Big Island house fire, holiday closures, and High Surf Advisory

Courtesy: Maya Balsimo
Courtesy: Maya Balsimo

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Don't bother putting your trash cans out this morning. There will be no pick up today or next Monday. Along with no refuse collection, all City and County government offices and satellite city halls will be closed. Most on street parking will be free except for the meters on Kalakaua Avenue along Kapiolani Park.

As for your Christmas tree, you can drop it off at any refuse center, cut it to fit inside your green bin or leave it as part of your normal green waste pick up. All ornaments and decorations must be removed and the tree can't have any flocking. Fire Captain Terry Seelig will join us on Sunrise with more details on tree disposal plus a look ahead to New Year's and firecracker safety.

An 8 month old boy stole the show during a photo op with the President on Christmas Day. The son of Marine Captain Greg and Meredith Wagner put his hand's in the President's mouth and the pictures are getting a lot of attention. We'll show you what the buzz is about on Sunrise.

Fire left a Big Island family homeless on Christmas. Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause, but gusty winds fanned the flames at their Waikoloa home. Damage is estimated at nearly 400 thousand dollars.

Hawaii Medical Center's closure is moving quicker than expected. Layoff notices went out to hundreds of workers on Christmas Eve and the 70 or so patients still at the Ewa and Liliha hospitals are being discharged or transferred. Howard Dicus will have an update on Sunrise.

Weather Now: Breezy tradewind weather will stay with us for the next few days. 15 to 25 mph with some higher gusts. A Wind Advisory is posted for the summit areas of Haleakala for 20-30 mph winds with gusts to 50 mph. There's also a small craft advisory. Ben Gutierrez will have weather updates every 10 minutes on Sunrise.

You can take advantage of a Honolulu Marathon special offer. Hawaii residents who register by January 3rd will pay just 26 dollars and 20 cents.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family! See you this morning for Sunrise.


Tannya Joaquin