Protesters Pushed Out, Winds Weaker, Preparing for 2012

New overnight, "Occupy" protestors were forced out of Thomas Square after a two month stand. Police marked a boundary last night with a white dot to keep the area open to others.When the protestors didn't budge, officers moved in and cleared out the camps. The area within boundaries will be closed from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am like other City and County parks. Mayor Carlisle recently ordered a survey to establish the boundaries of Thomas Square. Ramsay Wharton will have the latest this morning on Sunrise, including the protestors' next move.

Meanwhile, Occupy protestors on the Big Island are planning a movement near the hotel of U.S. House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi. The protest is expected to run from 10 am to 1 pm by the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort.

Also happening today, a judge will decide on a temporary injunction to stop civil unions from taking effect January first. Two churches filed a lawsuit again the Governor and the State, saying they do not want to perform civil unions. They're concerned same sex couples will sue.

Police now say the Toys 'R Us shoplifters busted by incriminating video of them walking away with Christmas presents may also be linked to a Walmart theft last month. We're tracking these new developments on Sunrise.

Crowds are getting a spectacular show. For the first time in 4 years, lava is pouring into the ocean inside Volcanoes National Park. The new entry began about two weeks ago.

Weather Now: Winds will taper off today, but surf will come on strong. A new swell for the New Year is even sparking talk of the Eddie. Will the waves be big enough? Dan will have our weekend forecast and look ahead to 2012.

Preparations for New Year's Eve are in full swing. There was a dress rehearsal in New York city today for the Times Square ball drop. The centerpiece of the celebration is the blinged out ball, covered with 26-hundred waterford crystals.

And as we countdown to the New Year, we're taking a look back at the biggest local news stories of the year, best viral videos of 2011, our picks for our year end edition of "the Good, the Bad, and the What Were They Thinking," and the most memorable moments from Sunrise. Yes, even the embarrassing ones.

Hope you can join us for our last Sunrise newscast of 2011!


Tannya Joaquin