Aloha! Here are some of the stories we're working on for Hawaii News Now at 5 and 5:30 on this Monday.
HOMELESS INITIATIVE BY STATE INVOLVES HOTLINE & EMAIL
The state announced today a new initiative to deal with homeless on all major islands. It's just a first step, but will require you make a call or send in an email to report a person who may need help dealing with homelessness. Jim Mendoza will have much more on this story tonight at 5.
OLOMANA TRAIL VICTIM WELL KNOWN IN SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNITY
We're learning more about the man who died yesterday after falling from a hiking trail that traverses the three peaks of Mount Olomana on Oahu's windward side. Steve Uyehara will share with us tonight how the man is being remembered on social media web sites like Facebook and Twitter where he was an active member.
48TH ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH PREPARATIONS
Preparations are underway in heavenly Hilo for the 48th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival. Hawaii News Now will have all of your coverage for the event, which starts this Thursday. Tonight, we'll take you live to Hilo and show you how the festival is helping fuel tourism in the area.
HAWAII KAI TOWNHOME FIRE LEAVES FOUR HOMELESS
"I was asleep and just smelled plastic burning and by then it was already full of smoke." That was how one man described awaking to a burning town home he lived in in Hawaii Kai this morning. The home was damaged by the early morning fire. Tonight, hear how the man's quick, heroic actions helped save an elderly woman's life.
DEBUT OF OUR NEW TRAFFIC REPORTER TONIGHT
Tonight we welcome Kelly Mumme as our new Hawaii News Now Traffic Reporter for HNN at 5, 5:30, 6, and 6:30. Kelly will help us keep a watchful eye driving condition around Oahu by closely monitoring the bevy of City & County Traffic Management cameras, the latest reports on road condition, accidents, stalls; and other events that may affect your commute.
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!