A lot's happening on this Aloha Friday. Here's a rundown of stories coming up on Sunrise.
WILDFIRE MOP UP
A wildfire scorched 10 acres near North South Road off the H-1 overnight. Two westbound lanes were closed while firefighters fought the flames. They're now mopping up and monitoring hotspots.
TRAFFIC ALERT: CAR HIT POLE
Crews are working to replace a utility pole that was knocked down by a car on Kalaeloa Boulevard. Repairs could run through the morning commute so steer clear of Kalaeloa between Malakole Street and Kapolei Boulevard. Traffic updates ahead every 10 minutes on Sunrise.
BIG ISLAND ESCAPEE FOUND
Hilo police have caught Ryan Jeffries-Hamar. He's the prison inmate who escaped from the Hawaii Community Correctional Center last week with another man who was captured last Friday. Jeffries-Hamar was behind bars, awaiting trial for another escape.
REPORT CRITICIZES SENATOR INOUYE
Senator Daniel Inouye hopes to return to work on Capitol Hill today for the first time since fainting in his office last week due to oxygen supply issues with his portable unit. Meanwhile, a new article in "The Hill" reports that Inouye is under pressure to give up his appointment as Chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee. The paper quotes an unnamed Democratic Senator, who reportedly said the Committee has been run by Inouye's staff for almost 7 years. We're working to get a response from Senator Inouye's staff and an update on his condition on Sunrise.
SEVERE WEATHER: CYCLONE DAMAGE TO SAMOA
Damage is extensive from a powerful cyclone that flattened homes, uprooted trees, and flooded streets in Samoa. We have new video from the hardest hit areas and a slideshow at HawaiiNewsNow.com.
CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE: NO TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED
A 6.3 earthquake hit off Santa Catalina Island in Southern California early this morning. No tsunami warning was issued.
How about our weather for so many outdoor holiday traditions ahead like Hawaii Kai's Festival of Lights Boat parade? Meteorologist Jennifer Robbins will have our weekend forecast.
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