We have a traffic alert. Just before 3 this morning, a pick up truck smashed into a pole and caught on fire on Leokane Street in Waipahu. Police tell us the driver was under the influence. The road is closed, several lines are down and power is out in the neighborhood. Taizo is tracking this developing story and will have updates every 10 minutes on Sunrise.
We're in for more windy and damp weather. A high wind advisory is in effect through tonight and tradewinds will remain breezy into next week. A high surf advisory also remains in effect for most east facing shores. Malika will have our Christmas forecast.
President Obama should arrive in Hawaii in time to celebrate Christmas with his family in Kailua. A compromise measure to extend the payroll tax cut for two months comes before the House and Senate today. House Speaker John Boehner dropped his opposition under mounting pressure. Both chambers will be asked to give unanimous consent, a procedural move that would allow the measure to pass even though most members are already home for the holidays. It would then go to President Barack Obama's desk.
Even the First Dog is under attack. Someone in Kailua reported seeing Bo walking around, but he was also seen out Christmas shopping in Washington D.C. with the President. That set off speculation that he was shuttled back and forth between Hawaii and our nation's capitol on taxpayer's dime.
Happening today: A Marine who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will be interred at the USS Arizona, the ship on which he served. Private First Class Frank Cabiness' ashes will be placed inside the hull of the sunken Arizona this afternoon by Navy divers. He's the second Marine to be interred on the Arizona.
Also today, the new UH Football Coach Norm Chow is headed back to Utah to wrap up his one year stint as Offensive Coordinator for the University of Utah with an appearance in the Sun Bowl. A tearful Chow was introduced yesterday as the new Warrior coach in an emotional news conference surrounded by old friends, including a high school teammate. After five schools, four decades and three national championships, Norm Chow's career has come full circle with him returning home to Hawaii.
Breaking News: a Syrian military official says the death toll from twin suicide car bombings in Damascus is now more than 40. The military official says more than a hundred people were wounded in the explosions targeting security and intelligence headquarters in the Syrian capital.
Also this morning, music from Raiatea Helm, Whole Foods shows us meals and bubbly on a budget, Howard's exclusive interview with Santa, we take a field trip to visit the Kahala Mall Santa to see who's been naughty and nice on our Sunrise team, and we revisit stories from the week gone by in a segment we like to call "The Good, the Bad, and the What Were They Thinking?"
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