 25-20.

In the fourth set, both teams were fighting hard. After nine ties (the last coming at 19-19) and four lead changes, UH slowly pulled away and held off the Anteaters to seal their win, 25-21.

UH out-hit UCI, .243-to-.194 and out-blocked the Anteaters, 11.0-to-5.0.

UC Irvine was led by Haley DeSales who had a match-high 17 kills.

The win brought their home conference win streak to 20 matches dating back to 2014.

Hawai’i will take on the Aggies of UC Davis on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Stan Sheriff Center.

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Windward Oahu road plagued by accidents

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 00:49

It’s a slight curve that’s become a big problem for people who live in Kailua.

So they turned to KHON2 for help.

An accident Friday afternoon on Keolu Drive damaged a truck and an HPD speed trailer.

Residents say Friday’s accident was just one of many throughout the years.

They say it’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured.

The scene of an accident Friday on Keolu Drive was all too familiar for residents.

They say a car driving down the road hit a black truck that was parked on the street. The truck’s owner says this happened to him twice before, all in the same spot.

Jeff Sulzbach lives one door down from the accident, but he’s also lost a parked car to this curve. “We’ve lived here two and a half years. It’s a busy road. There’s a lot of activity on the road but the little twist to the road causes cars to miss the turn and end up hitting cars that are parked on the side of the road.”

It’s a long straight away on Keolu drive, with no stop signs, speed bumps, or lights, over the years neighbors say there have been numerous accidents, all involving cars that instead of turning, keep going straight.

Jasmine Abbey has lived on Keolu Drive for a little over a year, “We have had our car hit, our neighbors have had their car hit, almost everyone in I would say our three house vacinity has had their car hit at least one time.”

Sulzbach reached out for help, and HPD put up a speed monitoring trailer, which was also damaged in the accident. “We’ve gotten a response from the police department. They were very quick to bring their speed trailer out which was hit today actually, so the speed trailer that told people to slow down was actually hit that was taken out in today’s accident.”

The three families who’s cars have all been hit, all have small children.

Abbey says she’s worried for the kids safety. “It’s dangerous I mean I walk the kids up and down the street and I was just walking by what happened. If I was there at that moment it could’ve been a lot worse.”

Sulzbach also reached out to the city asking for a solution. “The mayors office has sent a letter saying they’re going to have the department of transportation look at this and see what they can do about it and that’s about as far as we’ve gone.”

All the residents including Abbey agree something needs to be done. “Definitely something needs to happen. We would love to see maybe stop lights or speed humps. Anything. Anything that would slow down traffic.”

KHON2 reached out to the city and the area city councilmember to see if there is anything being done to improve safety along Keolu Drive.


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#Cover2 Hawaii high school football highlights & scores 9/22/17

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 22:41

Friday, September 22nd

Moanalua (2-5)
Kaiser (0-6)

(9) Damien (6-1) 42
Iolani (2-4) 35

(5) Kamehameha-Kapalama (3-3) 17
(4) Punahou (5-1) 21

(3*) Pearl City (5-2) 6
(2*) Waipahu (6-0) 37

Waialua (0-7) 14
Kalaheo (2-4) 25

Kalani (3-4) 10
Roosevelt (3-3) 30

Hilo (5-1) 28
(4*) Kamehameha-Hawaii (6-2) 14

Kealakehe (3-4) 31
Honokaa (2-4) 14

Aiea (2-5) 0
Waianae (4-3) 44

Baldwin (3-4) 55
King Kekaulike (0-5) 6

Waimea (3-2) 34
Kapa’a (3-2) 24

*Denotes Division II ranking


1. SAINT LOUIS (20) 4-0
3. KAHUKU 5-1
4. PUNAHOU 4-1
6. WAIANAE 3-3
9. DAMIEN 5-1
10. LEILEHUA 4-2



1. LAHAINALUNA (18) 5-1
2. WAIPAHU (2) 5-0
4. KS-HAWAII 6-1


Season V of Cover2 Hawaii High School Football airs weekly every Thursday night at 9:30 on KHON2. 

The Cover2 State Rankings are voted on by 19 statewide media members, plus the viewer vote at

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State proceeds with plans to expand cargo capacity at Honolulu Harbor

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 22:00

A plan to nearly double the state’s cargo handling capacity at Honolulu Harbor is finally moving forward.

It has been in the works since 2011.

The Department of Transportation Harbors Division says it will improve and develop Piers 1 and 2, allowing TOTE Maritime to operate there and on 45 acres of adjacent land.

In addition, Pasha will consolidate its operations at Piers 1 and 2, then move its existing terminal at Pier 51A to the new Kapalama Container Terminal.

Matson will expand into Pasha’s Pier 51 site.

Construction of the new terminal is scheduled to start in December.

“When you add another major company coming into the shipping industry, it lends itself to more competitive pricing. That’s good news for all the businesses that rely on the shipping needs, which also means lower consumer prices as well to all the consumers out there,” said Tim Sakahara, DOT spokesman.

The Kapalama yard will be built in two phases over four years with an estimated cost of $448 million.

It will feature a new 84-acre container yard and 18-hundred linear feet of new berthing space.

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Former police officer faces lawsuit after pleading no contest to assault

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 21:17

A former police officer who got in trouble has received his punishment from a judge.

Now it looks like taxpayers may also have to pay.

A lawsuit is pending against the former officer and the Honolulu Police Department.

Keoki Duarte pleaded no contest to unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and assault.

He was accused of beating a man in 2015 during a road dispute. He was off-duty at the time.

That man wants to sue for damages, and also wants changes made in the police department to help prevent any more of these incidents.

City taxpayers already paid a six-figure settlement for another lawsuit that involved Duarte as a police officer.

Eric Seitz, the victim’s attorney in the latest incident, says it could have been prevented if HPD did what it was supposed to do.

In 2015, Jonard Escalante told us about the incident, saying Duarte pulled him out of his truck in a rage after he accidentally hit Duarte’s car.

He said Duarte started beating him until other drivers stopped to help. Duarte has since been fired, but Escalante plans to sue him and HPD.

“It could become a very expensive piece of litigation and that’s going to be a taxpayer expense,” said Seitz.

Duarte was one of several officers involved in a civil lawsuit involving a hiker that was beaten in 2012. The hiker’s attorney tells us the city settled the lawsuit and paid $168,000.

Seitz says HPD should have red-flagged Duarte back then.

“I believe that if he had had adequate counseling, he would not have dragged my client out of the car and really scared him to death,” he said.

Seitz wants HPD to do more than just pay for damages to his client.

“More importantly that they’ll agree to adopt policies and practices to address the underlying problems,” Seitz said.

“Meaning if somebody has an incident similar to that, they will address it by having that officer go through some kind of anger management?” KHON2 asked.

“Absolutely,” he replied.

We reached out to the department to find out what happens when officers are involved in these types of incidents. Do they go through any type of retraining or anger management classes? So far there’s been no response.

Honolulu City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi says she would also like to know how HPD handles the problem.

“We don’t see a lot of reports, so I don’t know what happens when someone is actually charged with an offense,” she said.

Kobayashi says it can only help and save taxpayers from paying for future lawsuits.

“The bottom line is restore confidence in the police department,” she said. “We depend on them to protect us and to keep our city safe, so we want to know what’s going on in that department to keep us safe.”

We’ll let you know when we get that information from HPD.

As for Duarte, part of his sentence is to take anger management classes. If he does that and stays out of trouble, the criminal charges can get dismissed.

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Non-profit recipient shocked, saddened as investigation continues into embezzlement

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 20:55

Did she act alone? Is even more money missing?

These are questions investigators will be asking as they look into one of the biggest cases of embezzlement prosecutors have ever seen.

Lola Jean Amorin is accused of stealing almost $6 million from the non-profit The Arc in Hawaii.

She was the senior accountant and worked there for 30 years.

We’re told an audit found discrepancies in insurance payments and that the money was taken over an 11-year period.

We met with a family who receives services from The Arc and with city Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro.

Laurie Kahiapo’s son, Jeremiah, has received Arc services for the past three years. She says she couldn’t believe it when she heard Amorin was accused of embezzling nearly $6 million.

“My initial reaction was I was shocked and extremely saddened. It really broke my heart, you know, that someone could embezzle from people that have disabilities,” Kahiapo said. “They open their arms to the most needy in our communities and that someone would work there and see what they do, the good they do, and still find it in them to take money — it’s beyond me.”

Lola Jean Amorin

Kaneshiro says one of the things he wants to convey to the public is how serious they are about prosecuting crimes like these.

“We do mean business, because it has a big impact on people and we will pursue it and we have people trained to pursue it,” he said. “We can’t say (whether she acted alone). I can tell you know that the investigation is still ongoing, and we’re still looking at other things in the investigation, and that it’s premature for me right now to indicate who we’re looking at or anything like that, but the investigation is still ongoing.”

“So it sounds like you’re probably looking at multiple individuals who are involved?” KHON2 asked.

“In this, we’re probably looking at multiple individuals and more money,” he said.

Whether or not Amorin acted alone, for Kahiapo and her family, the crime is personal.

“She should be made to face the people she’s hurt and ask forgiveness,” Kahiapo said.

Prosecutors say that Amorin spent a large portion of the $5.7 million she is accused of stealing on mortgages on homes on Oahu, Hawaii island, and in Las Vegas.

Kaneshiro says one of their goals is to recover as much of the stolen money as possible. He explained one of the ways to do this is by selling the properties Amorin owns.

Kaneshiro also says that any money the prosecutor’s office recovers will be given to The Arc in Hawaii so that they are able to continue to provide their services to the community.

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Maui man needs help spreading Christmas cheer to neighborhood keiki

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:40

Christmas is still more than three months away, but an annual holiday tradition on Maui already needs your help.

Da Maui Sleigh has been bringing joy to keiki for the past 20 years with Santa and his sleigh visiting various neighborhoods and giving sleigh rides.

The tradition began as a father-and-son project when James Presbitero saw a little sleigh pass by his grandma’s house.

“I was like, ‘Wow, Dad, look at this little sleigh,’ and then he was like, ‘Oh wow, that’s cute. We should build a sleigh,’ and we end up just putting two plyboards on the side of a trailer, called it Mele Kalikimaka, painted it red and started going up and down the road,” he said.

This year, he needs a little help.

“Every year I do brand new lights, because after 25 days running it, it just breaks down,” Presbitero said. “I just need some help and whoever helps, helps.”

Presbitero says he’s already gearing up for this year and plans to have a new theme along with some new characters.

Click here for more information.

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Driver wins court battle over erroneous tow, but could wait months for refund

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:13

A driver fought a city-issued ticket in court and won.

So why is it going to take months before he sees his money back?

In July, Scott Bell had his vehicle towed on Date Street. The realtor parks there every day for work, but moves his car before 3:30 p.m.

Posted signs state drivers cannot park along that section of Date Street from 3:30 to 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

July 7 was a typical Friday for Bell: Park his car on Date Street in the morning and go to work.

He walked back at around 3 p.m. to find his car gone.

“My heart sunk. Where’s my car? There were no signs here when I parked here along with the other seven or eight cars parked,” he said. “At that point in time, there were signs when I got here at 3:05.”

Bell learned his car, and several others, got towed. HPD issued him a $50 parking infraction for parking in a tow-away zone.

“The police officer was wondering why when I called (to ask) ‘What happened on Date Street? Why did everybody get towed?'” Bell said.

There were city signs lining the curb that Bell says were not there when he parked his car in the morning. He took a photo of the sign, which read “No Parking, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday starting Monday 6/19/17.”

He got towed July 9. The signs were wrong.

Bell said he paid his ticket because he wanted to do the right thing. He also paid $186 in towing fees.

But he went to court on Aug. 30, armed with photographs to explain his predicament to the judge. He says his interaction with the judge was quick, unlike the explanation he got from the city.

“I went before the judge. She ruled in my favor saying it did not happen properly. She goes, ‘Mr. Bell, you can have your money back.’ I said, ‘What about my towing fees?’ She said, ‘You’ll have to file it with corporation counsel at the mayor’s office,'” said Bell.

He filed a claim with corporation counsel and was told it could take months to get his $186 back, because they need to investigate.

“They take your money in one day, and it takes six or seven months to get it back. I was questioning, why an investigation when a sitting judge in the state ruled in my favor? I do believe there should be an appropriate time to manage that and not manage taxpayers time with waste,” Bell said.

We called the city and asked for an interview to explain the process. Instead, Corporation Counsel Donna Leong stood by this statement:

“Your viewer submitted his claim to the Department of the Corporation Counsel (COR) on September 11, 2017 and apparently called you on September 12, 2017. You forwarded his email to COR on September 12, 2017. The viewer received the same information that all claimants receive: it may take up to six months to process a claim. This is due to the volume of claims received and the limited resources available to respond to those claims. If the claim is one that can be confirmed quickly, it will not take six months; however we do need to confirm the validity of the claim before we can issue any payment. We believe we should be able to resolve this particular claim shortly.”

“If you have paperwork stating a sitting judge ruled in my favor, why should there be an investigation? It should be okayed by the manager. I know government takes time. Be reasonable. To take six to seven months is a little too long,” said Bell.

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Pearl Harbor Bike Path closed again as crews conduct second phase of cleanup

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:34

City crews and members of the U.S. Navy were out along the Pearl Harbor Bike Path Friday morning clearing trash, debris, and overgrown shrubs.

It’s part of the second phase of a cleanup and maintenance project for the area.

A section of the path between Aiea Kai Place and the Best Buy parking lot was closed earlier this week and will remain closed through Friday, Oct. 13, as work continues.

The cleanup also includes clearing out homeless encampments by enforcing its Stored Property Ordinance along the path.

The city’s Office of Housing and Department of Community Services have been coordinating outreach with non-profit service providers to offer options for homeless in the area.

“Before we could begin enforcement, we had to remove nine truckloads of literal trash that had been accumulated by the people that were encamped here,” said Ross Sasamura, director of the city Department of Facility Maintenance. “Phase one, we removed about 35 cubic yards of metals. We removed 82,000 pounds of trash and debris and we removed 43 shopping carts just from the area between Blaisdell Park, Hekaha Place, and Lehua Avenue.”

This is the second time the city has closed a portion of the Pearl Harbor Bike Path following a grant of easement agreement between the City and County of Honolulu and the U.S. Navy.

The prior closure took place from Aug. 7 through 31, and also involved the closure of Neal S. Blaisdell Park for landscaping and maintenance work.

People who use the bike path are being detoured to Kamehameha Highway until the second phase of cleanup is complete.

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Heavy equipment, machinery up for auction online

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:59

Looking to pick up some heavy equipment?

Sunbelt Rentals is auctioning off an extensive portion of its inventory so it can upgrade its equipment rental fleet.

Bidders can expect to find include dump trucks, tractors, bulldozers, boom lifts, forklifts, compressors, generators, welders, light towers, and other general construction equipment. The lineup also includes everyday pickup trucks and off-road golf carts.

“These are indispensable for smaller projects and for use in rural areas like agricultural farms,” said Dave Brandt of Oahu Auctions.

The online auction will end Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.

Click here for more information.

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Wailuku Gymnasium closed indefinitely after arson

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:37

Wailuku Gymnasium remains closed until further notice.

A fire broke out Thursday morning, Sept. 14. It was reported at 7:44 a.m. by area residents who saw smoke coming from the gym roof.

Crews arrived at the scene to find a trash can on fire inside the gym, which also damaged a portion of the lower bleachers.

The fire was extinguished at 8:03 a.m. and damage was estimated at $1,500.

Preliminary investigation shows the fire was intentionally set. The Maui Police Department is investigating the incident.

The weight room in the bottom portion of the gym will remain open.

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New cutter to aid in Coast Guard search-and-rescue, enforcement efforts

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:20

The U.S. Coast Guard welcomed its newest cutter in Honolulu Friday.

The cutter Oliver Berry arrived at Honolulu Harbor after sailing for 42 days from Key West, Fla.

It is the first of six 154-foot cutters to be stationed in Hawaii and Guam over the next several years, replacing the Coast Guard’s 110-foot patrol boats.

“We’ll be able to reach far beyond the Hawaiian islands to help with search-and-rescue efforts and law enforcement, fisheries enforcement efforts that are the target of the Coast Guard 14th District out here,” said Lt. Peter Driscoll, U.S. Coast Guard.

The cutters are designed to patrol coastal regions and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment.

They can sail up to 2,500 nautical miles on one tank of gas.

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Aloha Festivals hoolaulea to close Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:49

A heads up for drivers in the Waikiki area:

Kalakaua Avenue will shut down Saturday, Sept. 23, for Aloha Festivals’ 65th annual Waikiki Hoolaulea.

The hoolaulea itself will take place from 7 to 10 p.m., but lanes will be shut down earlier in the day.

The timeline will be:

  • 1 p.m. First makai lane closes
  • 2 p.m. Second makai lane closes
  • 4 p.m. Full closure of Kalakaua Avenue, from Seaside to Kealohilani avenues

Roads will reopen at the discretion of the Honolulu Police Department.

Thousands of people are expected to attend. Drivers should anticipate delays and use alternate routes if possible.

The block party will include an appearance by the Aloha Festivals Royal Court, four stages of live entertainment, including Hawaiian music and hula, 23 food booths and trucks, and 33 craft vendors.

Click here for more information.

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