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UPDATE: Crash survivor mourns wife's death near Honokai Hale

HONOKAI HALE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Family members came together to mourn the loss of a beloved mother and wife who was killed while waiting to cross the street.

Oscar Barcena said he rode the bus to pick his wife up from work at Foodland in Kapolei on Saturday, just as he did every night.

"We would be celebrating our 34th anniversary next month," Oscar explained. "She was a loving wife. She's good to me."

According to police, the two were hit after an SUV ran a red light and swerved to avoid a stopped vehicle. The Barcenas were waiting to cross Farrington Highway at Laaloa Street, at approximately 9:54 p.m., right across the street from their home in Honokai Hale.

Elena Barcena, 56, was taken to Pali Momi Hospital in critical condition, where she later died.

Oscar sustained a head injury and scrapes on his body. He was released from Queen's Medical Center today.

Shark sighting closes Depots Beach in Nanakuli

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NANAKULI (HawaiiNewsNow)- Lifeguards posted signs warning the public to stay out of the water at Depots Beach in Nanakuli on Saturday afternoon after an aggressive ten foot shark was spotted feeding on fish near the shore.

The signs were posted at approximately 12:15 p.m.

Department of Ocean Safety officials say that the signs will remain posted until the end of the day.

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Record number of seabirds hatch after predator-proof fence installed

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KAENA POINT, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Department of Land and Natural Resources Friday announced a record number of ua'u kani, or wedge-tailed shearwater seabirds, hatching at the Ka'ena Point Natural Area Reserve. Success is due to a predator proof fence, funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and installed by the state in early 2011 that keeps out non-native predators like cats, dogs, mongoose, rats and even mice.

"The success of the fence is astonishing. We are beginning to see how abundant our native ecosystems can be when restored to their natural state without predators," said Marigold Zoll, manager of the DLNR O'ahu Natural Area Reserves.

"Since the fence installation, the hatching ua'u kani population has more than doubled from a previous high of 1,556 birds in 2007, to 3,274 in 2012," said Dr. Lindsay Young, biologist with Pacific Rim Conservation, who is studying seabird populations at Ka'ena.

EXCLUSIVE: UH to sell portion of West Oahu campus to Catholic Church

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The newly opened UH West Oahu campus is facing future financial shortfalls, and Hawaii News Now has learned that university officials are selling a large portion of land at the campus to the Catholic Church to help make ends meet.

Real estate experts say the deal, which includes part of the 500 acres that UH owns on the makai side of the H-1 Freeway, will be beneficial to both parties.

"I think it's a smart move, to subdivide or take some of the land out and sell it because it recoups some capital they spent for infrastructure and allows for grading and other development of other sites," said Mike Hamasu, Research Director at Colliers International.

The university has already sold a six-acre parcel of the West Oahu campus to Tokai University in a six million dollar exchange.

Man beaten with tree branches in serious condition

WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow)- A 47-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition after he was reportedly beaten by several people with tree branches early Tuesday morning.

Emergency Medical Services say it happened around 12:30 a.m. on Plantation Road in Waianae.

No other details are currently available.

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Water service restored after Waianae main break, repairs continue

WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow)- A water main break in Waianae has forced officials to close three schools, a public library and a satellite city hall.

The Board of Water Supply (BWS) says the 16-inch water main break is at 85-654 Farrington Highway near the Waianae Fire Station. The break occurred around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning.

BWS crews have replaced the broken main and restored water service, at low pressures, to all affected customers. Crews will be working through the afternoon to restore water service to its normal capacity and to repair the roadway.

Both mauka lanes on Farrington Highway between Ala Hema Street and Kaulawaha Road remain closed. A contraflow lane is in place to allow for traffic in each direction. These road closures will remain for the duration of the repair, which is expected to continue into the afternoon.

Waianae Satellite City Hall is also closed because of the break.

Seagull Schools furthers its “naturally healthy” environment with new solar systems

Seagull Schools furthers its “naturally healthy” environment with new solar systems

HONOLULU – www.seagullschools.com and www.RevoluSun.com – Seagull Schools today announced it is expects to save more than $63,000 in energy costs per year through its new phot