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Be Neighborly: Check on Hawaii's Seniors

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- When Meals On Wheels volunteers come knocking to deliver lunch or dinner to kupuna in need, they often end up providing much more than food.

Those outreach workers can become a safety net and lifeline - when living conditions aren't exactly up-to-par.

Volunteers with both Hawaii Meals On Wheels and Catholic Charities say, during their deliveries, they've sometimes found seniors who've slipped and fallen, hoarders, and folks who are truly isolated.

Claire Shimabukuro, executive director of Hawaii Meals On Wheels, delivers food to seniors twice a month. Over the years, she's seen it all. She explains, "It's about hunger, but more than that, it's about loneliness and dignity and independence."

Driver flees scene following Pali off ramp crash

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police are looking for the driver responsible for an early morning vehicle crash near the Pali Highway off ramp.

According to officials, the incident happened at about 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Police say it appears a truck traveling westbound on the H1 freeway hit a light pole, crossed the median and flipped over.

Officials believe the female driver then fled the scene on foot up the embankment.

The off ramp and some westbound lanes of the H1 freeway were closed while police cleared the wreckage.

No injuries were reported.

The case remains under investigation.

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NASA's most expensive rover to land on Mars Sunday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Mars Science Laboratory, known as "Curiosity," has been headed for Mars since last November. On Sunday, Aug. 5 at 7:31 p.m. (HST), the largest and most expensive rover ever, plans to land.

The $2.5 billion NASA mission has one chance to get it right. It'll have seven minutes to land itself  - traveling at a mind blowing speed - at the base of Mar's three-mile high Gale Crater and then make sure everything still works.

"So the robot has to do all the work getting itself from 13,000 miles an hour down to a gentle landing in what's called the Seven minutes of terror (Watch NASA's "Seven Minutes of Terror HERE) in which it has to shed it's heat shield and gently land itself on the planet all on its lonesomesaid," said Mike Shanahan, Director of Bishop Museum's Planetarium & Education.
     

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Forgiveness is liberating

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Archbishop Desmond Tutu is called the social conscience of South Africa. At The Cathedral of Saint Andrew Thursday the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate said the world is starving for good news.

"You write about the conflict and all of the awful things. But there are so many good things in the world," he said.

Along with Nelson Mandela, Tutu was a key figure in bringing down segregation that plagued South Africa. He chaired the committee on apartheid crimes. Forgiveness remains one of his favorite topics.

"You can forgive even when the perpetrator doesn't ask for forgiveness. You untie yourself. You free yourself from being the victim," he said.

Tutu, 80, said he's upset racism still exists in America. But he's encouraged by what he has seen.

"And yet, despite all of that, you have been able to produce a black man going into the White House," he said.

HNL TSA boss who claims he was wrongly fired wins settlement, retirement

Glen Kajiyama

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Transportation Security Administration is paying a financial settlement to Glen Kajiyama, the former federal security director in charge of TSA operations at Honolulu International Airport who was one of 36 TSA employees fired in a baggage screening scandal last year.

Kajiyama had appealed his firing as "unfair" and the TSA settled his case just days before a hearing was scheduled to begin last month. 

In June 2011, the TSA fired 36 employees at the airport after an investigation found they failed to properly screen checked baggage for explosives over several months at the end of 2010.  TSA employees assigned to the morning shift in HNL's Lobby 4 allowed unscreened luggage to get onto aircraft, affecting flights by Delta Airlines, Korean Air and other major carriers, sources said. 

Hawaiian Building Maintenance promotes Jodi Okada to Director of Internal Operations

Hawaiian Building Maintenance promotes Jodi Okada to Director of Internal Operations

Hawaiian Building Maintenance (HBM), Hawaii’s largest facilities services company, has promoted Jim Birchfield to vice president of technical engineering services and Jodi Okada to director of internal operations.

Hawaiian Building Maintenance promotes Jim Birchfield and Jodi Okada

Hawaiian Building Maintenance promotes Jim Birchfield and Jodi Okada

Hawaiian Building Maintenance (HBM), Hawaii’s largest facilities services company, has promoted Jim Birchfield to vice president of technical engineering services and Jodi Okada to director of internal operations. “Jim and Jodi are integral members of our team,” said Jim Walters, chief executive officer and president of HBM. “Jim’s extensive experience in engineering, and Jodi’s in-depth knowledge of our maintenance organization, will help HBM continue to move forward with our planned growth.” Birchfield, who joined HBM in 1998 as a building engineer, brings more than 30 years of management, leadership and hands-on engineering experience to the company.