Tsunami Debris Vote, Pray for Mike, Rain Returns


We've all seen the mountain of tsunami debris drifting toward Hawaii. But what is the City of Honolulu doing to prepare? Today, City Council members will vote on the tsunami debris resolution and plan to keep garbage out of Waimanalo Gulch landfill. Current estimates say about 5 million tons of debris went into the water and about 1.5 million tons are still on the ocean's surface. Most of that debris will not hit Hawaii and may break up or sink, but NOAA wants help if you spot any tsunami debris. Hawaii News Now has been tracking the debris. You can watch our report here.


The family of Mike Prickett, a world famous underwater cinematographer from the North Shore of Oahu is asking for prayers. Prickett has been partially paralyzed following a diving accident while working in Tahiti. He saved the life of another diver on the job, but in the process Prickett sustained a severe case of decompression sickness. "I was doing an underwater shoot for wetsuits and dive gear," Prickett said. "I saw another diver sinking and panicking. I dove down to 220 feet to save him, but he used up all my air. I'm glad I was able to rescue him and he could walk away from the incident. "I want to thank my family and friends for their prayers. I really need your prayers right now." His award winning work includes Riding Giants and Step Into Liquid. Mike's family released a short video showcasing some of his underwater footage, titled "Pray For Mike". It can be viewed at this link.


Hope you enjoyed the sunshine while it lasted because the rain has returned. Dan has two words to sum up our forecast today: "wet and windy". It looks like winds will pick up to 25-30 mph and that could spread showers. Most of the rain will be in the windward and mauka areas. If you haven't already, download our Hawaii Weather Now App to track the wet weather.


The UH football team hits the practice field kicks off day 2 of spring ball at 7 this morning. Coach Chow called yesterday a "very good day." Practice is free and open to the public.


The Blue Angels will be back for the Kaneohe Bay Air Show. Mark your calendars. The Navy's elite flight team will perform September 29th and 30th.


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