HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Before we get to entertainment news, let's update you on one of the stories we've been following: Earthquake overnight in Japan; 45 people have been injured. The magnitude 6-point-2 quake caused at least 19 homes to collapse. The epicenter was on the southern island of Kyushu. It struck at about 9:25 p.m. in Japan, that's 2:25 a.m. Hawaii time. Those have been disrupting rescue operations. It's also been dark, hampering the ability to assess the damage. Power is out to 16-thousand homes, but we're told by Hawaii News Now staff in Tokyo, that no tremors were felt there. No tsunami was generated and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center explained to us that these lower magnitudes don't usually create a hazardous tsunami for Hawaii. However the probability rises...if you get a "shallow depth" quake of a 7.0 magnitude or greater, that's also located near the ocean or offshore.
We also heard via Facebook former Kona resident Ray Yamane who lives about 25 miles from Kumamoto City; as of 8:30am Hawaii Time, they were still being rocked by aftershocks with the last measuring with a magnitude of about 4.6. (8:29am HST according to USGS)
Ok Entertainment News: Today, Cyril Pahinui is scheduled to get out of the hospital. The local musician has been there since early March, with a collapsed lung. His family says surgeries have been successful... and he's now breathing on his own... and able to speak and sing. One of the things motivating him to recover has been the upcoming Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila on Saturday April 23rd. There is a press conference scheduled for later this morning; we'll have more details tonight on Hawaii News Now and today on here on our website.
Tonight on KHNL, a special report: Former Governors Ben Cayetano and John Waihee take part in a candid discussion about the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement. The half hour discussion is called the "Sovereignty Divide." The governors also discuss the Thirty Meter Telescope and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. That's tonight on KHNL at 6:30 p.m.
From Kauai -- some lucky visitors to the Hanalei Pier got quite a show over the weekend! It was the Kamehameha Schools' Concert Glee Club! During their trip to the garden island this past weekend -- the choir stopped by Hanalei Pier -- and gave a very spirited impromptu performance. Performing Arts director Alika Young also jumped in for one last hula before their departure back to Oahu.
They were on Kauai to sing at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center -- for their show -- "Kulaiwi: Our Home", a unique performance of mele, hula, and a love of the place we call home: Hawai?i. If you have a video you want us to "check out" -- email us at news-at-hawaii-news-now-dot-com or post them on our Facebook page.