LANDFILL EXTENSION DECISION
Happening today, an important decision is expected on the future of the Waimanalo Gulch landfill. The Planning Commission will meet this morning at 9 and either approve or deny a 15 year extension. This comes on the heels of a big blunder in the search for a new landfill site. An "error" put Kahuku at the top of the list instead of Kailua. In our Mayoral Debate Wednesday night, the candidates declined to identify a potential landfill site. Hawaii News Now will be following the landfill decision and report the outcome first on HawaiiNewsNow.com.
OVERNIGHT POWER OUTAGE
Power went out at 11 last night to about 4 thousand HECO from Makiki to Pauoa up into Palolo Valley. The cause is unknown, but service was restored around 1 this morning.
MONEY TALKS AT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
The State's Democratic Convention starts today at the Sheraton Waikiki, with one notable change. For the first time, the party is charging candidates to address delegates at the convention. We're talking 500-dollars a minute. Party officials say, "It's a way of raising revenue to cover the cost of the convention which has gotten expensive for delegates, especially from the Neighbor Islands."
SEVERE WEATHER: HURRICANE BUD LATEST
Hurricane Bud is churning toward Mexico's Pacific coast today as a weaker Category 2 storm. School was canceled in 11 communities and emergency shelters have been opened. Dan will have the latest on this severe weather threat.
To prepare for our Hurricane season, the Hawaii Red Cross and University of Hawaii Sea Grant office will hold a Hurricane Preparedness Fair at Windward Mall. It's tomorrow from 10am to 2pm. Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. You can always download our hurricane tracker.
WEATHER NOW: WINDS DROPPING
Wind advisories have been dropped, but it's still breezy on this Aloha Friday, heading into the weekend.
LANTERN FLOATING CEREMONY PREPS
Preps are in full swing for the 15th Annual Lantern Floating Ceremony at Magic Island. Ramsay will have a live preview on Sunrise. By the way, I have the honor of co-emceeing the ceremony with Dan Cooke. We'll bring it to you live on KGMB Monday night at 6:30pm.
'SEW A LEI' FOR VETS
Helping hands are needed tomorrow to "sew a lei" for memorial day. Each year, more than 50-thousand lei are placed on gravesites of veterans at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. To get involved, meet at the Honolulu Hale courtyard from 11am to 1pm.
ALOHA FRIDAY MUSIC FROM NA HOKU HANOHANO NOMINEE ABRIGO OHANA
Hawaii's top musicians will be honored at the Hokus this weekend. This morning, we're pleased to have Aloha Friday music from the Abrigo Ohana, nominee in the 'Most Promising Artist of the Year' category.
See you on Sunrise!