Hazardous Surf, Romney Squeaks Out Win, Elton John Tickets

Big waves are pounding the North Shore this morning and spilling onto the road at Laniakea. The threat of damaging waves from the biggest swell of the season prompted the City to activate its Emergency Operations Center overnight. A high surf warning is in effect for Oahu's north and west facing shores through tomorrow morning. North Shore Surf heights could reach 25 to 35-feet

The high tide could add to the potential for flooding or surf washing over roadways. We'll have team coverage on Sunrise. Dan will have the latest conditions and advisories, Ramsay is on the North Shore sizing up the surf and Taizo will have traffic every 10 minutes.

The Iowa caucuses came down to just 8 votes. That was the difference between Mitt Romney's first place finish in the GOP caucus, and Rick Santorum's second place. Hear reaction from the candidates, plus what this means going forward.

Happening today, State officials will hold a blessing for their sand replenishment work in Waikiki to restore more than 17-hundred feet of the shoreline and Kakaako is going green. Also this morning at 10:30, Kamehameha Schools and Farmroof will begin the installation of the first commercial urban rooftop farm in Hawaii on the roof of Auto Mart USA. It's part of Kamehameha Schools' vision to redevelop Kakaako into a healthy and sustainable urban community.

Also ahead, new developments in the legal fight to halt Oahu's rail project, plus what new UH Football Coach Norm Chow stands to make in incentives, and why it could be extra noisy on the Ewa plains through Saturday morning.

And, would you be willing to sing for tickets to Elton John's concert? Post a video of you belting out one of Sir Elton's classics on our facebook page, and you could win 2 VIP tickets to his concert Friday night. We'll share some of the latest entries this morning on Sunrise and announce a winner at the end of our 7 am hour. Good luck!

Hope you can join us this morning for Sunrise!


Tannya Joaquin