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Elderly woman killed in Kailua pedestrian accident

Woman struck by car in Kailua

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- An elderly woman is dead after being hit by an SUV in Kailua.

It happened just before 11:45 a.m. near 1257 Kailua Road.  The victim was taken to the Castle Medical Center in critical condition where she later died.

Police closed Kailua Road in the eastbound direction between Uluoa Street and Ulumanu Road to investigate.

Police say the 79-year-old woman was in a marked crosswalk when she was struck.

We will have more on tonight on Hawaii News Now. 

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Diamond Head Theatre Announces 100th Anniversary Season

HONOLULU – Diamond Head Theatre (DHT) is pleased to announce the 100th Anniversary season.  Curtains will open on Sept. 26 with the DHT debut of Mary Poppins. The six-show season will run through August 2015.

“We are excited to kick off our 100th Anniversary season with Mary Poppins, the first time the much-loved musical will be performed on our stage,” said John Rampage, DHT artistic director. “We want to thank our community, friends and families for the tremendous support we’ve gotten. We look forward to celebrating this momentous year with a lineup of iconic shows that will have something for everyone.

Police: Homeless man tried to smother good samaritan in her sleep

Daryl Thomas

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- An elderly widow tells Hawaii News Now by phone that she is satisfied that bail for her attacker is set so high.

55-year old Daryl Thomas is accused of trying to smother the 65-year old woman who was trying to help him.

According to court documents, the woman needed the trees trimmed on her 4-acre property in Kailua back in 2009.   Her church bulletin featured Thomas who said he needed work.  She hired him in 2009 and even let him move into a portable unit on the property.

He lived there for years.  But over time the woman noticed Thomas was becoming violent.

She wrote in a Temporary Restraining Order request, "His behavior has become more irrational and paranoid."

It went on to say,

"…We were very concerned that he might harm my grandchildren and ourselves if he got drunk enough."

Spike in Luxury Home Market Sales on Oahu in May

Spike in Luxury Home Market Sales on Oahu in May

HONOLULU – Oahu home and condominium sales saw a significant spike in the luxury market in May, with the strongest movement in the $1 to $2 million range, according to Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties (CBP), Hawaii’s leading residential real estate firm and a specialist in high-end real estate sales.

 

The figures are based on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data of all single-family homes and condominiums sold for more than $1 million in May 2014 on Oahu.

 

Oahu saw 84 luxury sales close last month. Oahu’s housing market is on an upward trend compared to the average number of homes sold in January through April 2014 (56 homes sales per month) and 62 home sales in May 2013.

 

Man's plight highlights lack of homeless services in Kailua

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- His presence is unmistakable at Kailua Beach
Park.  He identifies himself as Mike, a
61-year old homeless man who has set up his belongings underneath the
concessions window, right in front of the main entryway on the Kalapawai side
of the park.

"I lived here 61 years in Kailua, this is the only
place I know, is Kailua" he said.

Mike is there, he claims, because there aren't any services
available to him in his home community. 
He told Hawaii News Now that he broke his hip at the Kailua boat ramp,
and was treated at Castle Medical Center three weeks ago.  After receiving treatment, he was
discharged.  Because he is immobile, he
needed a place where he could sit, rest, mend and stay clear of the elements.

"I got let out of the hospital, where was I supposed to
go?  So I came here" he said.

Staffing shortage cancels visitations at O'ahu correctional facility

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Honolulu Department of Public Safety canceled visitation hours at the Women's Community Correctional Center in Kailua on Sunday. 

Firefighter injured battling Kailua house fire

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A raging house fire on Kaha Street shocked Kailua residents just before 10:30 Wednesday morning.

Hawaii News Now photographer Darin Akita captured the fiery scene on his iPhone.

He was driving by, saw smoke, and pulled over to warn a woman in the house.

He explained what happened, saying "I went up to her and said your house is on fire, you've got to get out. She didn't know. She said 'Oh My God. Everyone started screaming the house is on fire.'"

Neighbor Linda Holt said, "I heard some yelling outside and I looked out the window and there were flames coming out the bedroom window." 

Two good Samaritans raced to pull the elderly homeowner to safety. "They pulled a woman out who lives there, She's 96" explained Holt. "They had to drag her out sort of."