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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.

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.

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.

Samoan travel agent pleads guilty to one count of wire fraud

$360,000 stolen from high school traveling group

A Samoan travel agent, accused by federal prosecutors of defrauding a high school marching band by stealing $360,000 and using the money for gambling and trips to Samoa, has pled guilty at the federal court in Springfield, Missouri.
New court records, filed by prosecutors, reveal that Calliope Rocky Saaga, aka Ope, of Utah, wire transferred $100,000 in 2012 from his business bank account — a bank in Samoa. He is from Samoa.

Samoa Air back in business, will begin Am Samoa service on Monday

It’s back to business for Samoa Air.
And to show it is serious, the Airline has a new aircraft to improve its services.

Yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer, Chris Langton, said the Cessna 337G model was flown in from Australia two weeks ago.

It is ready for service.

The aircraft is from the Australian government by way of the Defence Co-operation Programme in the Pacific. It provides “Pacific Class Patrol Boats to conduct surveillance within and between participating countries that has entered into a contract with an Australian company”.

Hurricane watch may be posted for Hawaii tonight

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tropical Storm Ana is close to becoming a hurricane southeast of Hawaii as it continues on a track that takes it toward the islands this weekend.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said the center of Ana was located 630 miles southeast of Hilo, or 840 miles east-southeast of Honolulu, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with higher gusts. It was moving toward the west at 9 miles per hour. Ana is expected to make a gradual turn toward the northwest Wednesday night or Thursday and maintain this motion through Friday.


Seiuli Dwayne Johnson has confirmed he's hitting the beach to star in a new Baywatch movie.

The action man has been attached to the project for years and now it's finally getting the go-ahead at Paramount, he has revealed he'll be leading the cast for the big screen adaptation of the top 1980s TV series.

Posting a topless photo of himself sitting on a jet ski online, the movie star added the caption, "'This is my beach b**ch!' Rumors are true... we're making #BAYWATCH the movie."

He added, "Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell. Cue slo mo running on the beach..."

Samoa Police Officers suspended for locking up 3-year old

Four police officers who locked up a three year old child inside a police cell on the 26th of September, have been suspended.

This confirmation came from the Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Misa Nafo’atoa Talaimanu last Friday ata press conference.

“A proper message has already been made and an investigation into the case by the Professional Standards Unit of the Ministry of Police has been completed,” said Misa.

“As a result of the investigation, the following action has been taken.

Scientists to review US Pacific Island fishery management measures

HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will convene 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 -16, 2014, at the Council office, 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, to review management measures for US Pacific Island fisheries and make recommendations for Council consideration the following week.

Iosefa facing possible 3-game suspension for suspected DUI

Based on precedent, University of Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa is expected to face at least a three-game suspension following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving on Sunday morning.

Iosefa was released after posting a $500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Court on Nov. 11.

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