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Teen in serious condition following Kalihi house fire

KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Teenager Christian Cachola was injured during a desperate rescue attempt at a house fire in Kalihi on Saturday afternoon, according to an Emergency Medical Services spokesperson.  According to reports, the fire was reported to be at 2849 Iluna Place at approximately 3:30 p.m..

The 13-year-old boy was reportedly taken to an area hospital in serious condition after suffering burn wounds. 

Christian's mother, Rose Cachola, says the boy went back into the burning home yesterday to try to save his dog "Emma."  Their family adopted her just a week ago before finding out she had a virus.  They brought her home from the vet the same day flames ripped through their home. 

Rose Cachola says, "He did run out of the house to get some air and neighbors told me that he ran back into the house to grab the puppy and that's how he got burned."

Vandals strike Honolulu holiday lights display

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A holiday display at one of Oahu's most popular Christmas destinations was vandalized on Tuesday, when someone reportedly smashed a gift box and knocked over a holiday tree at the Honolulu Hale City Lights.

The targeted display belongs to PFLAG--Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays--of Oahu. The group says their "rainbow tree" was damaged, and the smashed box is part of a message that reads "all you need is love."

The extent of the damage is minor, but PFLAG-Oahu President Carolyn Golojuch is outraged, calling the incident a hate crime. The group has filed a report with Honolulu Police.

Golojuch says the Honolulu display is the only one of its kind on public property in the country.

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Holiday Season Hours for Hawaii's Public Libraries

Holiday Season Hours for Hawaii's Public Libraries

In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, all public libraries will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

On Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24) and New Year’s Eve (Monday, December 31), all libraries that are normally open on Mondays after 5 p.m. will close at 5 p.m.  Pahala Public & School Library (Big Island) will adjust its hours on Christmas Eve to be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please visit the HSPLS website: www.librarieshawaii.org or call your local library for more information.


Roads reopened following water main break

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Board of Water Supply has restored water service to all eight customers who were affected by a water main break in downtown Honolulu Thursday night.

The 12-inch water main break occurred on N. King St.

Two lanes were closed between Kekaulike Street and Maunakea Street for several hours while Board of Water Supply crews completed repairs.  All lanes are now open.

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Servco Makes Magic For Leahi Hospital Residents

Servco Makes Magic For Leahi Hospital Residents

HONOLULUwww.servco.com – Leahi hospital residents and family members were treated to the annual Servco Mini Carnival at the care facility on Saturday, October 27, organized by Servco Pacific Inc. (Servco) employees and the Occupational Therapy Department of Leahi Hospital.

The Servco Mini Carnival featured costumed volunteers, “Bungie” the clown, dress-up photos, carnival-like games that included Spider Shoot Out, Boooowling, Da Witches Brew; and many prizes such as warm socks and lap blankets.

Honolulu Hale features ocean-themed decor

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Every three years, new ornaments are created to dress the grand Holiday tree on the Honolulu Hale lawn. This year's fanciful ocean-themed decorations were inspired by Shaka Santa's snorkeling holoholo adventure to Hanauma Bay, featured in the event's signature ornament.

Don't miss the unveiling of the new ocean-themed ornaments and the lighting of the 50-foot tree by Mayor Peter Carlisle on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at 6 p.m. on the lawn of Honolulu Hale.

Arrive early to get parking in the Civic Center Parking Structure as you don't want to miss former Miss Hawaii Debbie Nakanelua-Richards who will emcee the ceremony and songstress Melveen Leed who will sing "Honolulu City Lights," a tradition established by promoter/record producer Tom Moffatt. Island keiki are encouraged to look for other decorations on the grounds and inside Honolulu Hale that carry out the theme "Santa's Underwater Adventure."

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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