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A look back at Hawaii's top stories of 2014

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From the lava threat to an historic election, 2014 was full of big news stories that generated buzz.

No topic has been hotter this year than lava. Puna prayed, as Pele took aim, with the June 27th flow. So far, lava has destroyed a home, forced schools and businesses to close, and kept an entire community wondering how long will the flow go?

From hot to cold. A rare winter dusting on Maunakea in January inspired some to haul away souvenir snow-- and others to go 'snow surfing.'

Big surf was a big crowd pleaser. A super-sized swell slammed the state in January. The largest in a decade delivered epic 50 foot waves, big enough, but not good enough to run the Eddie.

In April, surfers were upstaged by humpback whales at Pipeline that caught a wave.

Jarvis Gray caught the magic moment on camera.

If this far-fetched story wasn't caught on camera-- no one would believe it.

On April 20th, a teen stowaway survived in the wheel well of a Hawaiian plane all the way from California to Maui.

Some call it a miracle that a series of hurricanes, one after another, did not do more damage.

Iselle was the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on the Big Island in recorded history. Puna was hit the hardest, with toppled trees, and mass power outage that lingered for weeks after Iselle was history.

Bruno Mars made history at the Super Bowl.

After smashing a halftime show record with 115 million viewers, the Roosevelt grad came home for 3 sold out shows at the Blaisdell, and won a Grammy for "Best Pop Vocal."

However, no win was bigger than David Ige's. In a matter of months, he went from unknown to upset. The State Senator beat incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie in a landslide, historic primary election. Ige then cruised to victory over Duke Aiona and Mufi Hannemann in the general election, to become Hawaii's 8th Governor.

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