Aloha from Hawaii News Now ... Hope your Thursday has been a good one, so far.
Here's what we're working on for our 5 and 5:30 newscasts.
DAMAGE REPORT: WHAT'S THE NEW "MERCI" SYSTEM ABOUT?
Tonight we'll find out when our Jim Mendoza talks with Hawaii Civil Defense officials. This we can tell you: it will help, big time, when it comes to assessing disaster damage. Why that's so important, tonight at 5.
BIG SURF ROLLS IN FOR SOUTH FACING SHORES
Guy Hagi is live out in the field to update the arrival of that anticipated summer swell. He said it will be some nice, "ride-able stuff."
And woof, woof -- tonight we meet the newest members to the Hawaii County Police Department and the Honolulu Police Department. At 5:30, Stephanie Lum shows us what makes both of these four legged "officers" so special.
LT. GOV. SCHATZ LIVE INTERVIEW
Just four more months until the APEC meetings here in Honolulu with an estimated 20,000 people are expected to descend on Oahu for the meeting of world leaders. Tonight, Lt. . Gov. Brian Schatz stops in to talk story about preparations for the conference -- and why China is so important.
A "GREASY" WARNING: STAY OUT OF PARTS OF NUUANU STREAM
Tonight, why you should stay out of Nuuanu Stream, between School Street and Honolulu Harbor. It all has to do with a buildup of some pretty greasy -- and nasty -- stuff.
Also tonight, Kelly Mumme will have your afternoon look at the evening commute and show us how things are shaping up. We've got the top comments on our station's Facebook page; and a look at the top headlines from around the country.
There's certainly a lot going on ... so I hope you'll join Stephanie Lum and me for these stories and a lot more on Hawaii News Now at 5 and 5:30 on this Aloha Thursday.