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Power Problems, Breezy Trades, HMC Bankruptcy

Power is back on for all 25-thousand Oahu homes and businesses that lost service last night. HECO crews had to work overnight to restore electricity from town to Hawaii Kai.

Hawaii's hurricane season ends today without major incident. The Pacific saw 10 hurricanes, 1 tropical storm and 2 tropical depressions. None of them made their way to Hawaii.

Breezy trades will stick around for another day before backing off tomorrow. However, showers will pick up and surf will build. Dan says we could see waves of 20 feet, perfect timing for opening ceremonies tomorrow for the eddie.

Happening today, the Hawaii Medical Center is back in bankruptcy court. We're expected to learn whether there's a new buyer, a new lender, or a possible shutdown. HMC has the only organ transplant clinic in the state and 424 patients on a wait list for a transplant are worried about the shaky future of the hospital.

Also today, two Senators plan to propose a permanent ban on earmarks. Senator Daniel Inouye opposes the move. He says it has the unintended effect of forcing lawmakers to ask federal agencies for money.

Hawaii musicians are awaiting word this morning from the Grammy Awards. Nominations will come out later today. Hawaiian music no longer has its own category. Acts are lumped together with World Music.

A familiar sight will greet you at Honolulu Hale. The Shaka Santa and Mrs. Clause are up ahead of this weekend's City Lights celebration. You can check out more of the decorations. We have a slideshow right now on HawaiiNews Now.com.

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See you on Sunrise!

Aloha,

Tannya

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