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LIST: Road closures planned for Great Aloha Run on Presidents’ Day

‘Thank you, Oahu’: Man completes his mission to walk the perimeter of the island

  Second man arrested in connection with Makiki shooting

  Firefighters extinguish raging, 2-alarm house fire in Kaneohe

Discovery of a body leads to a murder investigation, arrest on Hawaii Island

Body found in an area where Hawaii Island woman went missing

Continued Coverage

  Purse thief found guilty after his Chinatown crime is caught on surveillance footage

  ‘A lot of phobia’: Coronavirus fears pack a punch for Chinatown businesses

Man in critical condition after being pulled from North Shore waters

  Forecast: Breezy trade wind weather to dominate the coming week

  US Embassy: Americans aboard quarantined ship to fly home

  Hawaii man sickened by coronavirus on quarantined cruise ship recounts his ordeal

Forecast: Trade wind conditions for the next several days

Conditions will be stable, with just a few windward and mountain-area showers.

In Waikiki, visitors and workers alike take precautions amid coronavirus fears

Hotel housekeepers are also wearing masks and gloves.

Students at Aliamanu Middle School give hands-on reboot to traditional career day

The administration at Aliamanu Middle School wanted to create a career day that focused on doing instead of listening.

Maryland visitor dies after getting into trouble while snorkeling off Waianae

A lifeguard helped the paddleboarder bring the 54-year-old to shore.

Father of missing Big Island woman says search teams have found her phone, a shoe

  She goes by Julie, grandma or ‘Marathon Goddess’ ... and she’s running for a cure

Ambulance headed to emergency in Kailua involved in crash

  WATCH ‘This is Now’: Hawaii resident who fell ill on quarantined cruise ship off Japan speaks out

  Coronavirus test kits sent to Hawaii are flawed

Big Island police seek 2 men accused of stealing $1K worth of fruit, including durian

  State works on plan to combat newly-introduced pest that preys on avocado plants

State entomologists say the avocado lace bug was first detected in Pearl City in December then found on the Big Island as well as plants in retail outlets on Maui.

Maui man found guilty of trying to have sex with 14-year-old girl

He's set to be sentenced in June.

Forecast: Breezy trade winds taking over through next week

The high pressure fan will be building in northeast of the area.

Search underway for 2 anglers feared swept out to sea off Big Island

First responders found their vehicle at the beach park and their gear onshore in the breaking surf zone.

  2 Hawaii residents on quarantined cruise ship off Japan contract coronavirus

She is one of 218 cruise passengers and crew members to have contracted the illness.

  From retirement hobby to passion: Aiea man’s pressed pennies are tiny works of art

Contrary to what some may think, elongating pennies isn’t considered defacing currency.

  Suit: State owes Homelands beneficiaries decades of back rent for Mauna Kea road

"This issue is about holding Hawaiian Homes and the state of Hawaii to its legal duties and responsibilities."

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

‘Hawaii Five-0’ warns of simulated gunfire planned for Waikiki apartment

A video message board warning of the gunfire is posted on Kalakaua Avenue.

  Forecast: Breezy trade winds heading into the weekend

Passing clouds and showers will continue for windward and mauka areas.

Massachusetts visitor, 64, dies after fall from cliff at Kauai’s Shipwreck Beach

Authorities said Karen Smith was hiking when she apparently slipped and fell into the water.

  Limbaugh draws bipartisan condemnation for Buttigieg remarks

Rush Limbaugh is a Trump ally and made the remarks Wednesday on his nationally syndicated radio show.

  Florence Puana, key figure in case against Kealohas, dies at 100

Puana lived long enough to see her granddaughter go to prison for stealing from her and her son.

Big Island police investigating fatal crash in Puna

It happened just before 6:30 a.m. between mile markers 2 and 3.

Former President Barack Obama’s childhood home in Manoa is up for sale

Obama lived in the University Avenue home from 1964 to 1967.

  Former HNN General Manager Rick Blangiardi announces run for mayor

Blangiardi made the announcement Wednesday at Old Stadium Park in front of dozens of supporters.

Military housing rentals offered to Hawaii school teachers

The initiative is aimed at addressing the problem of retaining and recruiting teachers.

Hawaii Senate committee approves edible medical cannabis

Even if the bill passes the Legislature , the products are unlikely to be legally available in the state for many months.

2 injured after vehicle veers off road, crashes into pole, tree in Mililani

The crash happened along Meheula Parkway near Kuahelani.

  Close-knit North Shore community mourns mother, young son killed in head-on crash

Witnesses reported seeing the sedan overtaking other vehicles before the collision.

Forecast: Trade wind weather returns, scattered showers persist

A departing storm system and a building high northeast of the state will bring a gradual return of trade wind weather to the islands over the next couple days.

  Opponents claim victory as the Missile Defense Agency pulls the plug on a controversial radar project

The Pentagon is nixing its plan for a billion-dollar missile defense radar in Hawaii.

  Topgolf could still be coming to Oahu, but it’ll take a few years

The renovation would create about 650 jobs.

After hefty dusting of snow, Haleakala reopens

The snow atop Maui’s Haleakala has defrosted just a bit.

  Trial begins for Air Force sergeant accused of beating his daughter, just days old

A Facebook message was among the highlights in Wednesday's opening arguments.

  Bill would eliminate special inspections for lowriders, lifted vehicles

"It doesn’t necessarily make the roads any safer."

This ‘Tell me a Story’ podcast will change your perception of what a classroom is

For nearly three decades Hawaii News Now reporter Jim Mendoza has been telling people’s stories.

  Looking for a unique gift for your Valentine? These ‘roses’ last forever

"It’s a long process and I hope that everyone that gets one really appreciates the work that went into it,”

Wanted Wednesday: Man wanted for allegedly stealing, using woman’s credit card

CrimeStoppers Honolulu says 33-year-old Michael Aguero is wanted on an $11,000 arrest warrant.

Rally held for unwed Catholic school director asked to leave because she’s pregnant

Legal experts say what the school did appears legal since federal anti-discrimination laws do not apply to religious organizations for employees in leadership roles.

  Forecast: Overnight showers ahead of more typical trade wind conditions

Trade winds could become quite breezy by the weekend.

  Teacher who’s helped countless students use video to tell stories scores national award

In 15 years at his alma mater, he's helped hundreds of students learn the art of video storytelling. Some went on to careers in television news.

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

From using a specialized retirement plan to considering using a "robo advisor," experts explain how you can grow your retirement savings.

  WATCH ‘This is Now’: Passengers, crew on quarantined ship grow more concerned

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Jury finds man guilty of attempted murder in brutal hammer beating

Last week, Pineda testified that Kalani said he was going to kill her before hitting her with a hammer.

  The future of Dillingham Airfield remains up in the air

A community on Oahu's North Shore is begging for a compromise over the Dillingham Airfield.

Police arrest woman accused of threatening security guards in Waikiki

She was arrested about an hour later on Ena Road.

Kauai police launch murder investigation after man’s body found along highway

The body was found about 8:30 a.m.

Hawaii lawmakers debate child care and early learning goals

Hawaii lawmakers seeking to increase affordable child care in the state face a debate over the qualifications for providers.

Forecast: Unsettled weather before drier conditions settle in

A storm system located just northeast of Maui will continue to drift slowly toward the state through early Wednesday morning, then will move southwest of the islands by late Wednesday.

  Chinatown merchants blame fears over coronavirus for drastic decline in business

One shop owner says she's never seen it this slow in her more than three decades in business.

Texas-based contractor fined for failing to pay overtime to Hawaii workers

A judge ordered the company will have to pay more than $300,000 in penalties.

  Wahiawa mother tries to honor her son’s memory in graduation dispute

A graduation is usually a time to celebrate, but an upcoming ceremony will be bittersweet for a Wahiawa mother.

  Charges dropped after video evidence tells a different story of alleged kidnapping, sex assault

“Lied completely about everything," the defense attorney said about the woman who contacted police.

Feeling the love: Hundreds of senior citizens boogie down at annual Valentine’s dance

“It’s all about love and having fun,” said Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell.

TRAFFIC: Delivery of a massive transformer to slow drivers in town Wednesday

The transport will take place between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

  Man who recorded monk seal slapping video says his friend ‘just wanted to touch it’

“As soon as he did it, he wasn’t proud of it."

Family of a Maui kumu hula files wrongful death suit over deadly fentanyl dose

Martha Medeiros died after she went to Maui Memorial Medical Center in March 2017.

  Disney show recognizes tween on a mission to preserve America’s national parks

He's visited more than 40 national parks, including in Hawaii.

  Japan confirms 39 new coronavirus cases, 174 total on quarantined cruise ship

At least six Hawaii passengers ― none of whom are infected ― are on that ship.

  UH study uses dolphins in captivity to better understand their wild counterparts

“Not only do we want to support science that helps our own dolphins, but the big picture is definitely how can our dolphins here advocate for their wild counterparts."

City looks for organization that could restore, operate Haiku Stairs

“Public access to the stairs for hiking and guided educational experiences can help to preserve the history attached to it and to tell the stories of this special place for future generations."

  WATCH ‘This is Now’: CDC confirms 13th case of coronavirus in US

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  6 years after Charli Scott’s murder, her parents are still waiting to receive her remains

They're even taking on a legal movement to prevent the red tape from burdening other families.

Merrie Monarch organizers release 2020 list of participating halau, judges

The 57th annual Merrie Monarch Festival takes place April 12 through 18 in Hilo at the Edith Kanakaole Stadium

Salvage crews work to remove grounded sailboat off Kaimana Beach

According to Ocean Safety officials, the boat ran aground during high winds on Sunday afternoon.

Rainbow Drive-In is expanding! This time, to Ewa Beach

This would be Rainbow Drive-In's fourth franchise location.

Man accused of slamming into vehicle, swinging machete at victim in Kalihi

The suspect was arrested about an hour and a half after the incident.