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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.

Surf shots of Ala Moana Bowls and Rockpiles

Surf shots of Ala Moana Bowls and Rockpiles

South Shore Juice continued Thursday at Ala Moana Bowls and Rockpiles with solid six- foot sets all day long.

According to surfers, conditions were epic!

Mahalo to Jamie DeMatoff for sending in these photos!

Rain causes flooding at Ala Moana Center

There was so much rain Monday evening that water was coming from the floor at the Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Check out this video taken by Antonio Mautone.

It was shot on the second floor, causing quite a puddle.

Rain causes hazardous driving conditions in Waikiki

Rain causes hazardous driving conditions in Waikiki

Road conditions were terrible for drivers in the Waikiki area Monday night.

Flooded roads, lightning flashes and non-working street lights were reported.

Honolulu police even had to temporarily shut down some road because they were too flooded to use.

Thunderstorm watch in effect for Honolulu and Kauai

Thunderstorm watch in effect for Honolulu and Kauai
Video courtesy: Hawaii Stream

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Honolulu and Kauai Counties. The watch remains in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the NWS, a severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch areas.

Residents in and near Honolulu and Lihue should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions.

The NWS says severe thunderstorms produce damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

Flood advisory in effect for Honolulu County

Flood advisory in effect for Honolulu County

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Oahu in Honolulu County.

At 1:30 p.m., radar showed moderate rain moving over Oahu from west to east. The NWS says these showers will continue through the afternoon.

To ensure safety, the NWS advises the public to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding.

According to the NWS, the advisory may need to be extended beyond 4:45 p.m. if heavy rain continues.