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Jake Shimabukuro & best friend save Kaimuki Christmas tree

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Just
in time for Christmas, a community has come together to preserve a beloved
Holiday tradition -- the floating Kaimuki Christmas tree, which has shined
brightly from the top of Pu'u o Kaimuki Mini Park for 28 years.  

Since
1984, various non-profits or business groups have volunteered to maintain the
lights and pay the electric bill for the floating Christmas tree off Koko Head
Avenue. For the first time this year, no one came forward and it looked like
the Christmas tradition would end, until two friends -- with help from family,
Facebook and a lot of faith -- came together to make it happen.

"The
Kaimuki Christmas tree is a huge tradition.  It's just a fixture. A
lot of people are used to seeing it on the drive home and to not see it lit up
is was kind of heartbreaking," described Jeff Lau. 

Toyota Prius named Best-Value New Car

Toyota Prius named Best-Value New Car

HONOLULU Toyota Hawaii today announced the Toyota Prius has won top honor from Consumer Reports, which ranked America’s original hybrid as BEST VALUE for a new car, for a second year in a row.  Consumer Reports, a not-for-profit source of information that is neither influenced nor associated with any commercial interest, noted in its report, “…the (Honda) Civic costs more to own in the long run, and it can’t match the Prius’ combination of fuel efficiency, versatility, roominess, and outstanding reliability.”

Snow, heavy rain, monster surf forecasted for Hawaii

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- A little bit of everything in Hawaii's weather forecast. The National Weather Service says that parts of the state could see snow, heavy rain and large powerful surf.

*** High Surf

A High Surf Warning has been issued for north and west facing shores of Kauai and Niihau and north facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui, and west facing shores of the Big Island.

A building Northwest swell will produce hazardous surf starting this evening for Kauai County and spreading to the Big Island late tonight. The Swell will have more of a westerly component than normal, so west facing shores of the Big Island will see much larger than normal surf.  

High Surf Warning now in effect from 4 pm this afternoon to 6 p.m. Friday for north and west facing shores of Niihau and Kauai and north facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui.

REDICO REVEALS 677 ALA MOANA RENOVATION PLANS TO BLEND WITH KAKAAKO DISTRICT

REDICO REVEALS 677 ALA MOANA RENOVATION PLANS TO BLEND WITH KAKAAKO DISTRICT

REDICO has released renderings for the upcoming renovation of 677 Ala Moana Building, formerly the Gold Bond Building, showing a transformation to fit in with the dynamic urban development happening in Kakaako.

REDICO is investing $14 million for the renovation, part of a major redevelopment of this landmark Honolulu office building.

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe New Year's Day Holiday; Offer Special New Year's Eve Hours

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe New Year's Day Holiday; Offer Special New Year's Eve Hours

In observance of the New Year’s Day 2014 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. 

On New Year’s Eve – Tuesday, December 31 – all public libraries that normally have evening hours on Tuesdays will offer special hours:

Oahu – Kahuku, Pearl City, Wahiawa, Waialua from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Aina Haina, Ewa Beach, Kailua, Kaimuki, Kapolei, Liliha, Salt Lake-Moanalua from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hawaii Island – Pahala from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Keaau from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Naalehu from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Hilo and Kailua-Kona from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maui – Kahului from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kihei from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lahaina from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Kauai – Kapaa from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Christmas Day Holiday; Offer Special Christmas Eve Hours

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Christmas Day Holiday; Offer Special Christmas Eve Hours

In observance of the Christmas Day 2013 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Wednesday, December 25. 

On Christmas Eve – Tuesday, December 24 – all public libraries that normally have evening hours on Tuesdays will offer special hours:

Oahu – Kahuku, Pearl City, Wahiawa, Waialua from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Aina Haina, Ewa Beach, Kailua, Kaimuki, Kapolei, Liliha, Salt Lake-Moanalua from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hawaii Island – Pahala from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Keaau from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Naalehu from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Hilo and Kailua-Kona from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maui – Kahului from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kihei from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lahaina from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Kauai – Kapaa from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.        

Island Insurance Foundation pledges $50,000 in support of the Hokuele'a Worldwide Voyage

Island Insurance Foundation pledges $50,000 in support of the Hokuele'a Worldwide Voyage

The Island Insurance Foundation has pledged $50,000 to the Polynesian Voyaging Society in support of the voyaging canoe Hokule`a and its sister vessel Hikianalia’s Worldwide Voyage. The Island Insurance Foundation’s $50,000 pledge will entail a $10,000 donation for each of the five legs that comprise the Worldwide Voyage.

Recently, the Hokule`a and Hikianalia traveled together for the first time to complete the first of five legs, navigating 1,000 miles around the state. The final leg of the Worldwide Voyage is scheduled to be completed in 2017 with the entire journey taking both vessels 45,000 nautical miles, circumnavigating the Island Earth, with visits to more than 60 ports in more than 20 countries.