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Breast milk bought online can be dangerous to child - Hawaii News Now

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Breast milk bought online can be dangerous to child
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A new study finds buying and selling breast milk online can be dangerous to babies. Close says she can't imagine feeding her little one any other way.
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A warning for new mothers.  Aloha, Russ.

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National parks on Hawaii Island, Maui to celebrate Hawaiian Flag Day - KHON2

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National parks on Hawaii Island, Maui to celebrate Hawaiian Flag Day
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On Thursday, July 31, five national parks on Hawaii Island and Maui will simultaneously commemorate Hawaiian Flag Day (La Hae Hawaii).
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The events are free, but entrance fees apply at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakala National Park.   Ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m., 31 July 2014 and will run through 12:00 noon.  Aloha, Russ.

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Office of Hawaiian Affairs Admits to Secret Meeting With US Department of Interior - Watchdog Wire

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Admits to Secret Meeting With US Department of Interior - Watchdog Wire | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is on another ‘Nation Building ‘Aha’ drive, but even with the offer of a $10,000-per-meeting bribe, sovereignty activists remain skeptical--as they should—and the dots connect right back to the last big scheme to loot...
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There are some people in the Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement that don't subscribe to the "nation within a nation" concept favored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).  Free Hawaii claims OHA has secretly met with U.S. Department of the Interior officials and sent OHA chair Colette Machado, Native Hawaiian Roll Commission Head John Waihe'e III, and others to Washington, D.C. to confer with Interior Department officials on plans that would  violate OHA's public support of Native Hawaiian independence. OHA CEO Kamana'opono Crabbe later admitted OHA's "duplicity" but "offered money to activists will to go along" with plans for a "government-to-government" relationship with the United States.  According to Free Hawaii officials, "Crabbe...admits OHA is in secret negotiations with the Feds and that such negotiations are OHA's job and are part of a 'process' designed to bring something to the table."  Comment:  Until such disagreements between Hawaiians are resolved, not much progress can be made in forming a "Native Hawaiian Governing Entity."  To paraphrase a well-worn axiom,  "Nero fiddled while Rome burned."  This will be  long-running discussion, whose outcome remains uncertain.  Aloha, Russ.

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Tahiti Fete of Hilo Returns to the Big Island | Hawaii News and ...

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The drums will be pounding and hips will again be gyrating as the Tahiti Fete of Hilo returns to Hawaii Island on Saturday and Sunday July 26 and 27, thanks to founding producer Pua Tokumoto. “The last year we did it in Hilo ...
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One of the most stunning and beautiful dance exhibitions returns to Hilo's Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium on the 26th and 27th of July.  "Tahiti Fete 2014" will feature dance troupes from Hawaii, Mexico, the U.S. mainland and French Polynesia.  This is a true dance spectacular.  For more information, contact event director Pua Tokumoto at 935-3002.  Aloha, Russ.

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Kauai dairy farm plans to start with fewer cows - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Kauai dairy farm plans to start with fewer cows - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Breaking - Hawaii's news leader for Hawaii news. Honolulu Star-Advertiser provides up to the minute breaking news in Honolulu, Hawaii. With expanded photo coverage of Hawaii sports, entertainment, nightlife and insightful business news coverage.
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Plans for a Kauai dairy operatin are being changed in response to odor and other environmental issues.  Hawaii Dairy Farms announced today (Friday) that it will start "on a smaller scale with 650 to 699 cows."  Investor Ulupono Initiative General Partner Kyle Datta says a phased approach will "demonstrate how a grass-fed dairy is different than the traditional feedlot model."  Datta says he's disappointed about the community concerns but wants to show Kauai residents the farm will practice "responsible agriculture."  Meanwhile, a lawsuit by a Kauai resort seeking to stop the dairy is pending.  Aloha, Russ.

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Eight persons airlifted from trail after woman was injured.

Tour group didn't have permit to enter forest.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

A 36-year-old woman visitor from Mexico sprained her ankle while she was hiking to see an active lava flow and was airlifted off a rainforest trail by a Hawaii County helicopter early Wednesday evening.  The woman was on a guided lava tour with five other family members, who were also airlifted, along with two Ahiu Hawaii tour guides, to a landing zone in the Fern Forrest subdivision, where the woman was examined by medical personnel from the Volcano Fire Station.  Fire Battalion Chief Jerry Lum said, "The reason for airlifting the entire group was to keep them together as a unit."  According to a Fire Department press release, the rescue took place on a muddy trail in the Kahaualea National Area Reserve, but Ahiu Hawaii owner Orion-Independence Enocencio said it actually occurred in the Wao Kele o Puna rainforest.  In a email from OHA spokesman Garett Kamemoto, it was made clear that the Wao Kele o Puna rainforest is part of the forest reserve and "subject to DLNR rules", and referred questions to them.  Kamemoto added that "OHA does not condone the use of its land at Wao Kele o Puna for  commercial activities."  Aloha, Russ.

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Expansion of Pahoa park project will begin soon.

$22.3 million expansion includes lighted baseball fields and covered playcourts.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

Hawaii County officials announced Thursday that construction of the Pahoa District Park will get underway in less than two weeks.  The $22.3 million project will add 29 acres of park space to the existing 15-acre park on Kauhale Street.  According to Hawaii County officials, Nan , Inc. will begin clearing and grading the site on 04 August, with a completion date of about a year.  When the park is finished, there will be two lighted baseball fields, two multi-purpose fields, covered play courts, and restrooms.  One of the fields will have lights for nightime use.  Most of the existing facilities, including a swimming pool, community and senior centers, and a skate park will remain.  A "dilapidated basketball court" will be removed.  Aloha, Russ.

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Judge rules in favor of the Kulani Correctional Facility on Hawaii Island.

Ohana Ho'opakele wanted to stop the reopening of the prison.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

Hilo Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara has granted the Department of Public Safety's request for a summary judgment against Ohana Ho'opakele, a Hawaiian group who sued to stop the reopening of the Kulani minimum security prison about 20 miles southwest of Hilo.  In effect, "the ruling dismisses the lawsuit."  The group wanted to have a pu'uhonua or place of refuge or healing at the site, instead of a prison.  The group argued that the state's environmental assessment didn't consider a pu'uhonua.  The group also added that the state had not implemented Act 117, which directed the Department of Public Safety to work with Ohana Ho'opakele and other groups to establish a place of refuge at Kulani unless a better site could be found.  Judge Hara had previously denied Ohana Ho'opakele's motions for a summary and an injunction to stop the prison's reopening.  Ohana Ho'opakele President Ralph Palikapu Dedman accused DPS director Ted Sakai of "overuse of the term "kapuna"...to escape what he should be addressing."  Dedman told reporter Burnett that Ohana Ho'opakele would be willing to meet with DPS about what they think should be done in creating a pu'uhonua at the Kulani facility.  Aloha, Russ.

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Free school supplies given to Hawaii military kids - Hawaii News Now

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Free school supplies given to Hawaii military kids
Hawaii News Now
With the help of Operation Homefront, many of Hawaii's military kids are ready to head back to school!
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The national nonprofit group "Operation Homefront" has given more than 500 military children free backpacks full of school supplies at two back-to-back events at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and at Schofield  Barracks.  More than 30 volunteers set up the program, packing and passing out new donated backpacks filled with school supplies.  Brittney Orton, the Hawaii Community Liaison for "Operation Homefront" said, "We're here to lend a hand to military families who deal not only with deployments and other stresses of military life, but also the economic difficulties shared by all Americans."  Aloha, Russ.

 

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Master canoe carver stolen from, again - Hawaii News Now

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rMaster canoe carver stolen from, again
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Hundreds of dead fish and other marine animals wash up on Kailua Beach Tuesday morning. It's another area where the State Department of Health is urging people to stay out of the water.More >>.

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Sometimes you just can't win. Take the case of master canoe carver "Uncle Bobby"  Puakea.  For the fourth time in three years and the second time in less than a month, Puakea has been the victim of theft. This time, Puakea says someone broke into his locked storage shed at Heeia State Park and removed $4,000 worth of tools and assorted items.  The loss will set his timetable back a couple of months on the canoes he is making.  Those with leads in the case should call 808-955-8300.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii hotels rake in record revenue - KITV Honolulu

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Hawaii hotels rake in record revenue KITV Honolulu $390 million was taken in by Hawaii hotels and resorts. The reasons for the record revenue were strong room demand and higher rates.
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So far strong visitor demand and higher room rates are making money for the state. We must be careful not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Aloha , Russ.
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Top 6 ways we'll beat climate change (number 1 will surprise you!) | Decarboni.se

Top 6 ways we'll beat climate change (number 1 will surprise you!) | Decarboni.se | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Maximize the idea of geothermal energy.
http://t.co/WX4QvriM2d
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A pretty good article by reporter Brian Houston on how simple energy saving techniques can cut energy usage and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the environment.  Of the six ways energy saving tips offered by Houston, "end use energy efficiency" is the most effective in cutting back power demand.  Replacing "the thousands of fluoro tubes in offices with LED (light emitting diodes) versions will cut electric use by 30%."  Other energy saving steps include the use of "smart" appliances that turn themselves off when they aren't being used and such low-tech approaches as adding insulation "can provide a 20% savings on your heating and cooling bill--and, in turn, reduce energy usage."  Most of these suggestions are just plain common sense and can be implemented at low cost.  At my house, I've saved over $20 per month by putting a timer on my electric water heater.  Appliances that aren't being used are unplugged.  As for saving money, I rarely cook anymore.  Most of the food I eat is fruit and vegetables which require little preparation other than washing and cleaning before eating.  Aloha, Russ.

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Retail Merchants of Hawaii hosts first retail job fair - Hawaii News Now

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Retail Merchants of Hawaii hosts first retail job fair
Hawaii News Now
Hundreds of job seekers were buzzing around Ward Warehouse conference rooms on Wednesday, July 24, at Retail Merchants of Hawaii's first ever retail job fair.
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The first ever Retail Merchants of Hawaii job fair was a resounding success.  Hundreds of job seekers packed the conference rooms of the Ward Warehouse looking for employment information from 40 vendors at the Wednesday event.  RMH President Sheri Sakamoto was upbeat, saying "retail vendors normally have a difficult time recruiting qualified employees due to lack of retail specific recruiting resources...the RMH job fair is specifically tailored for that purpose, helping retailers find qualified employees faster and more efficiently." Aloha, Russ.

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Judge to hear arguments in Kauai GMO lawsuit - Hawaii News Now

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 Judge to hear arguments in Kauai GMO lawsuit
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A federal judge will be hearing arguments in a lawsuit against a Kauai County ordinance regulating genetically engineered crops and pesticides.

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Syngenta Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Agrigenetics, Inc., and BASF Plant Sciences are seeking injunctive relief from the anti-GMO law, which takes effect 01 August 2014.  They argue that the ordinance is invalid and arbitrarily targets their industry.  Earthjustice says District Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren has asked attorneys "to focus arguments on the issue of whether state and federal laws invalidate the Kauai law."  Aloha, Russ.

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Another tragic family vacation to Maui leaves teen paralyzed - Hawaii News Now

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Another tragic family vacation to Maui leaves teen paralyzed
Hawaii News Now
Disgusting. That's how William Quinlan, Parks Committee member, describes the beach bathrooms on the North Shore of Oahu. ...More >>.
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On 13 July 2014, 17-year-old Alex Spartz was doing flips in the ater with his sisters at Maui's Ka'anapali beach while his family was on vacation on the Valley Isle.  A pleasant day at the beach turned tragic when a backflip fell short of the water and Alex struck hard sand on the beach.  Spartz suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury, fracturing his C5 vertebrae and severely bruising his spinal cord.  Spartz has had stabilization surgery but doesn't have movement below the waist or in his fingers. Despite an extended stay in an ICU at Maui Memorial Hospital, the varsity swim team captain remains upbeat and is responding to physical therapy.  Once his medical condition improves, Spartz will be flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where he will undergo further treatment and rehabilitation.  Spartz is the third swimmer to suffer serious injury at a Maui beach in less than a month.   Aloha, Russ.

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Native Hawaiian Nation-Building Process Delayed Six Months - Civil Beat

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has extended its timeline for establishing a Native Hawaiian governing entity by six months after many residents criticized the process as too rushed.
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The timetable for the Native Hawaiian nation-building process has been extended six-months. According to "Honolulu Civil Beat", the extension is expected to allow the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) more time to educate the public about a process aimed at empowering Native Hawaiians to participate in building a governing entity.  The new timeline also calls for Hawaiians on the official roll to vote by July 2015 in a referendum to approve or disapprove the draft governing document, which would determine the next steps in the process.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii's spectacular ocean waves – in pictures

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Hawaiian photographer Clark Little gets to the heart of the action and shoots ocean waves in Oahu as they roll over him (Hawaii's spectacular ocean waves – in pictures http://t.co/7ZxSy54ckf)...
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Check out these stunning photos by Clark Little. Great stuff! Aloha, Russ.
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Sit-lie bills unexpectedly deferred by council committee

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aeCouncilman Ikaika Anderson says bills won't be rescheduled until administration provides details of housing initiatives.

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Five bills that would have made it a petty misdemeanor to lie or sit on Honolulu City sidewalks or go to the bathroom in public were unexpectedly dropped  by the City Council's Committee on Zoning and Planning. Committee Chairman Ikaika Anderson recommended delaying all of the bills after adminstration officials testified on a wid-ranging plan to combat homelessness, saying it wouldn't be ready for  several more months.  There was also concern about a lack of public restrooms across Oahu.  Anderson told KITV-4 that "I will need to hear specific details from the administration on how they plan to roll out an affordable housing program for working homeless and homeless families."  Aloha, Russ.

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Chase suspect appears in court.

Man allegedly pulled victim's hair and punched her in the head.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

Riley Jason Asuncion appeared in court Thursday to answer to charges he attacked a woman, stealing her SUV, lead police on a chase, and tried to run down pursuing officers with the stolen vehicle before being shot by one of the officers.  Hilo District Judge Harry Freitas ordered Asuncion to appear in court for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Monday.  Asuncion is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, auto theft, two counts of third-degree assault, fourth-degree theft, reckless driving, resisting an order to stop, and driving without a license.  Judge Freitas has set bail at $1,583, 350.  Aloha, Russ.

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Limiting the snake trade in Hawaii.

Wildlife officials want strict limits on the import and shipping of snakes in an effort to prevent them from being introduced into the wild in Hawaii.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

According to the Associated Press, federal wildlife officials have called for strict nation-wide limits on the importing and shipping of four snake species, including boa constrictors, in an effort to keep the reptiles from being introduced into the wild.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would prohibit bringing the snakes into the country and shipping them between  states except for scientific and educational purposes.  The rules would also apply to reticulated python, green anaconda, Beni anaconda, and DeSchauensee's anaconda.  Most of the snakes enter the United States as pets.  Many are released by owners when the reptiles grow too big, and other pet snakes escape from inadequately secured pens.  A bipartisan letter from Congress to President Obama said snakes pose an "unacceptable and preventable risk" to human safety and have severely damaged native ecosystems."  Hawaii has encountered several snake species before, most likely brought over from Guam and other Pacific areas by aircraft.  The brown tree snake presents the most dangerous problem.  On Guam , the aggressive reptile has nearly wiped out some shorebird populations, has bitten young children, and damaged utility lines and poles.  So far, brown tree snakes have been found before they escaped into the wilds of Oahu.  Aloha, Russ.

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www.Ulukau.org holds a digital archive of Hawaiian language materials - Hawaii Business Magazine

www.Ulukau.org holds a digital archive of Hawaiian language materials - Hawaii Business Magazine | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
www.Ulukau.org holds a digital archive of Hawaiian language materials
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Hawaiian Culture and Traditional Practices are being preserved in two digital databases that have attracted worldwide attention.  A Hawaiian Language web site (www.ulukau.org) holds one of the most complete digital archives of Hawaiian Language materials.  A companion site (www.wehewhe.org) attracts approximately 700,000 hits a month from Hawaii and around the world.  Hawaiian history educator Umi Perkins says the two websites have made "Hawaiian books and archival resources accessible to the millennial generation in particular, who are accustomed to an exclusively online research environment."  When I was attending graduate school at UH-Manoa back in 1967, I remember a project to catalog and transfer Hawaiian newspapers and books to microforms for academic study.  UH-Manoa has an ongoing project to preserve and digitize  surviving copies of Hawaiian periodicals, including newspapers, from the last days of the Hawaiian Monarchy to the end of the short-lived Republic of Hawaii.  These long-gone publications will shed more light on a tumultuous period of Hawaiian history.  The two Hawaiian Language websites are playing a key role in preserving the knowledge and traditions of a vanished era in Hawaiian history.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii athletes assemble dream team for Crossfit games - Hawaii News Now

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Hawaii athletes assemble dream team for Crossfit games
Hawaii News Now
To bring the team title home to Hawaii, Crossfit 808 strives for consistency over four days of competition. "For the team, it's just do our own thing" says Akiona.
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The Crossfit Games are coming to Hawaii, and several stellar Hawaii athletes are working to take the title back to Hawaii.  Three former women's college basketball standouts, Elyse Umeda, Kyla Evers, and Brandy Richardson are working with Crossfit 808 to assemble a "dream team" for the Crossfit Games.  On the men's side, Rich Korth, Adam Jamieson, and veteran Joshua Akiona will add a little muscle and endurance to the local team.  To bring the title home to Hawaii, Crossfit "strives for consistency over four day of competition."  Good luck to our Hawaii team.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii teen murdered in Vegas - KHON2

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Hawaii teen murdered in Vegas KHON2 Akaka died at the hospital – leaving his family in Hawaii searching for answers. The 18-year-old was the youngest of six children. He had just flown back to Vegas after spending two months with family on Oahu.
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A very sad and tragic story. Las Vegas police are still investigating the shooting that took Akaka's life. Life is getting more dangerous by the day. Aloha, Russ.
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Obama cuts radio ad for Hawaii governor in contested primary - Washington Post (blog)

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SFGate Obama cuts radio ad for Hawaii governor in contested primary Washington Post (blog) President Obama recorded a radio ad for Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) ahead of his Aug. 9 primary election.
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Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie is getting some high-powered help from the President. Abercrombie needs a boost since recent polls show him in tight primary race with Davig Ige . Aloha, Russ.
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Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record - Hawaii News Now

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KITV Honolulu
Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record
Hawaii News Now
Hundreds of dead fish and other marine animals wash up on Kailua Beach Tuesday morning.
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A father and son team trying to raise money for schools in Pakistan by flying around the world were killed when their aircraft crashed into the ocean off Pago Pago, American Samoa Tuesday evening.  Crews are still searching for the father, Babar Suleman.  Hibat Suleman says the trip"had been a dream of her father's for years."  Her brother was equally excited about the fund-raising flight and recently obtained his pilot's license.  Both men had taken training in how to handle an ocean landing.  Aloha, Russ.

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GM issues 6 more safety recalls - Hawaii News Now

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GM issues 6 more safety recalls Hawaii News Now A man linked to a gun used to kill a university police officer days after the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly told police he smoked marijuana every day because, in his words, "my best friend was the...
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This has been a rough week for General Motors.  GM has ordered six more recalls, bringing its yearly total to 60 recalls involving nearly 30 million vehicles.  The latest recall concerns almost 823,000 vehicles made in the United States.  The latest notice is for faulty seats in 475,000 cars and small SUVs.  Other problems include poor welds in seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering issues, bad suspension joints, and faulty roof rack bolts.  In light of all this, why would you buy a General Motors product?  Aloha, Russ.

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