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Hawaii’s Most Wanted: Roy Kalama

KHON2 Local News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 22:48
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The Honolulu Police are looking for Roy Kalama.

“On September 6, 2017, at about 2:15 p.m., the complainant returned to his residence in the Wahiawa area when he observed a male inside of his kitchen carrying a handgun. The complainant ran to his neighbor’s house for help at which time he observed two males to exit the residence, carrying the complainant’s property and run away. Police were notified was able to locate both males nearby. One of the males, who was identified as Roy Kalama, was subsequently placed under arrest for Burglary in the First Degree,” said Sgt. Chris Kim.

Kalama is wanted on $20,000 cash only warrant for failing to comply with the terms and conditions of probation.

“Kalama has twelve prior convictions and is known to frequent the Honolulu, Waipahu and Waianae areas,” said Sgt. Kim.

He is 22 years old, five feet ten inches tall and weighs 178 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

If you know where Roy Kalama is, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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Sign wavers and halau hula gathered at State Capitol to protest start of TMT construction

KHON2 Local News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 22:23
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Here on Oahu, there were about 100 people that gathered at the Capitol to voice their concerns over the start of construction of TMT.

The energy was high with lots of passing cars honking their horns and people of all ages taking part in this event.

Protestors want people to know that this is not just a Hawaii County issue but a statewide concern.

A lot of people left work and school to be there. They couldn’t be at the base of Mauna Kea so they did what they could from home on Oahu.

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18-year-old man stabbed in Kalihi

KHON2 Local News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 21:49
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HONOLULU (KHON2) — An 18-year-old man was injured after being stabbed in Kalihi.

According to EMS, he was stabbed after getting into an altercation with a 37-year-old suspect.

The man was treated for serious injuries and was transported to a local trauma facility.

The suspect is in custody for second-degree assault pending investigation.

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Katherine Kealoha has a new attorney

KHON2 Local News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 21:23
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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Katherine Kealoha has a new attorney.

Attorney Earle Partington, who also represented Kealoha during the so called mailbox trial, says a judge has appointed Gary Singh to represent Kealoha in her next two trials.

Cynthia Kagiwada withdrew from the position, citing an irretrievable breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.

We’ve reached out to Singh but he has not yet called us back.

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EMS AmbuBus played a key role helping injured passengers

KHON2 Local News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 20:32
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EMS rolled out a new life saving tool after dozens of passengers were injured on a flight that hit severe turbulence.

And it likely helped other injured patients outside of the airport.

EMS used what’s known as the AmbuBus for the first time Thursday to help transport some of the injured passengers. And it freed up other units to respond to other emergencies on Oahu.

More than 40 people were injured when an Air Canada flight was forced to turn around and land in Honolulu. Several ambulances took some to nearby hospitals. EMS says it’s AmbuBus also played a key role that day and transported seven patients.

“We kept that asset coming so we didn’t have to use as many ground ambulances that were normally in the system for normal everyday 911 calls,” said EMS Assistant Chief Christopher Sloman.

The AmbuBus is a city bus with the seats taken out and reconfigured to hold stretchers and medical equipment. It’s geared for transporting those with less critical injuries and holds up to 20 patients. EMS says using it for incidents with mass casualties frees up other ambulance units to respond to other calls.

“And so being able to supplement our system with something like a bus in an event like that means we don’t have to take as many resources off the road away from normal, from lack of better term, day to day calls,” said Sloman.

The city donated the vehicle to EMS four years ago and crews have used it for training. But this is the first time it’s ever been driven in a real emergency.

During the Honolulu Marathon, the AmbuBus is brought over on standby. Sloman calls it a specialized resource that can come in really handy when disaster strikes.

“This is really reserved for when we have dozens or maybe even have hundreds of patients potentially and hopefully we’re never in that circumstance again. But if we are at least we have it,” he said.

Sloman says EMS will get together soon and evaluate how well the AmbuBus was used and how they can make it better.

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Protests continue as city officials build a gate to close off Mauna Kea Access Road

KHON2 Local News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 20:23
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The mood here at the base of Mauna Kea is upbeat, almost celebratory. After a lengthy peaceful stand off, protesters seem to have succeeded in protecting Mauna Kea. At least for today they have won, but the scene earlier this morning was much different.

Billy Freitas, Kupuna Kiai Mauna Kea said, “My plan here is to stay here kupaa and protect Mauna Kea.”

Billy Frietas and at least a dozen kupuna bound themselves together with maile lei across the base of Mauna Access Road. Eight others chained themselves to a cattle grate further up the road. Their determination and message was clear.

Imai Winchester, teacher at Halau Ku Mana said, “We’ve already been informed that we will be arrested which is something that we are wiling to do, as our kuleana, it’s our burden and privledge. To show our children and the rest of the world how much we love our land. To show my students at home that things are worth fighting for.”

Protesters continued to fight.

In the early morning hours it seemed as though police might make a move to arrest the kupuna, but they were quickly confronted by protesters.

Communication between both sides was open throughout the day as police and those opposed to TMT negotiated the safest path forward.

Kahookahi Kanuha, Kiai of Mauna Kea said, “We are committed to nonviolent action and peaceful action. We are not going to allow anybody to jeopardize that period.”

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Concrete barriers were put in along Daniel K. Inouye Highway to ensure protesters could exercise their right safely but also to allow police and sheriffs to manage the crowds.

Ed Sniffen from the Department of Transportation said, “The concrete barriers are gonna serve a couple of things. We won’t have people parking on the highway anymore, and we’ll also make sure we have an area where people wanna express their feelings about this project can be behind and be safe.”

Since the protesters are unwilling to leave it felt like it was only a matter of time before someone was arrested. Then at 2pm after almost 11 hours,
officers relented.

“The chief the head of the faction let us know that due to the long jeopardy of this commitment the unwavering commitment of these key i.e. They are backing off their retreating all those were is supposed to be arrested 3:30 this morning are going back to the Puuhonua,” said Kanuha.

I asked said, “What do you think it was that initially made the sheriff say we’re not gonna do this today?”

Walter Ritte responded, “I think it was the same thing that saved the whole lobby it was Aloha that’s what I feel on both sides.”

Noe Goodyear Kaopua said, “It was hard, it was a difficult day, but I feel at the end of the day grateful to be alive, great to be standing in front of the Mauna grateful to be a part of this amazing movement.”

The state faced a myriad obstacles today. The large and motivated crowd made it extremely difficult for construction to progress. Protesters are meeting to discuss their game plan, and it looks like DOT crews are inspecting the cattle guard.

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Repairs for vandalized headstones at the Kawaiahao Church Cemetery begin

KHON2 Local News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 20:05
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Two weeks ago, someone vandalized headstones at the Kawaiahao Church Cemetery.

The community was outraged. But volunteers came together to fix the dozens of damaged grave sites, and it was all out of the goodness of their hearts.

It’s a day to rebuild and forgive.

For nine-year-old Jizel, she’s just learning about her sixth great grandfather after his headstone was vandalized a few weeks ago.

She said, “I almost started crying when I saw it because it’s not right that they did this, and it’s not right that they did to my family members but also everybody.”

Jeffrey Ornellas, Local 1 Hawaii Business Agent said, “When we heard about this project it was like, ‘Why?’ I mean, ‘How?’ I mean, I couldn’t imagine and we feel for the families here, it’s just unimaginable.”

Because of the impact the damage had on the Kawaiahao Church and families, volunteers came together to fix what was broken.

Sal Dacquisto, a marble mason said, “We’re going to be chipping and grinding, you know pretty labor intensive, just to get these headstones upright it’s going to be a chore.”

“For me…God answers prayers and this is the combination of those answered prayers, people wanting to help for the sake, of making themselves feel good, and it makes them value, and so, I really value the hearts and spirits around the islands,” said Senior Pastor Kenneth Makuakane.

Cemeteries are not only a sacred place to visit family, but a place to teach us about our past.

I asked, “Why should we take better care of our cemeteries?”

Brickwood Galuteria, Chair of Board of Trustees responded, “Well they stand for so much, this is the immediate connection to our past and to our families, right? I think it’s important for us to pay attention. I know cemeteries are in total disrepair, and I would hope for those who care about our cemeteries to step up their game. Hopefully, we certainly are going to step up our game, it was done on our watch, we accept full responsibility for it.”

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Suspect in attempted murder case in Papakolea has been sentenced

KHON2 Local News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 16:51

Slade Tuilata-Nakila was sentenced to 4 years probation and time served. 

He was a suspect in the attempted murder case at the Papakolea Community Park graduation party in 2018.

Five people, most of them teenagers, were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Two of the five victims were stabbed, the others were hit with baseball bats. 

Police said two men, ages 22 and 23, assaulted five victims and were arrested.

EMS treated and transported a 43-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy to the hospital with possible stab wounds.

A 17-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl, and a 18-year-old man suffered injuries from a baseball bat.

The graduation party was for the 17-year-old girl who was taken to the hospital.

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Mayor Victorino announces 100% containment of Maui wildfire

KHON2 Local News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:09
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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Mayor Michael Victorino announced this morning that both Maui wildfires, which burned 9,200 acres combined, are 100 percent contained. Firefighters will continue mop-up work until the fires are declared extinguished.

“Words cannot express how relieved I am that there were no injuries or major property damage from what were dangerous, fast-moving fires that required evacuations and road closures,” Mayor Victorino said.

The Maui Fire Department will continuously monitor the burn areas and put out hotspots with a dedicated emergency callback crew throughout today.

“We would like to ask the public to please stay out of all burned areas due to hazards sometimes not clearly visible,” said Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro. “Hazards such as hotspots and underground voids exist. These voids are caused by roots and root balls burning under ground level.”

Central and South Maui air quality improved Monday morning, compared to late Sunday when windblown dust and ash enveloped Haleakala from Upcountry Maui to Kaupo and South Maui.

Any fire flare-ups should be reported by calling emergency dispatchers at 911. So-called “smokers” in the middle of burn areas are a lower priority than those closer to fire perimeter areas. The fires may continue to smolder for a week.

The 9,000-acre Central/South Maui fire was first reported at 10:42 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Kuihelani Highway and Waiko Road. It spread quickly south and east, jumping Kuihelani and Maui Veterans highways to north Kihei.

The 200-acre fire first reported at 1:30 p.m. Friday began in the vicinity of the new Safeway and Lowe’s in Kahului.

Mayor Victorino said, “I’m also very thankful for the tremendous hard work by our firefighters, police, first responders, private contractors, emergency management staff, County of Maui department personnel, volunteers and everyone who helped protect and care for our residents and visitors. It was a great team effort, and another reason I’m proud to say Maui no ka oi.”

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VIDEO: Updates from Mauna Kea

KHON2 Local News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:09
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The State DOT Highways Division’s Ed Sniffen gave Jenn Boneza an update on the concrete barriers that are being placed along the Daniel K. Inouye Highway at the intersection of Mauna Kea Access Road.

The barriers are to serve two purposes, according to Sniffen. They will prevent anyone from parking along the side of the road and will allow people the access they desire, while keeping them safe behind the barriers.

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Jenn Boneza was at the sight where crews installed a gate across a cattle guard in just a couple hours on Monday afternoon. The gate was removed a short while later. We are waiting for clarification on the reason for that move.

Posted by Jenn Boneza on Monday, July 15, 2019

Posted by Jenn Boneza on Monday, July 15, 2019

More heavy equipment arrives at Mauna Kea.

Posted by Jenn Boneza on Monday, July 15, 2019

Heavy equipment arrives at the base of Mauna Kea while hundreds of protestors, ki’ai–protectors look on.

Posted by Jenn Boneza on Monday, July 15, 2019

Jenn Boneza continues coverage at the base of Mauna Kea as hundreds of ki’ai, protectors, gather shortly before trucks arrive to begin construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope atop the mauna.

Posted by Jenn Boneza on Monday, July 15, 2019

This morning, just as the sun was rising, Jenn Boneza gave an update on the events at Mauna Kea.

Posted by Jenn Boneza on Monday, July 15, 2019
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Maui mayor cautions public on dirt and ash from fires

KHON2 Local News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 22:29

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Mayor Michael Victorino asked residents and visitors to exercise caution Sunday in the wake of wildfires that have kicked up clouds of dirt and ash from Upcountry Maui to Kaupo and South Maui.

Mayor Victorino said he was concerned that windblown dust and ash might hamper visibility on roadways, including North Kihei Road and Maui Veterans Highway, and he said people with respiratory conditions should consider staying indoors, in air conditioning, if possible.

“Stay vigilant. Stay safe,” Mayor Victorino said. “Stay out of harm’s way.”

Fire flare-ups should be reported by calling emergency dispatchers at 911.

Maui Fire Department crews and tankers patrolled the wildfire perimeters Sunday, putting out flare-ups throughout the day. The department’s Air One helicopter doused hot spots Sunday morning.

Fire officials reported responding to numerous calls of “smokers,” many in the middle of the burn areas, which fire officials said are of a lower priority than those near the edges, or perimeter, of burned areas. The fire may smolder for a week, fire officials said.

The Maui Fire Department maintained its containment assessment for the Central/South Maui 9,000-acre wildfire at 80 percent Sunday afternoon. Containment also stayed at 90 percent for the 200-acre fire first reported at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the vicinity of the new Safeway and Lowe’s in Kahului.

All roads remain open. There are no current evacuations.

Mayor Michael Victorino thanked firefighters who’ve been working tirelessly since the wildfires broke out Thursday and Friday. “Their selfless dedication to duty and to the protection of our community is an inspiration for all of us,” he said.

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Trade continue with slight uptick in showers midweek

KHON2 Local News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 21:46
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HONOLULU (KHON2)

A High Surf Warning in effect for all south facing shores until Monday morning at 6:00 am.

A high pressure system centered far north of the islands will be moving slowly eastward for the next few days.

The high and trailing ridge will continue to support trades for the rest of the week.

Areas of of clouds and showers embedded in this flow will favor the windward and mountain locations, especially during the overnight and early morning hours.

The leeward side of the Hawai’i Island can expect some isolated to scattered showers each afternoon and evening in the coming days.

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Hundreds gather to protest TMT, construction begins Monday

KHON2 Local News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 21:43

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hundreds gathered at the base of Maunakea to peacefully protest the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), which is scheduled to begin construction Monday morning, July 15.

A cultural ceremony has been taking place at Puu Huluhulu every hour since sunrise on Sunday, July 14.

“This is a joyful occasion this is a celebratory occasion to reconnect in this way and then to reaffirm our Kuliana,” said Na Wahine Apapalani Luana Busby Neff.

She says it’s been a spiritual day.

“I think everyone was ready for a day like this there has been so much negativity thrown at us and then trying to turn it on the Hawaiian people,” she said.

The Kiai, or protectors, of Maunakea, designated the place as a city of refuge or Puu Honua. In Hawaiian culture, this city of refuge has been recognized as a safe place to prevent clashes and provide amnesty.

On Sunday, the Kiai are using it as a place to prevent clashes with law-enforcement. They chose this particular place because it has cultural significance.

“We chose this place also because there’s an ahu here at people connected to Maunakea have been coming here for years and years. For those who are not able to access the mountain would use this place as he stopping area a place to offer their prayers,” said Kahookahi Kanuha, a Kiai of Maunakea.

They have restroom facilities, water, and other amenities for those who have gathered. It’s also an area that allows them to protest without blocking Maunakea access road, which the state will close at 7 a.m. Monday to bring in the heavy equipment for construction.

Many of those gathered plan to stay overnight but they’ve heard that they may be asked to leave the area that they have designated as a safe space to exercise their right to protest.

“I think what they really want to talk about is a safe place. If they want me to sit at home on my couch and watch the live stream of those machines going up, that’s not going to happen. So we are here and we’re taking it upon ourselves in a cultural way to provide that safety,” said Kanuha.

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One of man’s most feared animals is celebrating International Shark Awareness Day

KHON2 Local News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 21:32
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HONOLULU (KHON2) — They are one of man kind’s most feared animals, but on Sunday, July 14, the Waikiki Aquarium hosted a day to celebrate sharks.

The event, in partnership with the Hard Rock Cafe, celebrated International Shark Awareness Day by helping families learn about sharks found in Hawaiian waters, with displays of real jaws of sharks and community artwork.

The goal is to foster a healthy respect and appreciation of the top of the marine food chain.

“To bring a spotlight to the perils that shark’s face in the wild such as bycatch, and general fear that people have of sharks, and how we can work around that,” said Waikiki Aquarium Volunteer Program Coordinator Lauren van Heukelem. “We definitely don’t want them to go extinct. They are a major part of our ecosystem. And kind of that top-down predator control. We just want kids to gain an appreciation of sharks.”

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Volunteers will repair vandalized headstones

KHON2 Local News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 21:31
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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Volunteers will start work on Monday, July 15, to repair damaged headstones at Kawaiahao Church Cemetery.

Last week, more than 20 headstones were damaged by vandals.

Ten volunteers from the Bricklayers Union will work over several days to repair them.

Work will involve cleaning the headstone surfaces, grinding away old mortar, and reattaching the headstones to their pedestals.

Several local companies donated materials and equipment for the repairs.

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Ige sets record straight says no sweeps planned at Mauna Kea

KHON2 Local News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 21:26
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Governor David Ige made it clear that the state respects the right to peaceful protests and has no intention to intervene so long as it’s done in a lawful manner. He goes on to say that officials were informed about the ceremony or the 12-hour vigil.

That vigil was scheduled to end at six Sunday evening and Governor Ige says he wanted to address some of the rumors going around. Governor Ige went on record to say as of Sunday night there are no sweeps planned on Mauna Kea.

“The request from the organizers was that they would prefer not to have law enforcement presence and so we have honored that to the extent that the activities were safe,” said the Governor. “There’s no sweeps planned at this point.”

However, law enforcement officials have been preparing for the start of construction on Monday.

“We have formal professional trainers who have gone through law enforcement talked about how to remain calm in situations, how to de-escalate crowds, and how to manage large groups of people.”

As to what kinds of equipment officers will have at hand, Governor Ige deferred those questions to the Hawaii County Police Chief.

“I can’t really comment on what provisions the law enforcement personnel will have on site. I know that they have been preparing in different ways,” said the Governor. “We want to remind people that the men and woman in law enforcement are your neighbors. Their commitment is to their responsibility, which is to keep our community safe and to keep the roads passable.”

We could not reach the Hawaii County Police Department spokesperson for comment at this time. We asked if the state has any plans to give demonstrators a place to practice their religion and culture on Mauna Kea.

“We are looking at those on a case by case bases. We would accommodate activities that do not interfere or do not create a safety concern with the ongoing construction activities,” Governor Ige said.

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Full Video: Gov. Ige holds press conference day before TMT ground break

KHON2 Local News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 18:29
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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige held a press conference the day before the ground break of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea on Sunday, July 14 around 2:40 p.m.

“There’s been lots of rumors and speculation about Maunakea,” Gov. Ige said. “I thought it was important that we have the opportunity to share information with all of you. I respect the right to peaceful protest, this means there’s no intention to intervene by law enforcement and any activity as long as participants are behaving in a lawful manner on open public land.”

Rumors, protestors, law enforcement, and safety were the main topics he touched upon.

Gov. Ige said that he was aware of a 12-hour vigil that began early Sunday morning on July 14. He says that the organizers of the event have informed him about it and have asked for there to be no law enforcement present at the vigil.

He says that they have honored that request and have made sure that law enforcement was aware so that the vigil could proceed.

As for Monday’s start of construction, safety was a major topic he placed emphasis on.

“Our number one priority is keeping our community safe,” he said.

The governor wanted to ensure that the construction workers working on the telescope will be able to proceed with their work without any problems.

When asked about rumors of protestors potentially using tear gas, Gov. Ige said that he doesn’t expect protestors to get out of line.

What he does know, however, is that law enforcement has prepared for every case scenario.

He also addressed rumors of sweeps on Maunakea at 8 p.m. Sunday. He said there are no planned sweeps.

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Kaukonahua Road reopened after a brush fire jumped over the road

KHON2 Local News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 15:06

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Police closed Kaukonahua Road prior to Waialua closed in both directions due to brush fire. The road has been reopened.

The fire was by Farrington Highway near Thompsons Corner.

Fire crews arrived around 11:30 a.m. to put out the fire. The fire was out around 12:45 p.m.

Fire officials say the fire jumped over the road but was stopped shortly after.

Less than one acre was burned.

No one was injured, and no structures were threatened.

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Two-alarm house fire in Hauula

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 22:09

HONOLULU (KHON2) — A two-alarm house fire broke out in Hauula on Saturday, July 13, around 6:56 p.m.

It happened on Honomu Street.

As of 7:25 p.m. eight units and 23 personnel are on scene.

According to fire officials, they reported no fatalities when they searched the house. They did not find anyone inside.

The first unit arrived at 7 p.m. to find the house 50 percent engulfed in fire.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is made available.

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Improvements to Ala Moana Park are scheduled to break ground soon

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 21:54
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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The city says a project to repave Ala Moana Park Drive is near, and future projects are scheduled to break ground.

For several years, the city has wanted to improve the park and Magic Island. The plan includes adding a dog park near Kewalo Basin, a large playground, and reconfigure parking on the mauka side of Ala Moana Park Drive to add more stalls.

Some like the proposed changes, but some regular park users do not.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell addressed concerns today.

“Most of the park is open,” the mayor said. “We’re not talking about covering most of the area with other structures. The playground is open. It’s not enclosed. It doesn’t have a roof. It’s a playground where people will be out in the sun enjoying the outdoors. So, we are not enclosing anything other than what’s already here. It’s still going to be open for everyone to use.”

The park renovations are both publicly and privately funded for both construction and maintenance. The park drive repaving is set to begin in August and will occur during hours the park is closed.

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