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Some council members agree to look at Haiku Stairs

HONOLULU (AP) - An ad hoc committee of Honolulu City Council members is looking into the possibility of reopening a popular trail dubbed "Stairway to Heaven."

The city's Haiku Stairs is closed to the public but that doesn't stop hikers who climb the 2,800-foot path at night to avoid security during the day.

Hiking and environmental groups want to see stairs reopened to give hikers access to the panoramic views but neighboring residents complain trespassing visitors trash the area.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that the council group led by Council Parks Chairman Joey Manahan agreed to the requests of the nonprofit group Friends of Haiku Stairs to look into reopening the trail.

Manahan said in a report last week he and his colleagues haven't been able to physically inspect the trail.

Likelike reopened following accidents near Wilson Tunnel

Update:

The highway has reopened.

Original story:

The Likelike Highway is closed in the Kaneohe-bound direction due to multiple accidents near the Wilson Tunnel.

Witnesses at the scene said one of the accidents involved an overturned SUV on the Kaneohe side of the tunnel. 

We are working to confirm the details of a second accident in the vicinity of the tunnel.

We will have more information on this developing story as soon as it becomes available. 

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First Insurance Company invites you to enter its mascot catchphrase social media challenge

First Insurance Company invites you to enter its mascot catchphrase social media challenge

Taking after its namesake, our mascot Poincy is all about “covering” the people of Hawaii.

While Poincy is every inch the action-oriented mascot, he’s a little shy when it comes to proclaiming his powers of strength and kindness. Now you can be the one to give Poincy his very own catchphrase. As part of our Mascot Catchphrase Challenge, First Insurance invites you to pen your best Poincy catchphrase for a chance to win $250 worth of free gas.

Here’s how to participate:

Disney Conservation Grant Supports Coral Reef Research

Disney Conservation Grant Supports Coral Reef Research

The UH Mānoa Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) has been awarded a $24,200 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) to support the Connecting Coral Reefs Worldwide project.

Scientists, governments and NGOs believe that it is vital to carry out practical scientific research to help find new, cost-effective approaches to coral reef conservation. Today, coral reefs are at a critical stage with threats from human activities, climate change and ocean acidification. A fifth of all corals reefs have been destroyed and a further 15% are under immediate threat.

Man in serious condition after truck apparently backs over him

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A 29-year old man is in serious condition after officials say he was backed over by a truck.

Emergency Medical Services say the man was lying on Keaahala Rd. in Kaneohe when a truck apparently backed over him.

It happened shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday morning. 

No others were reportedly injured. 

 

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Medical examiner testifies in Marine murder trial

Nathaniel Cosby

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Forensic Pathologist William Goodhue testified that Ivy Harris was strangled.

"Ms. Harris had not been able to get sufficient oxygen to her brain, so she died," he said.

Goodhue was a witness for the prosecution in a military pre-trial hearing for Marine Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby.

He is charged with murdering Harris in May. Harris, a Las Vegas prostitute, was in Hawaii to celebrate her birthday. Hotel surveillance video shows the pair entering an elevator in the Aston Waikiki hotel on May 16. Cosby is seen leaving the hotel with a large duffel bag two hours later.

Harris's body was found near Yokohama Bay.

The autopsy also showed Harris had defensive wounds to her hands and wrists.

Pacific Corporate Solutions offering free electronic waste pickup for Oahu businesses

Pacific Corporate Solutions offering free electronic waste pickup for Oahu businesses

Recycling deal ends December 31

HONOLULU — Pacific Corporate Solutions (PCS), in partnership with Sims Recycling Solutions, is offering free electronics recycling and pickup service for all Oahu businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government entities until the end of the year.

“Electronic waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world today with more than 2 million tons ending up in landfills,” said Lance Furuyama, PCS vice president of operations. “Pacific Corporate Solutions is committed to protecting our precious environment by cutting the amount of electronic waste sent to our landfills.”