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Dillon Ancheta, a Kauai native, has been with Hawaii News Now since December 2016.
BA Journalism, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Kauai High School Alumnus, c/o 2014
Recent Articles by Dillon
Soft launch held for Blaisdell Concert Hall as a COVID vaccination site
The new vaccination clinic will open Monday for those 75 and older.
Published January 23, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Woman who nearly died in violent sex assault: ‘It could have happened to anyone’
She hopes sharing her story will give courage to other sex assault victims to seek help.
Published January 21, 2021 at 12:08 AM
DOE cancels proms, other large gatherings for remainder of the school year
There is an exception for graduation ceremonies, though they will not be traditional.
Published January 12, 2021 at 10:24 PM
After unsuccessful negotiations, nurses of Kapiolani Medical Center vote to strike
The union says 93% of the nurses voted in favor of authorizing the strike.
Published January 10, 2021 at 2:45 PM
Elderly man in critical condition after pedestrian crash on Kauai
The man was later flown to the Queen's Medical Center on Oahu where he remains in critical condition.
Published January 9, 2021 at 5:15 PM
WATCH: 2020 In Memoriam, Hawaii News Now looks back on the notable lives lost
From Hawaiian music icons to community servants, Hawaii lost some great names in 2020.
Published December 30, 2020 at 10:38 PM
Kauai man arrested following deadly Christmas Eve crash
He faces charges of manslaughter and first-degree negligent injury.
Published December 30, 2020 at 9:29 PM
Pandemic prevents Honolulu Festival 2021 from happening
The cancellation marks the second year the festival will not be held.
Published December 22, 2020 at 7:36 PM
Lava lake from Halemaumau Crater eruption now covers 33 acres, scientists say
In the early hours of Monday morning, fountains of lava shot 165 feet into the air and fed a lava lake at the basin of the crater.
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Published December 22, 2020 at 6:01 AM
Scientists were expecting an eruption at Halemaumau crater, but not so soon
Scientists were planning to up the advisory level Monday, before the eruption happened.
Published December 21, 2020 at 11:30 AM
Mayor Caldwell worries jump in cases will force city back to tier 1 by year’s end
One big factor of the jump in cases: Positive results from prisons are still factored into the city.
Published December 21, 2020 at 7:17 AM
For years, HNN’s Christmas tree was anonymously gifted. We now know who it was from
We never got the chance to say thank you – so we’re saying it now.
Published December 20, 2020 at 6:46 PM
DOE announces furlough schedule for teachers, employees starting Jan. 4
The DOE sent an email to public school teachers Monday night with a list of dates the furloughs will take place.
Published December 14, 2020 at 10:44 PM
‘Mr. Christmas’ Richard Tajiri’s celebration of life set for this weekend
Mr. Tajiri became a beloved community figure especially during the holidays, selling Christmas trees to Honolulu families.
Published December 8, 2020 at 4:40 PM
Nearly a year and a ton of odd jobs later, this UH grad paid off his student loans
Over the weekend, he sent his creditors a lump sum payment of $53,757.
Published December 7, 2020 at 10:15 PM
Hawaii DOH places its first order for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine
The prepositioning order won't come until after the FDA approves the vaccine.
Published December 7, 2020 at 7:23 AM
After a very close call, a below-average Pacific hurricane season comes to an end
You can breathe a sigh of relief: Hurricane season 2020 is officially over.
Published November 30, 2020 at 10:35 AM
Maui group Na Wai ‘Eha earns a Grammy nomination
Their album 'Lovely Sunrise' is in the running for the Best Regional Roots Album award.
Published November 24, 2020 at 3:56 PM
Kauai reports first COVID-19 fatality since pandemic began
Officials said the fatality was that of an elderly resident who had no history of travel.
Published November 23, 2020 at 5:54 PM
Suspicious item prompts bomb squad response in Kakaako
A taco stand owner discovered the item on the sidewalk. He initially thought it was a firework shell.
Published November 14, 2020 at 1:42 PM
How We Live: The pandemic didn’t drive him from Hawaii. It didn’t keep him here, either.
Carl Bonham, director of the Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawaii, predicted earlier this year that some 30,000 Hawaii residents would leave the Aloha State by 2022.
Published November 11, 2020 at 2:14 PM
Honolulu mayor-elect makes first selection of incoming administration
The Managing Director of Honolulu is ultimately responsible for assisting the mayor in overseeing city departments.
Published November 9, 2020 at 12:01 PM
Kahuku’s ‘Red Raider’ mascot soon to be a thing of the past
The DOE received a complaint that the mascot was disrespectful and racially insensitive to Native Americans.
Published November 8, 2020 at 5:01 PM
Kauai woman wins Miss Teen USA crown on national stage
The last time a contestant from Hawaii won the title was actress and model Kelly Hu in 1985.
Published November 8, 2020 at 3:37 PM
6 puppies abandoned in sealed plastic container outside Maui Humane Society
Unfortunately, two of the six puppies did not survive.
Published November 8, 2020 at 2:48 PM
More people voted in Hawaii’s general election than ever before
Most Hawaii residents voted by mail, getting their ballots in early.
Published November 4, 2020 at 10:43 AM
CrimeStoppers Honolulu used to rely heavily on volunteers. The pandemic changed that
With less people to answer the phones, they're urging people to submit tips through a mobile app.
Published October 31, 2020 at 1:29 PM
Target is expanding in Hawaii: Kauai location coming soon
The retailer will move into the former Kmart at Kukui Grove, which has sat empty since late Sept. 2018.
Published October 28, 2020 at 3:22 PM
It’s only October, but the snow is already falling atop Mauna Kea
It’s believed to be the first snowfall of the winter season.
Published October 26, 2020 at 10:21 PM
More mysterious lights appear over Hawaii (and they’re likely not Starlink satellites)
Some viewers described it as a plane-like figure with lights. Another said it was the size of a football field.
Published October 25, 2020 at 2:40 PM
Rainbow Wahine get two-game sweep over CSU Fullerton, after 57-43 victory on Saturday
Rough ocean conditions churn erosion concerns around Oahu
Forecast: Disturbance expected to several days of rainy weather
Host of safety protocols in place to prevent COVID outbreak during legislative session
Rainbow Warriors basketball gets road victory over CSU Fullerton, 76-53