Hawaii News Now (153)

Iconic Consolidated Theatre opening hula sequence to get an upgrade

There's a special type of excitement that comes over you while sitting in a dark theater as the start of a long-awaited film begins to play on the screen.

Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with NKorea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. has discussed with China about how North Korea's nuclear weapons might be secured in case of instability in the reclusive nation.

AP Exclusive: Sold NKorean brides face hard choices in China

AP Exclusive: Thousands of North Korea women over the past decades have been trafficked across their country's border and sold as brides to Chinese men.

Political candidate with history for incendiary remarks sparks new controversy

For the last two weeks, members of the Ka'aihue family have been trying to get former political candidate Angela Aulani Ka'aihue to take down a Facebook post they call dangerous and defamatory.

Trump says female senator 'would do anything' for money

Three women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment are sharing their stories on NBC's 'Megyn Kelly Today.' Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks told of alleged harassment by Trump spanning decades.

State Senator claims Hawaii tourism leaders oppose UFC Hawaii

Max Holloway's second victory over Jose Aldo in Detroit earlier this month accompanied with Yancy Mederios jaw-dropping bout with Alex Oliveira hyped up Hawaii fans like never before. And word of bringing UFC to the islands began buzzing around again.

Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama

Democrat Doug Jones wins election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, as voters in the deeply conservative and heavily Republican state deal a stark political blow to President Donald Trump.

'Worst' erosion in years on Sunset Beach forces tough decisions

Erosion on Sunset Beach is a perennial problem.

Students create island-themed ornaments for tree in nation's capital

Ornaments created by Hawaii students are on display in Washington, D.C.

Suspects in brutal North Shore killing indicted for murder, kidnapping

The two suspects in the brutal beating death of a woman on the North Shore of Oahu have been indicted on charges of kidnapping, burglary and second-degree murder, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Arctic report card: Permafrost thawing at a faster pace

A new report card shows permafrost in the Arctic is thawing faster than ever before.

Officer, wife adopt baby addicted to opioids

Officer Ryan Holets accepted the outstanding service to the community award for adopting a girl who his wife and he knew would likely be addicted to drugs.

Hirono calls Trump a 'sexual predator,' says he should resign

Hawaii's Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono is now calling for President Trump to resign amid sexual allegations.

2 Mililani High students assaulted by man in Star Wars pajamas

Two Mililani High students were assaulted Monday morning while walking to school, a letter home to parents said.

Get a phone call from area code 809? You shouldn't answer it

If you get a call from an 809 area code, don't answer it. That is, unless someone from the Dominican Republic would be calling you.

Trump says senator 'would do anything' for cash

President Donald Trump is pushing back against sexual misconduct allegations, saying he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories.".

Hawaii is no longer the nation's 'healthiest state'

Massachusetts has dethroned Hawaii as the nation's 'healthiest state.'

Large northwest swell to bring wave heights of 40 feet; High Surf Warning is up

Ocean safety officials on Kauai are telling beachgoers to stay out of the water on the north shore.

UH Athletics is still operating in the red, but not as much as before

The University of Hawaii Athletics program is still operating in the red, according to the Star-Advertiser.

Some money of Island Air's missing 401K plan to be restored

There's some hopeful news for former employees of Island Air affected by the company's sudden shutdown.

'It's a girl!': Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson announces another baby on the way

A congratulations is in order for former Hawaii boy Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

#MeToo spotlight increasingly pointed at past Trump conduct

Three women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment are sharing their stories on NBC's 'Megyn Kelly Today.' Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks told of alleged harassment by Trump spanning decades.

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

Officials say the largest, most destructive wildfire burning in Southern California is expected to grow as it enters its second week.

Alabama foes make final push before big Senate vote

The winner will take the seat held previously by Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Republicans control the Senate with 52 seats.

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

APNewsBreak: The Pentagon says that transgender individuals will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, bowing to growing legal pressure despite staunch opposition from President Donald Trump.

Surrounded by scandal, Globes turn to old favs & fresh faces

The Globes will be the most prominent platform yet in Hollywood's awards season to confront the post-Weinstein landscape.

US flu season off to an early start; widespread in 7 states

Health officials say flu season is underway; illnesses widespread in 7 states.

'It's a girl!': Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson announces second baby

A congratulations is in order for former Hawaii boy Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, facing sexual misconduct allegations, steps away from daily operations at his restaurant empire.

Louisiana man admits misusing Trump's Social Security number

Louisiana investigator admits misusing Donald Trump's Social Security number, trying to get candidate's tax information.

Waianae Tigers football team returns home with a national title

A Waianae football team has taken it all in the national Pop Warner Super Bowl in Florida.

Pet day care owner in the doghouse after sudden shutdown

The state is investigating the abrupt closure of a doggie day care in Kakaako over the weekend.

Aging fuel storage tanks at Red Hill could soon get an upgrade

A newly released study could get the ball rolling on upgrades to the aging fuel storage tanks at Red Hill.

All the plans for Waikiki Natatorium share one thing: They're costly

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he hopes the city can begin renovation of the century-old Waikiki Natatorium by as early as 2019 after it completes a lengthy environmental review of the dilapidated complex.

Hawaii volunteer team rushes to help California wildfire evacuees

As the California wildfires continue to rage, leaving an intense path of destruction in their wake, six workers and volunteers from the Hawaii Red Cross have traveled to Southern California to help render aid.

Forecast: Another round of cool temperatures as cold front approaches

A weak front combined with an upper level disturbance will likely produce scattered showers, some heavy, tonight through Wednesday.

Court documents: Suspect in Maili murder swam out to sea with body

New details were released Monday about the brutal murder of an 18-year-old man on Oahu's west side.

Trump pushes immigration fix in wake of NY 'terror-related' subway explosion

Four people were injured, including the suspect, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, according to the New York Fire Department. All injuries are non-life-threatening.

Suspects in gruesome North Shore murder told police to shoot them

The couple charged with second degree murder and other offenses after a gruesome murder on the North Shore is set to appear in court Monday.

Family, friends grieve loss of 'beautiful couple' killed in Molokai plane crash

At least two people were killed in a plane crash on Molokai Sunday, Maui Fire Department officials confirm.

For some, potholes turned Honolulu Marathon into obstacle course

For the thousands of people who ran in Sunday's Honolulu Marathon, completing the 26.2-mile down-and-back course across East Oahu is challenging enough without having to deal with several dangerous and unecessary obstacles.

Search for suspect in fatal Salt Lake assault continues

Honolulu police continue to search for a suspect connected to a deadly assault last week.

Feedback wanted on relocation of a Maui lifeguard tower

Maui County officials are considering relocating a lifeguard tower in the interest of public safety.

Kauai police ask for public's help in tracking down suspect in sex assaults

Kauai police are asking for the public's help in tracking down a 26-year-old man who's accused of sexually two women Sunday morning.

Tourism authority execs fined for failing to report travel upgrades

The Hawaii Ethics Commission has fined four top current and former Hawaii Tourism Authority executives more than $12,000 for failing to report that they received free travel upgrades from international airlines.

Not that we needed a survey, but now we have one: Honolulu drivers are miserable

Drivers in Honolulu are among the most miserable in the world. No, really.

Older kids help brighten holidays for Maui students whose school was damaged by blaze

After a devastating arson fire at a Maui school, students at a neighboring campus decided to help cheer the children up and teach them about the joy of giving.

Forecast: Lighter winds and slight humidity before the rain

After a weak front trekked north of the islands this weekend, we are waking up to light winds this morning. These winds will be coming out of the southwest today and that may bring in some haze and slightly muggy conditions over the state.

Final push for Moore and Jones in Alabama Senate race

The winner will take the seat held previously by Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Republicans control the Senate with 52 seats.

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

Officials say the largest, most destructive wildfire burning in Southern California is expected to grow as it enters its second week.