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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.

Flood alerts enhanced for North Shore

Flood alerts enhanced for North Shore

By Jim Mendoza

When heavy rain hits the North Shore, the water that runs under the Joseph P. Leong bridge in Haleiwa is a serious concern for people who farm the land and live in the homes downstream.

Katherine Kawamata's Haleiwa property has been flooded twice. The last time was in December of 2008.

"What are you going to do? The water just keeps rising," she said.

The same storm shoved water and mud into scores of homes that line the waterway that runs from Haleiwa to Waialua after passing under the bridge.

In 1974 a flood killed three people and did a mountain of damage.

Other heavy rains have also lifted the stream over its banks.

Now North Shore residents have a new warning system a computer click away.

High surf warning in effect Wednesday afternoon

High surf warning in effect Wednesday afternoon

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high surf warning for the North Shore beginning Wednesday at noon.

The North Shore surf is forecast to reach heights of 25 to 35 feet.

According to the NWS, high surf can potentially generate coastal flooding, cause damage to homes, create road closures and other hazards.

The Department of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation until the warning is canceled.