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Firefighters return to Yokohama Bay to put out flames from brush fire

KEAWAULA BAY (HawaiiNewsNow)- Honolulu firefighters were back out battling a wildfire in leeward Oahu near Kaena Point overnight, but were able to contain it Sunday.

The blaze, near Yokohama Beach Park, flared up around midnight. Officials said crews fought the fire until about 7 a.m. Sunday. 

Video taken in the area showed the fire got close to a watershed and a park restroom. The blaze originally began around 3:30 a.m. Saturday and spread towards the Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station.

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Crash in Nanakuli leaves man in critical condition

NANAKULI (HawaiiNewsNow)- Honolulu police are trying to identify a man critically injured in a crash in Nanakuli. 

Around 10:00 p.m. Saturday night, the pedestrian, believed to be in his 30s was crossing Farrington Highway near the McDonald's, when he was hit by a pick up truck. 

According to authorities, he was not in a marked crosswalk.  The woman driving the truck told police she tried to avoid the man, but couldn't prevent the collision.

"She was traveling in the lane closest to the center, she saw the male coming across, she changed to the right lane trying to avoid him, but the male kept coming across, and then she impacted him", said Lieutenant Robert Towne of the Honolulu Police Department. 

Speed, drugs, and alcohol are not believed to be factors for the woman.  Police are unsure if the pedestrian was impaired.

Brush fire burning near Kaena Point

KAENA POINT (HawaiiNewsNow)- Federal fire fighters are assisting multiple companies from the Honolulu Fire Department as they battle a brush fire at Yokohama Bay near Kaena Point on Oahu.

Officials say that as of approximately 11:30 a.m., the fire is not under control and that brisk winds were making it difficult to battle the flames. Yokohama Beach Park is currently closed while firefighters work to extinguish the fire.

The fire started at approximately 3:30 a.m. in the Peacock Flats area. Multiple campers and hunters in the area were asked to leave while fire crews worked to get the flames under control.

The size of the fire has not yet been reported. No homes or building structures are being threatened at this time.

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

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Gabbard files election complaint against Hannemann

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. House candidate Tulsi Gabbard has filed a federal complaint accusing challenger Mufi Hannemann of what she calls "serious" violations of campaign finance laws. Hannemann's campaign said the accusations are "frivolous and false." Gabbard is asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate.

Gabbard, who is currently a city councilmember, alleges that Hannemann failed to disclose polling expenses and expenses for campaign trips to the neighbor islands and Guam. Gabbard also said that since he was campaigning full time, he wouldn't be able to complete the normal workload for his job as head of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association. She alleges that his salary would then be a prohibited corporate contribution.

Neighbors nervous over plans for infectious disease lab

KALAELOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - SARS, antibiotic-resident tuberculosis, dengue fever and other infectious diseases could someday be diagnosed in a laboratory the UH wants to build.

John A. Burns School of Medicine Dean Jerris Hedges said when a disease hits Asia, the possibility exists for travelers to carry it to Hawaii, making a biosafety lab a necessity.

"We need to be able to rapidly determine if the illness that an individual is suffering from could be a larger problem and we need to initiate either special treatments or quarantine treatment," he said.

Pacific Health Research Laboratory would be a much larger version of the biosafety lab at the UH School of Medicine. It would sit on a two-acre plot in Kalaeloa.  The site is currently a parking lot within the Hawaii Army Reserve National Guard's compound.

Kapolei-Makakilo neighborhood board member Evelyn Souza worries about its proximity to people.

North Star Scientific Supports Stem Scholarships at Leeward CC

North Star Scientific Supports Stem Scholarships at Leeward CC

LEEWARD OAHU - North Star Scientific has made a $75,000 pledge to support scholarships for full-time and part-time Leeward Community College students who are pursuing studies, or a teaching degree, in the Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math (STEM) fields.

North Star Scientific was started by Dr. James Stamm and University of Hawai'i alumni Robert and Sharmaine Swisher in 2001. It designs, develops, tests, and flight qualifies high performance electronics for land-based, ship-based, and airborne Department of Defense applications. This new gift from North Star Scientific builds on its 2009 $30,000 gift that established the North Star Scientific Scholarship. To date, this scholarship has benefited 26 students, many of whom were graduates of Aiea High School, Campbell High School, Kamehameha Schools, McKinley High School, Mililani High School, Moanalua High School, Pearl City High School, Waianae High School and Waipahu High School.

Ma'ili property manager cited for illegal dumping

WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow)- The state Health Department has cited a Ma'ili property manager for illegal dumping following complaints by nearby residents.

Department of Health officials say an investigation revealed over 100 tires and various other automobile parts, including what appear to be parts of old city buses. The Health Department says it looks like most of the trash is generated on-site and is simply being dumped around the property.

Authorities imposed a $4,000 dollar fine and ordered Theresa Magdadaro to remove all solid waste, as well as dig trenches to make sure there was no buried waste at the site. The Health Department says they have not been able to contact the property owner.

Health officials say they warned Magdadaro several times about the garbage piling up before issuing the citation.

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