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Shaka Santa arrives at Honolulu Hale

Source: Garrett Ogawa

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The big man in red made has made his big appearance at Honolulu Hale. Crews were seen loading Shaka Santa into position Tuesday morning. Tutu Mele was placed at his side.

The pair is a main attraction at the city's annual Honolulu Lights Display, which kicks off this year on Saturday, December 1st.

About 2,000 marchers, more than 40 vehicles and floats and 15 bands will participate in Saturday's parade. The night begins with Mayor Peter Carlisle lighting the city's Christmas tree.

Find more event details and a list of all Oahu holiday parades here: 

Complete list of holiday parades on Oahu

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HAWAI'IGAS CEO to Speak at Natural Gas Roundtable of Washington D.C. On Liquefied Gas

Jeffrey M. Kissel, President and CEO of HAWAI`IGAS, will be the guest speaker at the Natural Gas Roundtable of Washington, D.C. luncheon on November 29. The talk, entitled “Say Aloha to Natural Gas,” will address the opportunity to improve the economy in Hawai`i by introducing gas from LNG to Hawai`i for the first time.
“Hawai’i relies on oil for nearly 90 percent of its energy needs. Gas from LNG has the potential to lower energy costs, contribute to a cleaner environment, and support Hawai’i’s drive to move toward integrating energy from renewable sources into its portfolio as soon as possible,” said Jeff Kissel. “We are delighted to have been invited to participate in this forum and offer our perspective on how even the most remote areas of the country can benefit from the judicious development and use of this resource.”

Honolulu gets 6 new electric vehicle charging stations

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle announced Tuesday that the City has installed six electric vehicle charging stations for public use in parking facilities in Honolulu.


  • Neal Blaisdell Center
  • Chinatown Gateway Plaza
  • Civic Center
  • Hale Pauahi
  • Honolulu Zoo
  • Smith-Beretania Parking Structure

"Electric vehicles are an important part of our clean and sustainable energy future," Carlisle said. "These stations will make it easier for people to start using electric vehicles and help decrease our dependence on fossil fuels."

The charging stations use the ChargePoint network (www.chargepoint.com), which allows users to hold a ChargePoint card over the reader symbol on the charging stations to start and stop charging.






HONOLULUwww.punahoufitnesscenter.org – Punahou Fitness Center (PFC), synonymous with health and fitness for nearly 40 years on Oahu, today announced it has named Jason Maxwell, AMFPT Certified Master Personal Trainer, as Chief Executive Officer.  Maxwell, also an owner, worked with investors to complete a massive, $500,000 renovation and refurbishment of the 10,000-square-foot center this fall, opening the facility to the public on Oct. 15.


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Roof collapse prompts reprioritization of school inspections

KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Structural engineers are trying to figure out what caused the Farrington High School roof to collapse and the state plans to make precautions to prevent another accident.

There's growing concerns about aging buildings at schools across our state. The Department of Education will inspect all school buildings similar to the collapsed auditorium.

For now workers are putting up steel pipes on the side to reinforce the walls to prevent them from collapsing.

Talk about lucky it happened on a Friday there was not school, because Monday there was a freshman assembly planned for inside and there would have been 500 kids sitting beneath the collapsed area.

"When I went in it just floored me. My heart sank. We'll rebuild but I think right now we're in a state of shock," said Al Carganilla, Farrington High School Principal.

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Harnesses Technology to Benefit both Clients and Agents with new

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Harnesses Technology to Benefit both Clients and Agents with new

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Harnesses Technology to Benefit both Clients and Agents with new “On Island” YouTube channel

HONOLULU – Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties (CBP) is harnessing technology to stay on the cutting edge of the real estate market to benefit both clients and Agents with the launch of its new “On Island” YouTube video channel (http://www.youtube.com/CBPacificOnIsland).  Using the popular YouTube video portal, which is the second-largest search engine in the world with more than two billion views a day, CBP is taking the task of searching for real estate to new levels by providing its clients’ properties with instant exposure to an international audience that is almost twice the prime-time audience of all three major television networks combined.

Video tours on You Tube are nothing new.

An Early Christmas Present to All Lexus Owners!

An Early Christmas Present to All Lexus Owners!

HONOLULU –  ServcoLexus.com – Servco Lexus is pleased to announce that from Sunday, November 25 through Wednesday, December 31, all Lexus owners can enjoy a special, discounted valet service rate of $4 at Ala Moana Shopping Center when entering at the Nordstrom valet service area in their Lexus vehicle.  Regular valet fee is $6.

“We received such a great response from last year, we’ve decided to help make the holidays a little less stressful by again offering this discounted valet rate to all Lexus customers during the hectic holiday shopping season,” said Charles Lee, General Manager of Servco Lexus.  “During this busy time of the year, we want to make it easier and faster for Lexus drivers to get in and out of Ala Moana Shopping Center, so they can spend time shopping for friends and relatives.”

Please note that to take advantage of the discount, Lexus owners must be in their Lexus vehicle at