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Makai tops Mauka in 2018 Polynesian Bowl

KHON2 Local News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 01:24

Team Makai beat Team Mauka tonight 31-14 at Aloha Stadium. After the game Chevan Cordeiro, Jonah Kahahawai-Welch, and offensive MVP Tanner McKee spoke with KHON2 about their experience.


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Rainbow Warriors take over BWC first place with win vs UCD

KHON2 Local News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 01:08

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team moved into sole possession of first place in the Big West with a gritty 77-72 win over UC Davis Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. UH improved to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the Big West with its fourth straight win.

With Cal State Fullerton’s loss to Long Beach State earlier in the night, the game between the ‘Bows and the Aggies (12-7, 3-2 BW) became a battle for first-place.  It was a competitive and contentious contest that saw three UH players foul out. The Rainbow Warriors also had to deal without having starting guard Brocke Stepteau due to injury.  Despite that, UH weathered the storm for its first win over UC Davis since 2016.

Jack Purchase scored a game-high 21 points, including five free throws down the stretch to help secure the win. Leland Green, who started in place of Stepteau, also came up big with 11 points and a huge three-pointer late in the game. Sheriff Drammeh added 14 points, while Gibson Johnson had 11.

UH took the lead for good at the 12-minute mark of the first half and never trailed again, but it would be a battle throughout. Purchase scored 14 of his points and nailed all four of this three pointers in the first half as UH led by as many 12 points before taking a 39-35 lead into the locker room.

UC Davis scored the first four points of the second half to tie the game 39-39, but UH responded with eight straight points and led by as many as 10 points on pair of occasions in the second half. UH suffered through foul trouble late in the game and the Aggies cut the lead to just three, 66-63, with under two minutes left. However, Green drilled a three-pointer on UH’s next possession and the Aggies would get no closer.

UH sealed the game on the free throw line where they scored nine of its final 11 games. For the game, UH shot 21-of-26 from the line.

UC Davis came into the game leading the league in steals and turnover margin, but Hawai’i turned the tables on them. UH forced 23 Aggies turnovers—scoring 24 points off those turnovers—while tallying a season-high 13 steals. UH also continued with its tough perimeter defense, limited UC Davis to just 3-of-19 shooting from behind the arc.

The Rainbow Warriors will conclude its four-game homestand next week when it hosts Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Jan. 27. The game will tip at 8:00 p.m. and  be part of a doubleheader with the Rainbow Wahine.

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Arizona Memorial remains open as federal government shutdown closes other national parks in Hawaii

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 19:54

For people like Rachel Anderson who was visiting Pearl Harbor for the first time, today was a gamble.

“I asked the tour company this morning where the pickup was, and he said there was a 50-50 chance it would be open. We got here and the boats were running and we are very happily surprised,” Anderson said.

Others, like another first time visitor Ron Carmanico, didn’t give the government shut down too much thought.

“Wasn’t really aware much of it until just a few days ago and then was glad to see that it was open for us to come and visit,” Carmanico said.

Four separate non-profits came together to provide 11-thousand dollars to fund daily park operations at Pearl Harbor.

Aileen Utterdyke, the President and CEO of the nonprofit Pacific Historic Parks, told KHON2 it was a difficult process that required quick decisions.

“But I think the feeling is that it does help our visitors. They have come from all over the world. They don’t understand, they don’t know why it would be shut down. They don’t understand that the life savings they’ve saved up to come to the park could have been in vain,” Utterdyke said.

While the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument remained open, is closed as well as the new online reservations for the park. Tickets are available for daily walk-ups starting at 7 a.m.

Pearl Harbor visitors may have been pleasantly surprised today, but others visiting national parks across the state did have to contend with park closures.

At Haleakala, all restrooms, visitor centers, and other facilities are closed. Back country camping and cabin permits are not being issued and emergency medical response is extremely limited.

As for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, The Kīlauea Volcano is closed both at the summit and from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent. The park posted on their website that “hazards associated with the active volcano pose a significant risk to the safety of visitors in the absence of park staff.”

Guests at Volcano House and Kilauea Military Camp have until Monday morning to leave the park, and the Volcano Art Center Gallery is also closed.

Back on Oahu, we found out the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl is still open today.

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Women’s March brings thousands together for human rights in Hawaii

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 19:54

Thousands gathered at the state capitol advocating for equality and change.

Women’s March Hawaii marked the one year anniversary of the Women’s March in Washington that brought millions out to protest President Trump’s inauguration.

Today’s rally was a show of solidarity and an effort to inspire everyone to stand up for positive change.

The mission was to “harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.”

Some wore pink and carried signs. Young, old, women, and men came together to voice their concerns and to advocate for those they love.

Honolulu resident Rolando Venegas attended the event with his fiancé and a friend. They each carried painted portraits of women of different races and religions with the words “We the People” beneath the women’s faces.

“I’m here today cause I want to support the women who have been strong around me,” Venegas explained.

Venegas said he wouldn’t be the man he is today if it weren’t for his mother.

He also stated the role he’d like to play. “I think it’s important to set an example and show others that you know we can be strong and there’s people that are out there and willing to help them as well … I just think that people have been pushed around so much and I always thought that there was going to be a time … to rise and, and with everything going on with the world now, I just I feel like, it’s that time now.”

Seventeen-year-old Kennedy Marx attended the rally with a group of her friends.

They carried signs saying “The future is female and I’m a re-sister.”

Marx and her friends are clearly the next generation of young women refusing to sit silent.

Their message to other teens?

“To speak up for what you believe because that’s important,” Marx said. “And if you think something’s wrong, you should do something about it. Don’t just be quiet.”

Nadine Lee grew up in Chinatown and moved to Nuuanu after she retired.

She said she’s always been active in the community, but lately she is very concerned at what she’s seen happening across the country.

“I guess I don’t know where the humanity sets in and I see less of it all the time, and that frightens me,” Lee said with a worried look on her face. “‘Cause I have grandkids, I worry about their futures. I worry about what they’re going to inherit.”

Given the social climate, she said she’s ready for change.

“Obviously, some of these people that are men, and I’m not anti-men, they’re not doing a good job. Maybe we need a women’s point of view and I know we do,” Lee said.

Her message for the younger generation?

“Get involved, it makes a difference.”

Additional marches and rallies took place on Molokai, Maui, Kauai, and in Kona and Hilo on Hawaii Island.

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Tuscaloosa becomes “Tua-scaloosa” for Alabama national title parade

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:32

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tens of thousands of fans gathered to celebrate Alabama’s latest national championship, one that was especially hard to achieve.

This time the Crimson Tide had to overcome a loss in the final regular-season game, a series of defensive injuries and aperiod of uncertainty when it wasn’t clear if a fourth consecutive playoff invitation was even forthcoming.

Then there was the climactic title game with Georgia that included a 13-0 halftime deficit, a quarterback switch and an overtime that started with a huge sack of Tua Tagovailoa. The final play — Tagovailoa’s 41-yard touchdown heave to fellow freshman DeVonta Smith — was etched in the memories of Tide fans, players and coach Nick Saban.

“I don’t think anybody’s ever going to forget” that play, Saban told a crowd Alabama estimated at 40,000.

“I know I’ll never forget the feeling that I had when Tua takes a sack and one minute later the feeling that I had when we threw the touchdown pass,” he said.

It was the fifth, and perhaps most eventful, championship run of Saban’s 11-year tenure at Alabama. He also matched Bear Bryant with his sixth overall national title.

After receiving a much-debated berth despite a loss to Auburn, Alabama toppled playoff nemesis and top-ranked Clemson in the Sugar Bowl before beating the Bulldogs 26-23 in an All-Southeastern Conference matchup. Second in the SEC West, first in the nation.

“This whole 2017 season, man, it’s amazing,” senior linebacker Rashaan Evans said.

Evans was so excited after the game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, he says he didn’t take his pads off until returning to the hotel. It was at least the second title celebration for the seniors, and after a snow-filled week in much of the state, temperatures warmed up enough for a comfortable celebration.

Much warmer than the one two years ago.

“I’ve never seen this many fans at a celebration before,” senior center Bradley Bozeman said. “It’s unreal. We’re really blessed to have this fan base.”

Added Evans: “It’s almost like a reunion, man. I remember the first time, it wasn’t near as many people as it was (today). The fact that all of these fans came out, they took the time out of their day to come out here and just have fun with us, it means a lot.”

Team captains Evans, Bozeman, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton spoke at the podium. Hamilton missed the past two playoffs because of knee injuries but savored another championship celebration.

“I’d probably say this one is sweeter just because of the way how we finished out,” he said. “Nobody would have ever thought that after a sack and us being down, and boom, we come back with a haymaker in overtime. It makes the win that much sweeter.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock also were on hand.

This Alabama team is losing a number of key seniors plus five juniors leaving for the NFL draft , including Fitzpatrick, defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, tailback Bo Scarbrough and safety Ronnie Harrison. The senior class won a record 53 games over four seasons against just five losses.

Saban ended his speech with a familiar message.

“For the seniors that are here on this team and the guys that will be leaving the team, my message after the game to them was, ’Use the lessons that you learned in this season to help you be more successful in life. They will serve you well because the things that you did were extremely special,’” he said. “And to the players that are coming back, get ready for the challenges of the future and let everybody know that we’re not finished …”

He paused to let fans and players complete the sentence: “Yet.”


WATCH: Tua Tagovailoa (@Tuaamann_ ) honored with Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Kūpono Award for Excellence. @AlabamaFTBL @BamaOnLine247 @TomVH @wyche89 @TeamJuJu @BrandonHuffman @CecilHurt @paulfinebaum

— Polynesian Bowl (@polynesiabowl) January 20, 2018

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Vrabel hired as Titans new head coach

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:05
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have hired Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new coach in a fast search that wrapped up after three interviews and just five days after firing Mike Mularkey. The Titans announced Saturday they have agreed to terms with Vrabel. A news conference is scheduled for Monday. Vrabel was the first person Tennessee interviewed after firing Mularkey on Monday. Mularkey went 21-22 and led the franchise to its first playoff victory in 14 years. Tennessee also interviewed Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks – who satisfied the Rooney rule requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate – and Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk says in a statement it was easy to see Vrabel’s commanding presence and relationship with general manager Jon Robinson.
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Residents calm their nuclear fears at emergency preparedness meeting

KHON2 Local News - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:27

More than a hundred people gathered in Pearl City Friday night to listen to a presentation on what to do in the unlikely event of a nuclear attack.

They were hoping emergency officials would help calm their concerns.

For many people in Hawaii, this week has been anything but normal.

After 38 minutes of not knowing whether a ballistic missle was headed towards the state, many people are still shaken up. “I’m frustrated that it took the state or the agency 38 minutes to react to the false alarm. I can understand the mistake that’s acceptable, people make mistakes but to take 30 minutes to rectify the situation I can’t accept that,” said Sam Watanabe, who attended the meeting Friday night.

At Hawaii Tactical Outfitters in Wahiawa, employees have been fielding dozens of calls asking for disaster kits, gas masks, and MRE’s or Meals ready to eat, Along with water purification tablets.

In Pearl City on Friday, community members sat intently listening to a presentation that included what to do in a worst case scenario of a nuclear attack.

If a missle was fired, it would only be about 20 minutes between launch and impact.

The state wants people to shelter in place. In other words, get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned.

A 14-day-survival kit is also reccommended.

At the meetings end, feelings were mixed. Janis Saiki, a Pearl City resident, said she worries about how prepared the state is to handle the threat, “I think that we are totally unprepared as a state and we’re close to what will happen if something happens, and I think state wide we all need to be on the same plan.”

Emergency Mangement Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi was also asked questions about just what happened in that room inside emergency management for those 38 minutes.

He responded that the investigation is still underway, and when it’s finished, findings would be released.


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Mariota returns to Hawaii without worries

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:51

A trip back home to Hawaii is helping to thaw Marcus Mariota’s anguish after his Tennessee Titans’ 35-14 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoffs last Saturday.

Mariota made a public appearance at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 celebration dinner Friday night at Sheraton Waikiki.

The Titans are in the midst of a coaching search following the departure of former head coach Mike Mularkey earlier this week. Despite the pressing time for the franchise, Mariota is confident his team is in sure hands.

“I trust (Titans general manager) Jon Robinson,” Mariota said. “He’s got our team’s best in mind and they’re going to take care of it. It’s nice to come home and not have to worry about all that and really just take a breath and just kind of take some time off.”

Marcus Mariota talks with members of the Hawaii high school class of 2019 Mike Mularkey and Marcus Mariota

With a upset victory over the Chiefs in the wildcard round, Mariota guided the Titans to their first postseason win since 2003.

“It’s just taking the next step,” Mariota said. “I think from my rookie year, we’ve continued to make these steps. Obviously the next big one is being competitive and getting to the Super Bowl. So that’s what you play the game for. You want an opportunity to do that. We’re working hard for it, and I think we’re all going in the right direction.”

The 2015 Heisman trophy winner helped donate the uniforms for Saturday’s Polynesian Bowl with the help of Nike.

The Polynesian Hall of Fame celebrated members Bob Apisa, Herman Clark, Maake Kemoeatu, Manu Tuiasosopo, and Kimo Von Oelhoffen.

Marcus Mariota
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Holloway and Edgar trade verbal barbs at UFC 222 presser

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:32

The build-up to the UFC featherweight title bout between Waianae’s Max “Blessed” Holloway and Frankie “The Answer” Edgar got off to a fast start Friday with the event’s press conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

Leading up to the event, Holloway fired off a pair of lighthearted photo shopped tweets at Edgar.

Who is…..

— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) January 18, 2018

Oooooooh close but the correct answer is (pat sajak voice)

— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) January 19, 2018

The former lightweight champion was asked about the jabs by’s Ariel Helwani Friday: “They were pretty slick I gotta say.”

Holloway and Edgar’s verbal exchanges remained entertaining yet respectful throughout the event, a refreshing display in the UFC world of Conor McGregor.

Max made sure to confront his home state’s history with Edgar. In 2010 Frankie defeated then-UFC lightweight champion, Hilo’s BJ Penn for the 155 lb. championship. Edgar once again defeated Penn in the rematch later that year, and stopped “The Prodigy” by TKO in 2014.

“I’m gonna be on my pirate ship, I’m gonna go to Hawai’i and get some gold.” Edgar said.

“You’re gonna see a new Hawaiian.” Holloway responded.

“What he did to the first Hawaiian. Hawai’i, we’re gonna get one back baby! We’re gonna get one back and then we’re going to UFC Hawai’i! Dana take me home after this. Take me home after.”

“We can rematch in Hawai’i” Edgar answered.

“Why am I gonna rematch somebody I just beat?” Holloway quipped.

UFC 222 is scheduled for March 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada at T-Mobile Arena.






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What happens now? How Hawaii is affected by a federal government shutdown

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:54

The federal government is now shut down.

The Senate was unable to approve a bill aimed at preventing the shutdown by midnight in Washington, D.C., or 7 p.m. Friday HST. The final count was 10 votes short.

Many said the late-night vote was poised to fail with no clear signs that Republicans and Democrats could come to an agreement over the budget and immigration.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said members of the House are reconvening at 9 a.m. EST, so she’s hopeful the shutdown won’t last long.

“A vote is expected and that will probably be on what you call a clean Continued Resolution. In other words, we’re kicking the can down the road again, so I do not anticipate that people will be affected in that short a period of time,” she said.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is not as optimistic.

He tweeted: “I’ve never seen such a flawed negotiation. No one is in charge. Speaker concerned about his right flank, Senate R’s waiting for POTUS, POTUS changes from moment to moment. No one is sure if they have leverage or are over a barrel. It’s as bad as it looks.”

I’ve never seen such a flawed negotiation. No one is in charge. Speaker concerned about his right flank, Senate R’s waiting for POTUS, POTUS changes from moment to moment. No one is sure if they have leverage or are over a barrel. It’s as bad as it looks.

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 20, 2018

What does it mean for Hawaii if the shutdown continues?

The last government shutdown in 2013 affected Pearl Harbor shipyard workers.

Non-essential civilian workers were furloughed. Military members were still on duty, but their pay was delayed.

A supervisor at Pearl Harbor told us employees still have to report to work on Monday to sign papers if they get furloughed.

“The first bill that we usually will pass is called POMA, which is Pay Our Military Act, where we ensure that the military personnel, in other words their families, as well as our civilian workforce that are essential and working, will continue,” Hanabusa said. “In 2013, Pearl Harbor definitely fit in that category as did other parts of the federal workforce.

“In addition to that, those who were furloughed, they will probably remember that the other piece of legislation that we passed almost immediately before they returned is the fact that they are all paid. So they would be paid for the time that they are furloughed,” Hanabusa added. “Of course the length of the furlough will determine the inconvenience, and for that, we of course apologize, and that’s why I don’t know why we get ourselves in this position, because it really is not a financial savings, because what happens is that we pay anyway.”

Military commissaries were closed, along with national parks, including World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Hawaii Volcanoes and Haleakala national parks.

We’re still awaiting confirmation if any or all parks will be closed this weekend.

Here’s a look at what happened during the 2013 government shutdown:

Sept. 30, 2013

Oct. 1, 2013

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Vehicle theft is a big crime in Hawaii

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:02

Your car is more likely to be stolen in Hawaii than in New York.

According to statistics by FBI Crime Data Explorer, motor vehicle thefts went down in 2016, but cars are still stolen every day in Hawaii.

That’s what happened to Waipahu resident Keith Izawa.

“When my partner’s mom came home at about 11, that’s when she noticed that the truck was gone,” Izawa explained. “But she thought that I had parked over at our house, but actually it had been stolen.”

Izawa realized his truck was gone at 7:30 a.m. when he got to his mother-in-law’s house to pick up his son for school, and she told him his truck wasn’t here.

The white 2006 4WD Toyota Tundra double cab (license TFD 118) was stolen right out of their car port on Waipahu Street.

“They knew what they were doing,” Izawa said. “Very brazen as well cause there was people home the entire time.”

Izawa did capture the theft on video surveillance and it was quick.

“The angle wasn’t great, but you could vaguely make out someone coming on foot down the road, and then you could see the door open up, and then next thing you know, it’s backing up into the street,” he said. “From the time you see the door open up till you see it backing up is 10 or 15 seconds.”

Izawa isn’t alone.

“Car theft is a big problem in Hawaii,” said State Attorney General Douglas Chin. “It’s lower than it has been before, but really in comparison to violent crimes, that’s often the way that people end up being victimized is through that type of crime.”

According to statistics on the FBI Crime Data Explorer website, 5,549 cars were stolen in Hawaii in 2016, down from 5,779 the previous year.

Although there are some states in the U.S. with higher instances of car theft, Hawaii ranks higher than the national average.

There were 395 cars stolen for every 100,000 people in Hawaii in 2016 compared to 236 cars for every 100,000 people nationwide.

How often do people get their car back once it’s stolen?

“A lot of it depends upon the circumstances,” Chin said. “If there was an eye witness, or if there are finger prints, or if there is some sort of evidence then that’s a better likely hood. But unfortunately for the people who are victimized by car theft, sometimes they don’t see it again and that’s very sad.”

How often are car thieves caught and prosecuted?

“The biggest challenge in prosecuting a car theft has to be in identifying the person who was actually inside the vehicle or using it,” explained Chin. “We still have to do what detectives all throughout the decades have done, which is rely upon fingerprint evidence. Hopefully there’s an eye witness and so sometimes, we’re successful, other times, we’re not.”

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Expiring driver’s licenses, new requirements prompt long lines at the DMV

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:34

It’s a new year with same old issue: long lines at our driver licensing centers.

The line was out the door Friday afternoon at the Kapalama driver licensing center.

Some people told us they waited four to five hours before they were able to get their licenses and state IDs renewed.

City officials told us the lines are so long because so many more people have cards that are expiring this year.

Plus, some new ID requirements are causing a bit of confusion.

“I stood in line for three hours already and not even half way there,” Darrell Agao said. “A lot of people walked out.”

Agao ended up leaving too, but Denise Konan stuck it out even longer.

“Five hours and it’s unbelievable. I can hardly imagine,” Konan said.

So what’s causing the delay?

City officials told KHON2 laws were changed in 2010 that increased the length that a driver’s license or state ID is valid.

“So those people who were suppose to renew in 2016 and 2017, they got an extra two years, so they’re coming in 2018 and 2019 and that bumped our numbers up,” said Sheri Kajiwara, Director of the Dept. of Customer Service.

The state also introduced a new application this week.

State of Hawaii ID and licenses will now have a gold star to indicate federal compliance with the Real ID Act.

The gold star will be needed on either your license or ID if you want to fly or enter federal buildings, but it’s not required until 2020.

Still, people are coming in anyway.

“They think they need the gold star this month. They don’t. Hawaii driver’s licenses and ID cards that are issues are all fully federally compliant until 2020 when the star is required,” Kajiwara said.

If you need to make a trip to the DMV for a driver’s license or ID, make sure you bring your birth certificate or passport, plus your social security card and two proofs of residency.

If your name has changed, you also need supporting documents.

To cut back on wait time, make an appointment. Click here for more information.

“When you make an appointment, you’re given an actual time. When you get in line, your time, your estimated time can fluctuate depending on how long people in front of you take,” Kajiwara said.

The city stresses to people there is no rush to get the gold star on your driver’s license or ID. That star is not required until October 2020.

The state Department of Transportation is already asking for an extension on that 2020 deadline to give people even more time.

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Family asks for help after woman vanishes, personal belongings left behind

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:02

A Waianae family is asking the public for help to find a 21-year-old woman who’s been missing for three days.

Family and friends found Melissa Estoy’s car Thursday afternoon at Zablan Beach in Nanakuli.

They say it was suspicious. The keys were still in the ignition with all the windows down.

Estoy’s parents are holding out hope that somebody out there knows something that can help locate their daughter.

“I’m just looking forward to seeing her coming back, and if you guys know anything, please come forward and let us know. As a parent I’m really concerned,” said her father, John Estoy.

Police detectives searched the area Friday looking for clues. The Honolulu Fire Department was also called in to help.

“Perhaps she could have gone swimming or snorkeling or diving or whatever the case may be. So just to cover our bases and just for due diligence, we’ve asked HFD to search the waters out there,” said Sgt. Chris Kim of Crimestoppers.

Her father says Estoy is not the type to disappear. Friends and neighbors have been searching the area for the last couple of days.

“It’s out of love. That’s why we’re all together as one,” said John Estoy.

Kana Kealoha, Estoy’s cousin, found the car, a gold 1991 Honda Accord, with her personal belongings still inside.

“Her keys, her phone, her charger, all her stuff except her. Her purse, everything but her,” Kealoha said. “By that time, I tried running on the reef already just to see if she was there, but nothing.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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Gaoteote, Isaia’s careers come full circle at Polynesian Bowl

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 20:37

Homecoming games are usually held in the fall, but this winter two local boys get to come back home to celebrate their storied prep football careers.

Bishop Gorman (NV) stars Palaie Gaoteote and Jacob Isaia are playing this week at the Polynesian Bowl.

Gaoteote, who is on team Makai, is rated as the top linebacker in the nation by the 247 Sports composite rankings. The USC signee was a also Trojan when he last suited up in Hawai’i.

“‘Ie” was a starting linebacker as a freshman for Mililani High School in 2014 when the Trojans beat Punahou for the Division 1 state championship.

Palaie Gaoteote (#11) playing for Mililani in 2014

“All good things come to an end; so what better to just come home and finish it here?” Gaoteote said.

“You know coming home and playing back where you’re from. Just knowing that you’re representing your people, your Polynesian culture it’s always fun to come back and relax, kick it back and just refresh being at home. It’s always fun.”

Isaia, an offensive guard playing for team Mauka, played his freshman and sophomore years at ‘Iolani before transferring to Bishop Gorman.

The Michigan State commit felt a calling to come home and grow the Polynesian Bowl in it’s second year.

“It feels like I need to do this.” Isaia said.

“Its really special. I have a ton of family here, this is where it all started for me and playing in Aloha Stadium for my last game, it feels great.”

For the duo, the torch is being past from the recent wave of Polynesian football stars that have become team captains for the game.

“We got guys like Danny Shelton and DeForest Buckner.” Gaoteote said.

Palaie Gaoteote

“They kind of just started the trend of the Polynesian bloodline and kind of just trailblazed everything so I find it in myself to trailblaze myself and to make it the way that they did for the other Polynesian kids. To have this game, I know that they didn’t get the opportunity to have that, but for me to have this opportunity it’s an importance for me to represent them and show them that they can do it.”

Cordeiro Gets the Call

University of Hawai’i signee Chevan Cordeiro was told by team Mauka head coach Dick Vermeil that he will get the start at quarterback tomorrow.

Chevan Cordeiro

The 2017 Marcus Mariota state player of the year was listed by 247 Sports as a top performer in Friday’s final practice.

The Polynesian Bowl is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Aloha Stadium. Click here for more information.






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Warning officer certifications caught up after Saturday’s scare

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:44

Several people tasked with issuing emergency alerts were not federally certified to send messages through the computerized warning system, despite the missile alert practice ramping up well before Saturday’s false alarm.

Always Investigating learned that while pushing for answers from emergency officials about training.

None of the three un-certified workers were on-shift Saturday, out of a staff of 10 warning officers and four supervisors. Those three warning officers have since have completed the required FEMA federal course and received the certification.

But that means a certified operator still made the mistake despite the FEMA stamp of approval, and despite software training the vendor told Always Investigating that users should have received.

The state also says its system for wireless alerts, like we got Saturday, was set to only do one alert per topic at a time. Half an hour later, they figured out another way thanks to a worker from a different branch who wasn’t even in the building Saturday morning.

“The second message was actually produced by a telecommunications branch employee who took it upon himself to say, okay, how can we send a follow-on message,” explained Lt. Col. Chuck Anthony, speaking on behalf of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. “So he used a slightly different protocol, composed the app or created the app, wrote the message, and then remotely connected in on a secure line to send that particular message in. It was a very creative workaround.”

Emergency officials also contacted FEMA, first explaining it to the public Saturday as needing authorization, then later telling us Monday they were seeking guidance.

“The coordination with FEMA, which really lasted less than a minute, was just to ensure, ‘Hey, we think that this meets the criteria for this particular type of messaging, do you agree?” Anthony said. “And in about 45 seconds, FEMA said, ‘Yes, we agree with that.”

FEMA told us first early Monday that Hawaii could have done that on its own, and didn’t need its approval or intervention.

The software maker AlertSense showed us how the standard system already had tools for creating a quick follow-on message, whether from scratch or just backing up.

Click here to view the full walk-through from AlertSense.

Always Investigating tracked down AlertSense as being the source platform for the recent emergency alerts, though neither AlertSense nor HI-EMA are publicly confirming or denying who the vendor is, citing security.

We asked HI-EMA officials, since both FEMA and the vendor pointed out that a correction by a trained operator could have and should have been made immediately on their own, do they agree?

“If they’re talking about a correction to a WEA (wireless emergency alert), there’s never been a correction on a WEA ever before Saturday,” Anthony said. “WEAs had been designed nationwide to send out information only on a one-time basis. You’ll never get a follow-on, you’ll never get ‘It’s been canceled.’ If it’s a tsunami warning, for instance, you’re not going to get the all-clear through your wireless.”

As Always Investigating reported Monday, however, FEMA’s standard template for state and local users of its alert backbone, called Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), does spell out that operators should have an “easily accessed ‘Cancel’ function” set up ahead of time.

Click here to view FEMA’s emergency communications plan.

AlertSense showed us how there are many steps along the message-sending process in which a mistake can be caught and a message corrected before it was too late.

AlertSense also pointed out to us how the operator – even after re-confirming and sending the live-alert — could have just backed up and even went through the same missile template, overwrote it to say FALSE ALARM, and hit send again.

We asked HI-EMA if it could have taken that approach.

“I would say that’s probably not the sort of thing somebody working in the state warning point would be tasked to do at that juncture,” Anthony said.

Hawaii has now programmed a false-alarm quick link in its alert templates.

During Friday’s briefing, Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan, Hawaii adjutant general, told lawmakers that if a missile attack was happening, FEMA would likely know first from being directly in contact with the military, and that FEMA could and probably would send its own message first.

We asked why the state is doing these alerts if the feds, so close to the source, can get there first?

Anthony said it’s because FEMA might not be able to micro-target its message to just our state, and because FEMA is not integrated into all the other alert resources, like the sirens and other locally deployed outreach.

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Rainbow Warriors host UC Davis in critical BWC showdown

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:42

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team hosts UC Davis in the third of four straight Big West home games when the teams square off on Saturday, January 20. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Rainbow Warriors are coming off a thrilling 77-76 win over UCSB and now aim for their fourth straight win, which would be a season-long streak.  At 3-1, UH currently sits in a tie for second-place in the Big West with UC Davis, a half game behind first-place Cal State Fullerton (4-1).  A UH win would give the Rainbow Warriors its second-best start since joining the Big West (5-0 in 2015-16).

Through its four league games, UH leads the Big West in scoring defense (64.0), three-point field goal percentage defense (.250), assists (16.0) and assist/turnover ratio (1.2). Offensively, UH is led by seniorMike Thomas who is averaging 16.8 ppg and shooting a league-best 83.3 percent (25-30) in Big West games.

Following its game vs. UC Davis, UH will host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Jan. 27 in the fourth and final contest of its January homestand.

Game 18
Who: Hawai’i (12-5, 3-1 Big West) vs. UC Davis (12-6, 3-1 Big West)
When: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. HT
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) – Honolulu, HI
Television: Live on Spectrum Sports – Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD). Jim Leahey (play-by-play) and Artie Wilson (color) on the call.
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV (Must be a Spectrum cable subscriber to stream in Hawai’i).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM with Bobby Curran and Jeff Portnoy. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KPUA on the Big Island, KTOH on Kaua’i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Audio Webcast: Hawai’i App.
Live Stats:
Ticket Information: $5-$30. UH Manoa students free with validated ID. Available for purchase online.
Promotions: Bank of Hawaii will sponsor the “Superhero Night” game on Saturday and will distribute 400 Superhero capes (250 – Adult; 150 – Kids) at Gate A.  Visit the Bank of Hawaii table to play the “Plinko Game” and win FREE prizes. Fans can register to participate in the Bank of Hawaii halftime contest at Gate A for the chance to win $175 in gift cards.  Be sure to wear your favorite Superhero gear and the H-Zone store located at Gate B will be selling Super Fan t-shirts (while supplies last).  After the game,  stick around to get an autograph from your favorite Men’s Basketball players at Gate B.
Coaches: Eran Ganot is in his third season at UH (54-27). Jim Les in his sixth season at UC Davis (98-110).
Series Information: UH leads, 6-5.

About UC Davis: The Aggies improved to 3-1 in the Big West with an 85-74 home win over Long Beach State on Wednesday …Siler Schneider scored a  career-high 29 points in the win…the Aggies are led by Schneider (13.4 pg) and senior forward Chima Moneke who averages 19.0 ppg and 9.9 rpg…UCD leads the Big West in steals per game (7.9) and turnover margin (+2.1).

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FCC explains why some received emergency alerts while others didn’t

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:11

Saturday’s missile alert mistake caused widespread panic across the state.

Yet, some cell phone users never got the alert.

James Wiley, FCC investigator, told lawmakers Friday there are three main reasons why that happened.

1: By statute, subscribers have the right to opt out of receiving notifications that are imminent threats or Amber alerts.

“So if an individual had gone into their notification settings and selected to opt out of receiving imminent threat alerts, they would not have received either the initial alert or the subsequent correction,” Wiley explained.

Alerts sent by the president of the United States will still be received. No president has used the system to send a message, yet.

2: Also by statute, carriers in the Wireless Emergency Alert system have the option to participate either in whole or in part.

Therefore, Wiley explained, “there may be phones that a carrier offers at the point of sale which are not WEA capable, or even if you have a subscription with a carrier that offers WEA service, you might not be in the geographic service area in which that carrier offers wireless emergency alerts.”

Click for more information on the WEA system from the FCC and from FEMA.

3: Radio frequency propagation issues.

“If you happen to be in a basement at the time of the initial alert, an urban canyon, or for whatever reason in an area where you couldn’t receive the alert message, the subsequent cancellation of the initial alert would have prevented you from receiving that alert when you regained service,” Wiley said.

The FCC says additional reported issues regarding cell phone alerts remain under investigation.

He noted that emergency alerts can still be sent, even if a carrier’s network becomes congested.

“Wireless emergency alerts on most providers’ networks are transmitted over a separate channel than the data network that may become congested during emergencies. They, for many carriers, use the cell broadcast channel, which is separate, and so the transmission of those alerts would not be affected by a high density of call volume on the data network,” he explained.

Wiley adds that while rules and regulations are in place for broadcasters and carriers to transmit alerts, the FCC does not regulate the content or context of the alerts themselves.

“Our rules do not extend to alert originators, and FEMA has primary responsibility for authorizing alert originators to initiate alerts using these alerting platforms, and has training and memorandums of agreement with alert originators for rules and behavior and proper protocol for initiating alerts using these systems,” Wiley said.

As for rural areas that do not have strong reception, Wiley said, “There is authority in the State of Hawaii to issue alerts that reach the geographic area that you represent. It is up to the state how authority to initiate alerts is or is not delegated to counties within the state. FEMA works with alert originators to determine the correct authorization for each entity that they authorize.”

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VIDEO: Lawmaker storms off after heated exchange during missile alert briefing

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:14

There were fireworks at the State Capitol Friday as lawmakers questioned Gov. David Ige and emergency officials over Saturday’s false missile alert.

State House and Senate committees held a joint informational briefing to find out what exactly went wrong during and after a Hawaii Emergency Management Agency worker accidentally sent out a ballistic missile threat alert to cell phones across the state.

HI-EMA has since apologized and said steps are already being taken to prevent the mistake from happening again.

During his line of questioning, Rep. Gene Ward was interrupted by Rep. Gregg Takayama, chair of the House Committee on Public Safety.

Takayama: May I proceed?

Ward: I’m not finished. I’m not finished!

Takayama: The senators are imminently beginning their floor session.

Ward: Chair, point of order, please don’t cut me off.

Takayama: This is an informational briefing, Rep. Ward.

(Lawmakers talk over each other.)

Ward: You’re not being reasonable. You’re not being reasonable! This is a national issue, and you’re not being reasonable.

Ward eventually tossed his microphone onto the table, got up in a huff, and left the room.

Later, he released a statement that said:

“After waiting a week for this hearing to take place, I was not allowed to ask more than one question. After I was cut off on my second question, I walked out of the hearing. I was going to ask General Miyagi if he was still on active duty and this missile alert happened on his watch under his supervision, what would he do as the commander of the unit—would he sack somebody, and would the Generals above him sack or transfer him? Maybe the Chair cut me off to not embarrass the General?

“I am disappointed that members were not given the adequate time needed to get our questions fully answered and I urge the respective Committee Chairs to convene another meeting in which the Governor and his Generals can fully be vetted by members of the Legislature.”

Ward said he was also “extremely disappointed” to see Ige leave the briefing early. The governor slipped out after 40 minutes.

Ige’s communications office tells us he “had previously scheduled meetings, courtesy calls and a phone conference. He rescheduled his morning because he wanted to attend the legislative hearing. The rest of his day was packed with appointments, as is the norm.”

The meetings had nothing to do with Saturday’s false alarm.

You can watch the briefing in its entirety here.

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Tyson in Honolulu for second round of ‘Undisputed Truth’

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:27

Mike Tyson is in Honolulu to perform a one-man show at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall Saturday night.

The legendary boxer sold out shows with his stage debut, “Undisputed Truth,” in 2012.

In “Undisputed Truth – Round 2,” the former heavyweight champion shares stories about his life and experiences in and out of the ring.

“Part one was just me telling my life chronologically, and everything that happened in my life that everybody was aware of, but the circumstances of them. This is part two of that,” he explained. “This is me talking about my life, talking about my operations and things that happened to me, experiences in my life.”

Tyson previously performed the act on Hawaii’s ninth island for three months.

“It’s going to be a lot more fun. You’re going to laugh more than cry, like the last one,” he said. “This is going to be an interesting show. I’ve never been in Honolulu before so this is going to be pretty interesting. This is a beautiful place, and I look forward to having this show.”

The show begins at 8 p.m.

Click here for ticket information.

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Honolulu Zoo launches sponsorship program

KHON2 Local News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:51

Honolulu Zoo’s sponsorship program is currently accepting applications.

The program offers the public an opportunity to support the zoo in various ways, including enhancements and improvements to facilities, animal exhibits, public areas, the visitor experience, animal enrichment, and equipment.

In return, sponsors will have the ability to request the recognition of their choice.

Electronic applications and instructions are available online here.

The initial deadline for applications for current sponsorship opportunities is March 1, followed immediately by a review period.

After the initial deadline, applications will be accepted and collected on an ongoing basis and reviewed as they are received.

“Our zoo delivers a message of conservation and respect for wildlife that helps our keiki connect with the animal world around them, and this sponsorship program that was spearheaded by Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine will go a long way in making sure our zoo continues to educate and inspire its guests for decades to come,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

It’s been more than two years since lawmakers passed Ordinance 15-42 (Bill 25), which allows individuals, organizations, and companies to sponsor projects and exhibits at the zoo.

“We can no longer run the city the way we always have by raising taxes to pay for city services,” said Pine. “The city is recognizing that public and private partnerships are finding success in major cities across the nation and it’s time for Honolulu to step up. We are excited for new opportunities to bring much-needed improvements to one of the major gems of our community.”

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