Motorcyclist Killed, Not Enough Seats for Rail, Rain Ahead?


A motorcyclist died in an overnight crash at the intersection of Kapiolani Boulevard and Ward Avenue. Police say it appears that the motorcyclist was speeding, ran a red light and hit a car. He was not wearing a helmet. Ramsay Wharton will be on scene with the latest starting on Sunrise at 4:30.


We're also looking into reports of a power outage in Aina Haina. We've received calls to our newsroom and posts to our facebook page about service going out around 2 this morning.


Here's a new concern we haven't heard yet about Honolulu's rail project: not enough places to sit! A new report by a private consulting firm shows that the two car trains would hold 318 passengers, but would only have 64 seats. The report obtained by our partner the Star Advertiser says 200 riders would have to stand. City officials say the lack of seats won't affect ridership because most people won't ride the entire 20 mile route.


Watch what you say at the State Capitol! The House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill that would make "disrespectful or contemptuous behavior" at the Legislature a petty misdemeanor. However, the State Attorney General takes issue with the bill's language. For one, if heckling and booing could be penalized, but not cheering and applauding, it could be a content-based restriction on free speech.


Surf has dropped below advisory levels, but we're watching for rain this weekend. Dan is tracking the latest storm system headed toward the Islands. You can stay on top of possible severe weather by checking out our interactive radar.


And, the end of this work week means our Sunrise crew has to say goodbye to one of our producers. Terri Inefuku, our segment producer who books and greets guests, among other things, is leaving Hawaii News Now for a new opportunity with Living Lei Chic, the lifestyle website featured on Sunrise. So this isn't goodbye for good. We hope to see Terri in future segments. Good luck Terri! We'll miss you.

Hope you can join us on an Aloha Friday!

Tannya Joaquin