China Airlines has offered a Georgia woman a free trip to pick up a camera she lost on Maui six years ago that drifted across the Pacific from Hawaii to Taiwan. The story first aired over the weekend on the Honolulu news outlets, and their hope that someone would recognize the woman in the pictures paid off.
Hawaii News Now reports a high school friend of Lindsay Scallan saw its story about the camera, which was found by a China Airlines employee on a beach in Taiwan with its memory card intact, and connected the news operation with Scallan through her Facebook page.
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WHO: The Hawaii State Senate and House of Representatives will convene in joint session to award the Hawaii Medal of Honor to recognize military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The families of these fallen service members will all receive the Hawaii Medal of Honor on behalf of their loved ones.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hawaii State Capitol – Senate Chambers
WHAT: The Hawaii Medal of Honor was created to recognize the heroism of Hawaii’s armed forces. It is awarded on behalf of the people of the State of Hawaii to honor those with Hawaii ties who are killed in action while serving our country as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Recipients of the medal include members of the United States Armed Forces, the United States military reserves, and the Hawaii National Guard who were residents of the State of Hawaii, attended an educational institution in Hawaii, or who were stationed in Hawaii by order of the United States Department of Defense.
Nine families from Hawaii and the mainland U.S. are expected to participate in this very special ceremony. Other attendees will represent local government leaders, the Hawaii Congressional Delegation, and the military.
The presentation of the Hawaii Medal of Honor was the first of its kind in the nation, and has become the model for similar ceremonies in other states.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for MAUI COUNTY, in effect through this afternoon.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is very dangerous. Remember that it does not have to be raining heavily where you are for flash flooding to occur. Please monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take immediate action if flash flood warnings are issued.
EFFECTS: An upper level trough will interact with an unstable airmass across the western half of the Island chain, increasing the potential for flash flooding through this evening. However, exact timing and placement of heavy rainfall is uncertain.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO PONDING, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BRAKING ACTION. DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet service can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
SEOUL >> North Korea’s military warned today that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture in the latest in a string of bellicose threats aimed at South Korea and the United States.
North Korea’s field artillery forces — including strategic rocket and long-range artillery units that are “assigned to strike bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops in the U.S. mainland and on Hawaii and Guam and other operational zones in the Pacific as well as all the enemy targets in South Korea and its vicinity” — will be placed on “the highest alert from this moment,” the statement from North Korean army’s Supreme Command said.
The announcement came as South Koreans marked the third anniversary of the sinking of a warship in which 46 South Korean sailors died. Seoul says the ship was hit by a North Korean torpedo, while the North denies involvement.
Seoul’s Defense Ministry said today it hasn’t seen any suspicious North Korean military activity and that officials are analyzing the North’s warning. Analysts say a direct North Korean attack is extremely unlikely, especially during joint U.S.-South Korean military drills that end April 30, though there’s some worry about a provocation after the training wraps up.
The rival Koreas have had several bloody naval skirmishes in disputed Yellow Sea waters since 1999. In November 2010, a North Korean artillery strike on a South Korean island killed two marines and two civilians.
North Korea, angry over routine U.S.-South Korean drills and recent U.N. sanctions punishing it for its Feb. 12 nuclear test, has vowed to launch a nuclear strike against the United States and repeated its nearly two-decade-old threat to reduce Seoul to a “sea of fire.” Despite the rhetoric, outside weapons analysts have seen no proof that North Korea has mastered the technology needed to build a warhead small enough to mount on a missile.
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency, cited the participation of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers in South Korea-U.S. drills in its threat to the U.S. and South Korea.
Pentagon press secretary George Little said the threat would only further isolate North Korea.
“North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric and threats follow a well-worn pattern designed to raise tensions and intimidate others,” Little said. He said there have been three flights by U.S. B-52 bombers during the recent military drills with South Korea.
The North’s recent threats are seen partly as efforts to strengthen internal loyalty to young leader Kim Jong Un and to build up his military credentials.
Kim “needs to show he has the guts. The best way to do that is to use the military might that he commands,” said Lee Yoon-gyu, a North Korea expert at Korea National Defense University in Seoul. “This paves the way for greater praise for him if North Korea makes a provocation later and claims victory.”
Kim will eventually be compelled to do “something provocative to prove the threats weren’t empty,” Lee said.
Meanwhile, websites and organizations run by North Korean defectors in South Korea said they suffered cyberattacks today, one week after computer systems at some South Korean banks and TV networks were widely disrupted.
Daily NK, which posts news about North Korea, said it experienced a cyperattack, and South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said Free North Korea Radio also was attacked.
Yonhap said a computer network used by seven local governments was also briefly attacked, as was a network belonging to broadcaster YTN.
Authorities have not confirmed who was behind last week’s cyberattack but suspect North Korea.
At a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the warship sinking, new South Korean President Park Geun-hye urged the North again to abandon its nuclear weapons program. “Focusing its national strength on the development of nuclear weapons while its people are suffering starvation … will only bring international isolation to themselves,” Park said in a televised speech at a national cemetery south of Seoul where the 46 sailors are buried.
HONOLULU — A group of kayakers was rescued by the Coast Guard when weather took a turn for the worst approximately three miles off the coast of Wailea, Maui, Saturday.
Coast Guard Station Maui was notified by a vessel operator in the area that four kayakers, one adult and three children, were being blown toward the open sea by approximately 25 mph winds. Sea conditions worsened to swells of three to four feet.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui was conducting training in the area and diverted to the scene. All four kayakers and their kayaks were picked up and taken to shore at 2 p.m. The kayakers were wearing life jackets and uninjured.
The Coast Guard advises all mariners to check weather conditions prior to getting underway. Weather conditions in Hawaii can change rapidly and can include high wind, breaking surf and extreme currents. Individuals unfamiliar with the area are encouraged to speak with lifeguards before entering unfamiliar water in order to become familiar with local weather and ocean hazards.
Mariners are also urged to file a float plan with a responsible friend, family member or harbor master. A float plan should include the projected course, time of departure, arrival and return which will provide responders with vital information in the case of an emergency.
More information on float plans can be found at the following link: http://www.floatplancentral.org/
Hawaiian Airlines, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: HA), has reached key labor agreements with its pilot and flight attendant unions on the introduction of the new aircraft, finalizing the memorandum of understanding announced in January.
The transaction is the latest step in Hawaiian’s phased fleet plan to supplement its current wide-body fleet of 26 aircraft, expand its long-range fleet, and enable it to open new domestic and international nonstop services to Hawaii. The A321neo aircraft will complement Hawaiian’s existing fleet of Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 aircraft flown between Hawaii and the West Coast.
“Adding the superior comfort and operating efficiencies of the A321neo will secure Hawaiian’s position as the Hawaii market leader in service quality, cost efficiency and choice of destinations from the U.S. West Coast throughout this decade and beyond,” Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said in a statement. “The A321neo will be the most fuel-efficient aircraft of its type after its introduction in 2016. With its slightly smaller size, we’ll be able to open new markets that are not viable for wide-body service, while also being able to augment service on existing routes to the West Coast of North America.”
Terms of the purchase agreements were not disclosed, but the order has a combined list-price value of approximately $2.8 billion if all purchase rights are exercised.
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