Thursday’s Need to Know

Dangerous waves are still rolling in. A high surf advisory is in effect for north and west facing shores through Thursday evening.

Winds and waves still make it hard for boaters. A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday.

President Obama will sign an education reform bill into law Thursday. It requires less testing and gives more control back to states. It also makes Native Hawaiian charter schools eligible for direct federal grants.

Fans filed a class action lawsuit over Sunday’s canceled women’s soccer match. It demands compensation for travel expenses from the mainland and neighboring islands.

The Royal Hawaiian Band hosts a free holiday concert at Hawaii heatre Thursday night. The show starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Seats are first come, first served.
The number of people infected with dengue fever on Hawaii Island continues to rise, along with the health department’s spending of taxpayer money. We learned the state is paying $100,000 dollars for the campaign to raise awareness on dengue fever. There are now 145 confirmed cases of dengue fever on Hawaii Island.

One westbound lane of Farrington Highway near Pohakunui Avenue in Nanakuli will be closed from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. HECO crews will be removing equipment from a newly installed pole.

Hawaii is ranked the healthiest state in the nation. The United Health Foundation’s latest report says we have good immunization rates, and more people with health insurance.

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