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Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday

All public libraries will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday.  Twelve libraries will be closed on Tuesday, January 22:  Aina Haina Public Library, Hanapepe Public Library (Kauai), Hilo Public Library (Big Island), Kahului Public Library (Maui), Kailua-Kona Public Library (Big Island), Kihei Public Library (Maui), Lahaina Public Library (Maui), McCully-Moiliili Public Library, Princeville Public Library (Kauai), Thelma Parker Memorial Public Library (Big Island), Waialua Public Library, and Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library.      

Visit www.librarieshawaii.org or call your local library for regular public service hours.


Jamba Juice stores in Hawaii sold to new owner

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The 32 Jamba Juice stores in Hawaii have been acquired by Blue Pacific Juice, a company that also owns and operates Jack in the Box fast food restaurants in Hawaii.

Effective January 1, 2013, Blue Pacific Juice, LLC acquired JJC Hawaii, LLC, the owner, operator and licensee of 32 Jamba Juice stores in Hawaii.  Blue Pacific Juice is owned and operated by Chris Scanlan and Eddie Park, who also independently own and operate 27 Jack in the Box restaurants in Hawaii.  

The purchase price was not disclosed.




HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) board of directors has elected Jeff Shonka senior vice president, chief operating officer (COO). Shonka joined FICOH in 2002 as its chief financial officer. With this promotion, Shonka has assumed responsibility for key operational areas of the company, including Claims, Personal and Commercial Lines, Legal, Surety & Fidelity, and First Risk Management Services (FiRMS), a subsidiary brokerage operation for non-standard risks.

“Jeff is an invaluable member of the executive team who during his 10 years with First Insurance has not only earned the respect and trust of our officers, but of his department, our company and other industry leaders in Hawaii,” said Allen Uyeda, president and CEO of First Insurance.

New Year's Eve 2012 Aloha Tower Block Party

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Aloha Tower Marketplace celebrates NYE 2012 with a bang featuring a 12 midnight countdown on HUGE screens for "The Sky of Lighters" Firework Show by world renowned pyro company Grucci as seen at the Olympics.

This massive event will also feature 8 stages with over 50 plus performers at signature venues Waterfront, Gordon Biersch, The Lanai, Villa, Hooters, Center Stage, Bikinis and new venue Sunset Room. As you enter Aloha Tower Marketplace strike a pose with your favorite cartoon character or the 12 feet tall stilt walkers.

Take a ride on the wild side with the mechanical bull or enjoy the acrobatics or fireknife performers by Cirque Hawaii. Live music by Summer, Funkshun, So Roots, Roots Oddessy White Jackets, Virgin Mary, San Caribe and more.

$1.8M in counterfeit items seized in Honolulu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Nearly $2 million in counterfeit items were seized in Chinatown on Wednesday after agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) and U.S. Immigration executed search warrants.

The more than 2,000 counterfeit items include purses and wallets bearing counterfeit trademarks for well-known brands including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.

Officials say if the items had been genuine, they would have retailed for more than $1.8 million.

The seizures are part of Operation Holiday Hoax, an international law enforcement effort targeting the importation and distribution of counterfeit and pirated products.

Holiday Hoax is designed not only to protect companies that make copyrighted products, but also unwitting buyers, including holiday shoppers, who are being fleeced by these fakes.

The items seized were from one vendor, no arrests have been made, however indictments could be in the works.

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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