It's a busy Thursday morning. We're following the latest on Japan's nuclear crisis, the growing aloha for Japan fundraiser, high winds in our forecast, local St. Patrick's Day celebrations, the kick off for March Madness and more.
JAPAN'S NUCLEAR CRISIS
The United States is racing to evacuate Americans from Japan as concerns over the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant deepens. Risks from possible radiation exposure remain greatest for the workers scrambling to cool reactors, but the U.S. is calling for all Americans to stay at least 50 miles away from that nuclear plant.
INSIGHT ON NUCLEAR FALLOUT FROM HAWAII DOCTOR
Dr. Neal Palafox was the principal investigator for the US Nuclear Weapons Testing Program in the Marshall Islands for 10 years between 1998-2008. He'll address the radiation risks for people near the Japanese nuclear power plant when he joins us at 5:40.
NEW UNDERWATER VIDEO FROM THE BIG ISLAND
Divers have started the difficult task of removing debris left behind by last week's tsunami from Kealakekua Bay. See what it looks like underwater.
BIG ISLAND DAMAGE TALLY
Early estimates for tsunami damage to Alii Drive on the Big Island put the bill between 300-thousand and half a million dollars, but it could take months to pinpoint the exact hit to county infrastructure, businesses and residences.
ALOHA FOR JAPAN
The Lieutenant Governor is spearheading the Aloha for Japan campaign inspired by a popular t-shirt fundraiser. The shirt says Aloha with Japan's Rising Sun taking the place of the "O." He'll join us at 5:45 to explain how you can help.
BLOCK PARTY FUNDRAISER FOR JAPAN
Byron Furukawa tells us about a block party at Restaurant Row to benefit the Japan relief fund in this week's Sunrise Around Town.
DISASTER IN THE PACIFIC: CONTINUING COVERAGE
Hawaii News Now Sunrise will have continuing coverage of the Disaster in the Pacific including the rush to get out of Japan and impact here in Hawaii.
Dan Cooke forecasts a Windy Thursday. How gusty could it get? Tune in to Sunrise to find out.
One proposal to raise money to help balance the State's budget is a controversial one. Both the Senate and House are looking into an alcohol tax. A restaurant owner joins us at 6:40 to debate the possible impact on business.
STYLE FILE: SPRING TRENDS
From neutrals to animal prints, spring trends run the gamut. Local stylist Kyle Kagamida shows us how to own these looks at 6:45.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
Local celebrations kick off at noon with the annual parade in Waikiki. Ramsay has details and Taizo will help us navigate around St. Paddy's day street closures for the parade and block party coming up tonight.
LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Hoops fans will also be celebrating today.
We know Steve has picked Duke to win it all (ho hum, he does that every year) and Taizo's going with his heart and the University of Washington. The excitement that is March Madness starts this morning.
NO SUNRISE ON KGMB FROM 7-8 AM
College basketball will pre-empt our 7 to 8 AM hour of Sunrise on KGMB, but we'll be back for our 8 to 9AM hour on KFVE.
I have my green on. How about you?
Hope you can join us for our St. Patrick's Day edition of Sunrise,