There are two construction projects underway that could affect your drive to work.
WAIKIKI SEWER WORK
Today, the City starts pre-construction work on a 5.7 million dollar overhaul of sewer lines in Waikiki. There will be some lane restrictions on Kuhio Avenue between Olohana Street and Lewers. We'll have the latest traffic updates every 10 minutes on Sunrise.
RAIL FOUNDATION GOING UP
A big step is underway in the rail project. The concrete has been poured for the foundations that will hold the columns for Honolulu's rail system. This paves the way literally for construction of the columns that will hold the train tracks. That's slated for 2 weeks from now.
TEACHERS VOTE... AGAIN
Happening today, the teachers union will vote on the same contract they rejected in January. This time, a "no" vote amounts to a strike authorization. The Governor says the offer is no longer on the table and new negotiations need to begin.
UH CHANCELLOR DECISION
Also today, the Board of Regents will decide whether the top candidate to take over the UH Manoa Chancellor position is the right person for the job. Tom Apple is a Provost at the University of Delaware. There's been more scrutiny of this position and pay after Keoki Kerr's investigation into the sabbatical pay for outgoing Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw. You can see Keoki's investigation here.
MISSING WOMAN'S CAR FOUND
Also an update on breaking news we first brought you at 10 last night. Police have found the car of a Waipahu woman who has been missing since Mother's Day. Loida Wideman's brother says that police told him there was no sign of damage and no sign of a break-in. Despite the lead, there's no trace of the 39 year old mother of three.
ONE ON ONE WITH RIHANNA... ON BATTLESHIP & THE BOYS
From music... to movies. Rihanna's first acting role has her playing a tough weapons specialists in a fight to the finish against aliens. My one on one interview with the international superstar covers a lot of ground. Rihanna opens up about why she loves Hawaii, who was her on set crush and why the Director hid something from her during shooting. We're talking sharks! Join Sunrise for my chat with Rihanna at 6:50. Don't worry if you miss it, we'll post Rihanna's entire 8 minute interview as a web extra today on HawaiiNewsNow.com.
FUEL FOR THOUGHT: EV TEST DRIVE
Sunrise teamed up with the Star Advertiser to test out the EV experience. Yesterday, I showed you my Chevy Volt test drive. Today, Steve gives us a glimpse at what it's like to drive a Nissan Leaf. See Steve's test drive at 5:45.
Enter our free gas giveaway for a chance to drive off with A $100 gift card. All you have to do is text "76HAWAII" to "HNN808." That's 466808. Good luck!
RAMSAY DARES TO CHECK OUT THE STINKY FLOWER
Aww, nothing quite like the smell of fresh flowers. Okay, maybe not in this case. We told you yesterday on Sunrise that the corpse flower at Foster Botanical Garden has bloomed. Crowds are flocking there to take a whiff on the infamous "rotting flesh" odor it puts out. Ramsay picked the short straw and has to go check it out.
I'd also like to thank viewers for your patience as we work throught technical difficulties that knocked Sunrise off air for a couple of hours yesterday morning. We know you're disappointed that you weren't able to tune in to get the traffic, weather and news you need to start your day. Trust me when I say, there are dozens of people who work tirelessly while you're sleeping who are just as upset when Sunrise can't go on. Mahalo for choosing us for your morning news.
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