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Flash flood watch on all Hawaii Is

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The National Weather Service in Honolulu has expanded the Flash Flood Watch to include Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau and Oahu until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Rainfall amounts from Hurricane Ana of 3 to 6 inches with locally up to 8 inches. In addition to possible flash flooding, excessive runoff may result in rock and mudslides in steep terrain.

Hurricane Ana will continue to bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to the Big Island today. Heavy rain and thunderstorms area also expected to affect the remainder of the area through the day Sunday.

Voyaging canoes leave for Tonga and New Zealand

After waiting nearly a week for the right weather to sail, crews aboard the Hokule'a and Hikianalia left the Samoan Islands on Thursday and launched the fourth leg of the Hawaii-based canoes' around-the-world journey.

The two canoes departed Pago Pago Harbor after a lengthy local outreach campaign during which crews visited some 1,700 students across American Samoa, according to Polynesian Voyaging Society officials.

The little known Samoans of Wailekutu

Fiji enjoys a rich cultural heritage with strong representations of Pacific island nations in the faces of those who now proudly call themselves Fijians.
However one of the least known Pacific Island communities in Fiji is the Samoan settlement at Wailekutu, situated two kilometres from Lami Town.
Fiji has many families with Samoan heritage, the likes of the Fraser, Samuels, Hughes, Hoeflichs and Miller clans while chiefly ties between the two countries have been in existence for centuries.

Ana storm watch expanded to include all Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ana has intensified into a weak Category 1 hurricane and remains on a forecast track south of the islands. A Tropical Storm watch is now in effect for the entire state.

U.S. hospitals grapple with possibility of Ebola

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Step inside All Children's Hospital and you're greeted with three things: hand sanitizer, tissues and masks decorated with little cartoon Band-Aids with legs, feet and smiles. "Dirt Squirt Alert!" a sign says. "Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick!"

Island nations shouldn’t be left to drown from climate change

Rising sea levels will have dire consequences for Pacific island nations unless Australia and other countries take action

Islanders from the Tulun Atoll where forced relocation is presently underway are reporting what some believe is the beginning of the end. Breadfruit trees have been destroyed, the soil isn’t good enough to grow crops. The sea water is eating away at the land.

Tulun Atoll is not alone. Across the Pacific islanders are reporting similar changes as the sea is creeping up. Given that sea level rise is not uniform across the world (forget the bathtub that fills evenly!) it’s not surprising that in some island communities the impacts are becoming more quickly apparent.

Key facts about hurricane heading toward Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) -- Residents on Hawaii's southernmost island already dealt with one tropical storm this year and are coping with the threat of slowly encroaching lava. Now, meteorologists say a potential hurricane is heading toward them and the rest of the island chain.

Here are some questions and answers about the latest storm:


US officials defend Ebola response; nurse moved

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the face of skepticism in Congress, health officials tried to assure the nation Thursday that they can head off an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. despite mistakes that let the deadly virus spread to two nurses and cleared one of them to fly.

The revelation that one of the hospital nurses was allowed on a commercial airline the day before she was diagnosed raised new alarms about the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Some lawmakers pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the region - a course President Barack Obama is resisting.

TALA MAi SAMOA: Tetele le palolo i le aso lona lua

Na tetele le palolo i le vaveao ananafi i nofoaga ma afioaga masani i Upolu ma Savaii e ta ai le palolo. O se eseesega tele lea mai le vaveao o le aso Lulu, lea na lipotia mai ai le vaivai o le palolo na maua. Peitai, o le aso ananafi na lipotia mai ai le tele o palolo ma sa faapea foi ona faatumulia ia maketi i le taulaga i le au faatau palolo. O nisi sa faatau a latou ofu palolo i le tai $30 i le ofu palolo e pei o le tele o le moto.

2nd Texas health worker tests positive for Ebola

DALLAS (AP) -- Fears of the Ebola virus deepened Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she was diagnosed. President Barack Obama canceled a campaign trip to address the outbreak.

It's not clear how the nurse contracted the virus, though the second case among health workers pointed to lapses beyond how one individual may have donned and removed protective garb.

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