Monday’s Need to Know

The fight against dengue fever on Hawaii Island continues. The total now stands at 181. The Department of Health is expected to release the latest update on the dengue fever outbreak Monday.

Firecracker sales continue at Oahu retail stores. This year, more than 13,000 New Year’s Eve fireworks permits were sold at $25 each. Sales end when the stores run out or on New Year’s Eve; whichever comes first.

Hokulea reached her halfway point in her worldwide voyage. She left Africa on Christmas Eve headed to South America, the longest leg on the voyaging canoe’s Malama Honua worldwide trip which will cover over 60,000 nautical miles and 27 nations.

You’ll have a rare opportunity to experience Iolani Palace by moonlight and to enter the second floor via the famous koa staircase. It’s part of birthday celebrations for Queen Kapiolani. Tours run from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
The PM Contraflow Lane Project resumes with up to three right lanes closed on the H-1 freeway westbound, between the Pearl City/Waimalu off ramp and the Waipahu offramp. It starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 4:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday.

If you are or were a customer of Verizon or Sprint after July 1, 2010, you may be eligible for a refund. The two carriers reached a nationwide settlement for mobile cramming. The deadline to collect a payment is December 31st.

Burglaries in Chinatown are up. The Honolulu Police Department says 35 burglaries were reported since September; 25 were businesses.

Surf is on the rise. A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday for north and east facing shores across the state.

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