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Island Insurance Foundation donates $25,000 to the FilCom Center & the Aloha for Philippines effort

Island Insurance Foundation donates $25,000 to the FilCom Center & the Aloha for Philippines effort

The Island Insurance Foundation is donating $25,000 to the Filipino Community Center (FilCom Center) for the disaster victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan and the Aloha for Philippines relief effort.  The FilCom Center has also partnered with the Consuelo Foundation, which will match donations to the FilCom Center dollar for dollar, up to $2 million.

“Our hearts go out to the staggering number of people affected by this devastating natural disaster,” said Tyler Tokioka, President of the Island Insurance Foundation.  “We have so many employees and local families with friends, relatives and loved ones in the Philippines, that supporting this relief effort was a priority for our organization.”

Officials encourage residents to prepare for possible wildfires as summer swiftly approaches

Officials encourage residents to prepare for possible wildfires as summer swiftly approaches

Start prepping your home and surroundings now.

That is the message from the Honolulu Fire Department as Hawai`i prepares for the summer season – a time prime for wildfires.     

“Homeowners that live within that wildland interface – where the brush and the homes meet – they’d like to keep a good 30 feet of open space between their homes and the brush that will provide a good buffer before any wildland fires would impact them,” Honolulu Fire Department Assistant Chief Roy Murakami said.

Within the past eight years, HFD reported the most wildfires in 2005 (962) while the least came in 2011 (332). Although the past two months have been wetter than normal, the National Weather Service advises residents that the dry season will still occur.

Emergency Preparedness Workshop will be Presented at Kaimuki Library

Emergency Preparedness Workshop will be Presented at Kaimuki Library

Did you know hurricane season is underway and runs through November 30?  The Hawaii Red Cross and Kanu Hawaii are sponsoring a “Get Ready” Emergency Preparedness Workshop at Kaimuki Public Library on Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. in the Adult Reading Section.  
    
This workshop will provide important information for Hawaii residents such as how to stay informed in the event of a hurricane or tsunami watch, when and where to evacuate, the difference between hurricane and tsunami shelters, how to make an emergency plan that ensures the safety of everyone, and the best resources available from the City & County of Honolulu, and the State and Federal Governments.  The one-hour workshop is suitable for ages 12 and older.  
    
Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Emergency Preparedness Workshop will be Presented at Kaimuki Library

Emergency Preparedness Workshop will be Presented at Kaimuki Library

Did you know hurricane season is underway and runs through November 30?  The Hawaii Red Cross and Kanu Hawaii are sponsoring a “Get Ready” Emergency Preparedness Workshop at Kaimuki Public Library on Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. in the Adult Reading Section.  
    
This workshop will provide important information for Hawaii residents such as how to stay informed in the event of a hurricane or tsunami watch, when and where to evacuate, the difference between hurricane and tsunami shelters, how to make an emergency plan that ensures the safety of everyone, and the best resources available from the City & County of Honolulu, and the State and Federal Governments.  The one-hour workshop is suitable for ages 12 and older.  
    
Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Beat The Heat: Staying Safe in Peak Summer Temperatures

Beat The Heat: Staying Safe in Peak Summer Temperatures

With sweltering heat waves reported across the country, we at Hawaiian Springs Artesian Water thought it would be a good time to remind everyone things to keep in mind to “beat the heat.” Let’s all practice safe sun habits and stay properly hydrated as we head into what are typically the year’s hottest months here in Hawaii:

Sunscreen: A Healthy Habit – Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach, especially in tropical locations like Hawaii, where sun damage can occur from even minimal exposure such as walking your dog outside or driving. Make applying sunscreen a habit, and of course, reapply after water sports or perspiring.

Made in the Shade – During peak sun damage hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seek shelter from the sun by staying in the shade or wearing a hat.  And don’t forget that sun damage can happen outside these peak hours as well.

Flooding on Keeaumoku Street caught on video

Monday night's severe weather didn't make for good driving conditions.

Heavy rain created flooding on Keeaumoku Street.

Traffic lights were also out near Wal-Mart.

Check out this video taken by Ryan Wilson.

Manoa businesses, residents experience power outage

Manoa businesses, residents experience power outage

A power outage and heavy rain created dangerous driving conditions on Monday.

Honolulu police kept a close eye on the rising water level of the Manoa stream.

Most of the stores at Manoa Marketplace were closed, but customers at Safeway shopped with flashlights.

"My roommates texted me. We need candles cause the power is out so I'm doing them a favor," Manoa shopper Matt Haynes said.