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Woman snaps picture of elusive wallaby

Wallaby spotted off the Likelike Highway (Image: Kalani Higa)

KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- For the first time in years, the elusive Hawaii wallaby has been spotted.

Kalani Higa was able to snap a picture of a wallaby while she and her boyfriend were driving down the Likelike Highway Tuesday night when they spotted the animal across from Valley View Drive.

The two stopped to feed it some snacks.

"I was surprised. I heard stories from my grandpa when I was a little girl, but I never saw one until now," Kalani Higa said. "It seemed pretty friendly. It didn't run away."

Another wallaby was captured in Foster Village 11 years ago and eventually released back into the wild.

Wallabys date back almost a century in Hawaii. A pair escaped from a private zoo and started a colony in Kalihi Valley.

The state says they are not hurting the environment and that it is against the law to hunt them.

Survey: Honolulu most expensive U.S. city to visit

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The travel website TripAdvisor found that Honolulu is the most expensive city in the U.S. to visit.

The survey compares the cost of a hotel stay, cocktails and dinner for two, and a return taxi trip. The total for Honolulu came out to $504.94.

While Honolulu topped the list, New York City in New York was a close second at $504.25.

The top five most expensive cities were rounded out with Boston, Massachusetts at $473.59; San Francisco, California at $471.89; and Chicago, Illinois at $448.45.

The survey found Las Vegas to be the least expensive city to visit at $272.94.

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Long-awaited dredging begins in Makiki Stream

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- It's work that is messy and muddy. But it also was a welcome sight for McCully residents who live near Makiki Stream.

City crews came out to work on Sunday to begin dredging a stretch of Makiki Stream that has been prone to flooding. It's something that neighboring residents who've been asking for it to be done.

"I'm six feet (tall)," said Raymond Lalosin, who lives next to the stream. "I used to walk underneath the Makiki Stream Bridge. I can't do that now."

Lalosin has lived in a home next to the stream for nearly 20 years. He's watched the narrow waterway become clogged with sediment from upstream. He said it has been at least five years since the stream was dredged, long enough for vegetation to take hold on the sediment and clog the stream even further.

Crystal Lee crowned Miss Hawaii 2013

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Crystal Lee, Miss Chinatown Hawaii, was crowned Miss Hawaii 2013 Saturday night.

Lee is promoting the Gift of Life: Educating the Public About Giving Blood and her talent is Contemporary Dance. She is a former Rainbow Warrior Dancer.

The runners-up for the title are as follows:

  • 1st Runner-up: Brittni Leinaʻala Woodward
  • 2nd Runner-up: Lei Uʻi Kaholokula
  • 3rd Runner-up: Alexandra Roth, Miss Kauai
  • 4st Runner-up: Joleen Iwaniec, Miss East Oahu

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Police warn of Honolulu gas thefts

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are warning the public about a recent rash of gas theft.

Since May, there have been nine reported cases from Halawa Valley to East Oahu. Most of the thefts occurred during the night hours.

Thieves are targeting parked vehicles with plastic tanks, particularly SUV's and pick-up trucks, police say. According to authorities, the plastic tanks are easier to drill into and there is a less chance of a catastrophic spark. Siphoning is still the most common theft tactic.

No arrests have been made. Anyone caught, could face theft charges.

To avoid falling victim, park in a garage or a well-lit area; do not park on the

Street. For added security, install a motion-detecting light on your garage or on your house.

If you see any suspicious activity, call police.

Police seek help finding sex assault suspect

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are seeking the public's help to find a man who is wanted for Attempted Sexual Assault in the First Degree.

On June 6, 2013, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the victim was riding her bicycle to a friend's house and stopped on Wilder Avenue near Keeaumoku Street.

While stopped, police say a man approached, pushed her off the bicycle, and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim fought and was able to fend off the male who then ran away on Keeamoku Street.

Suspect description:
Suspect: male
Race: Caucasian
Age: 20s
Height: 5'7"-5'8"
Weight: 170-180 lbs.
Hair: Brown, wavy, shoulder-length
Eyes: Brown

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on your mobile device.

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Kamehameha Day Holiday June 11

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Kamehameha Day Holiday June 11

In observance of the Kamehameha Day 2013 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Tuesday, June 11.

Please visit the HSPLS website: www.librarieshawaii.org for a complete listing of public service hours for libraries.