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EXCLUSIVE: Drivers find way around Chinatown 'smart' meters

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A year ago, new "smart meters" were installed throughout downtown Honolulu and Chinatown that were meant to improve parking convenience. 

A Hawaii News Now investigation has determined the new technology designed to help is actually making it easier for people to circumvent the rules and park longer than they should be able to without penalty. 

The "smart meters" technology allows drivers to pay by coin, credit card or even cell. The perks of paying by phone is that you can "feed" the meter even if you're blocks away.  Some savvy drivers have discovered a loophole that has allowed them to park in one hour stalls for as many hours as they like, so long as they keep "feeding" the meter from their phones. 

Hart CEO and Mayor Caldwell unveil rail art program

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Honolulu Rail Project is seeking talented, creative people to beautify rail stations.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Caldwell and Hart CEO Dan Grabauskas unveiled a $5,000,000 rail art program Tuesday.

Hart is looking to hire artists who will create works at the 21 stations along the rail route and at the control center in Waipahu.

The art covers a wide range -- from paving and floor designs to glass work and sculptures.

In order to be selected, artists must demonstrate their knowledge of Hawaii's history and culture. Applications must be submitted at this website before June 20.

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HSPLS Continues Internet PC Reservations Upgrade: Hawaii State Library Starts Week of May 20

HSPLS Continues Internet PC Reservations Upgrade: Hawaii State Library Starts Week of May 20

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will perform an upgrade to its Smart Access Management (SAM) Internet reservation system in the Hawaii State Library beginning Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24.  The computers at the Hawaii State Library will be unavailable for reservations from this week through the completion of the upgrade at the Library.  Walk-up sessions may or may not be available, depending on the progress of the upgrade. 

SAM is a computer-based system that allows users to reserve and register for Internet sessions in HSPLS’s 50 public libraries; it helps HSPLS maximize the use of public Internet computers and ensures equal access for our patrons. 

Helicopter makes crash landing in Downtown Honolulu

Source: Kevin Young

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A routine afternoon in Downtown Honolulu turned into one of fright and alarm just before 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, when a small helicopter made a hard landing onto a city street, skidded nearly 50 feet, then hit a parked car.

The drama had a happy ending, however, as the pilot and her passenger walked away from the landing, and no one on the ground was injured.

The single-engine, two-passenger helicopter came down on Fort Street, just mauka of Beretania Street, shortly before 3:30 p.m. The pilot, 30-year-old Julia Link, was flying with veteran photographer Karl Hedberg of Aerial Photography Hawaii. 

Hedberg said link did all the right things, and that the hard landing was almost perfect -- except for a parked car on the right side of Fort Street.

"About the only time I felt my interior get a little shaky is after our skids were down, we did the spin, we hit the car, at that point, yeah," he said.

Pan-Pacific festival announces two new locations for 2013 arts showcases

Pan-Pacific festival announces two new locations for 2013 arts showcases

HONOLULU – The 34th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival has announced two new locations to host its Performing Arts Showcases this year in June: Waikiki Beach Walk Plaza Stage and Ala Moana Centertainment Stage (Nordstrom Wing, 3rd Floor). The Performing Arts Showcases are one of Pan-Pacific Festivals’ series of events that are held daily throughout the festival’s three-day celebration and will feature traditional Japanese song and dance, hula performances and other cultural presentations from more than 25 groups from Japan and Hawai‘i.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Donates $3,500 to Hawaii Fire Department of the County of Hawaii

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Donates $3,500 to Hawaii Fire Department of the County of Hawaii

Grant to Support Aid and Treatment of Motor Vehicle Crash Victims 

HILO, HI — May 6, 2013 — Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i announced today $3,500 in grant funding to the Hawai‘i Fire Department (HFD). Funds will be used to purchase digital camera equipment, which will allow the HFD to better document injury occurrence at traffic accidents and assist medical emergency professionals in their assessment and treatment of victims.

UPDATE: Suspect arrested in deadly Mapunapuna stabbing

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Police have arrested a Kalihi man for second-degree murder after he allegedly stabbed a 59-year-old man to death at a homeless encampment in Mapunapuna.

24-year-old Herwin Magbulos was arrested on second degree murder charges early Sunday afternoon.

According to investigators, the incident happened at about 6 a.m. Sunday at the end of Kilihau Street, beneath Nimitz Highway.

Police said there was a confrontation between the victim and Herwin Magbulos beneath the highway, next to a bike path. Magbulos allegedly stabbed the older man several times. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Some of the homeless in the area said they were familiar with the victim, who had been living beneath the highway for about a month and-a-half.