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Lane re-opened on H-3 eastbound after motorcycle accident

HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow)- Access to the H-3 eastbound was closed from the H-1 after a motorcycle accident left a Kaneohe man in his 50s in critical condition Monday night.

The motorcyclist was going Kaneohe-bound on the H-3 just past Halawa when he collided with the rear of a pickup truck that had stalled in the fast lane at around 10:20 p.m. The rider was ejected and struck a guardrail, then landed on the roadway.

Paramedics took the motorcyclist to the Trauma Center in critical condition. He was wearing a helmet. The pickup truck driver was not injured.

It is unknown whether speed or alcohol are factors.

The H-3 was re-opened just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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Hundreds left without power after van crashes into Waimanalo home

WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A man lost control of his van this morning and crashed into a utility pole and then a Waimanalo home, resulting in a power outage that first affected 1,500 customers in the area.

Police say that at about 3:30 a.m., the van veered off the road and clipped a neighbor's parked car, which sent it crashing into a utility pole and then through a fence and into the main room of a home. 

The damaged utility pole resulted in a power outage that affected 1,500 customers in the area. HECO says that power has been restored to all but 14 customers.

Paramedics say the 21-year-old driver was taken to Queen's Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

The portion of Kalanianaole Highway is closed near Wailea Street and Puuone Street. Traffic is being re-routed.

Stay with Hawaii News Now as we bring you the latest updates on this developing story.

Power outage affects 1200 customers in Kaneohe

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow)- A power outage affected 1200 customers in Kaneohe this morning.

So far power was restored to all but 15 customers. HECO determined the problem to be a broken crossbar on a pole. 

The outage was reported at about 5:50 a.m. The traffic light at Castle Junction is out, causing traffic to back up. Lights from Pali Tunnel to Kamehameha Highway and Pali off ramp are also still out.

Officers of the Honolulu Police Department are directing traffic in the affected areas.

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Man fights for his life after critical moped accident

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow)- A 44-year-old man from Kaneohe is fighting for his life this morning after being thrown from his moped into a parked truck.

The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday on Mahakea Road.

Police say the driver has head and internal injuries after losing control of his moped, hitting a mailbox, then colliding into a parked truck.

He was not wearing a helmet.

The man was taken to Queens Medical Center in critical condition. Police say alcohol may be a factor.

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4th Annual Cool Kailua Nights set for October 13

4th Annual Cool Kailua Nights set for October 13

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Water main break in Kaneohe affects 30 homes

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow)- A water main break in Kaneohe has left 30 homes without water.

The 8-inch main break was reported at around 3 a.m. on Friday this morning at Ahui Nani Place. Board of Water Supply crews are currently on scene working to repair it.

The road is very thick, so crews need to break through it before they will be able to assess the damage.

Officials say the break is not affecting traffic.

Hawaii News Now will continue to update this story throughout the morning.

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Plans for massive wastewater tunnel in Windward Oahu

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- City officials are pushing for a project in which in a three-mile-long tunnel, about ten to 13 feet in diameter, would be built to carry wastewater from Kaneohe to Kailua.

The tunnel would replace an aging 42-inch force main under Kaneohe Bay Drive. Engineers said it is needed to prevent a disaster similar to the one that happened in Waikiki in 2006, when a similar force main failed.

"There is only one force main that carries all that water, and if anything should happen to the force main, if it goes down like the one in Waikiki, there's the potential for major spillage in Kaneohe Bay until that force main can be repaired," said Earl Matsukawa of the engineering firm Wilson Okomoto Corporation.

Matsukawa and others showed the plans to the Kailua Neighborhood Board Thursday night.