Aloha! Here are some of the stories we're working on for Hawaii News Now at 5 and 5:30 on this Thursday.
STATE TEACHERS UPSET
A plan by a state Senator that would essentially extend the working hours of teachers while cutting their pay is drawing some major flak. Teaches have swamped the state Senator with emails and phone calls opposing the idea. What do some teachers say about it? And how does the union -- the HSTA -- plan to respond?
ARREST IN FAILED ZALES ROBBERY ATTEMPT
There's a new development in the Waikele Zales jewelry store robbery attempt. You may recall, the two bumbling thieves were caught on surveillance video, unable to shatter glass cases that housed the valuable jewels even though they brought a hammer and a shotgun to the shindig. Tonight at 5, we'll tell you about an important arrest made in the case.
BUNKER FIREWORKS BEING DETONATED
Fireworks from the former military bunker -- now commercial storage facility -- that was the scene of the deadly explosion there weeks ago was detonated today at an undisclosed location on Oahu. Five people lost their lives after fireworks being stored there suddenly ignited. Tonight, how investigators are using the tragedy as a learning experience to prevent future explosions.
NATIVE HAWAIIAN FAMILIES RECEIVE NEW HOMES
It was an emotional day on the Oahu's leeward coast. Native Hawaiian families picked up the keys to their new homes today in Waianae. Named the "Kaupuni Village," it's a pilot project of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, HECO, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. We'll take you there as the keys were handed out. And also tell you about how the development is going "green."
DAMIEN GETS A BIG CHUNK OF CHANGE
Damien Memorial School got a head start on its $12m school renovation project. Today, the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation gave the school a $5m grant to help get the project started. See exactly what the school plans do with the money.
I hope you'll join Stephanie Lum and me for these stories and more on Hawaii News Now at 5 and 5:30. See you then!