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Boy falls into lava tube near Volcanoes National Park

HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- A 15-year-old San Rafael, CA boy who fell 25 feet into a steaming earth crack at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Wednesday night was pulled to safety by Park Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel.

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park SAR team, and County of Hawai‘i Fire crews based in the park, responded to a 911 call from the victim's mother at approximately 6:43 p.m. It was reported that the youth had attempted to leap over the protective railing surrounding a steam vent between Kīlauea Visitor Center and Volcano House.

Park SAR Coordinator John Broward, assisted by County Fire, rappelled into the deep, narrow, chimney-like crack and rescued the boy, who suffered a bump on his head and minor abrasions. His family declined further medical treatment, and he was released at the scene following assessment by County of Hawai‘i responders.

Order aerial hunting on Big Island to resume

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal court order is allowing Hawaii officials to resume aerial hunting of feral sheep and goats in an effort to protect a critically endangered bird found only in certain parts of Mauna Kea.

Earthjustice hails the order issued earlier this week as crucial to the palila's survival.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources suspended hunting the non-native animals after a Hawaii County ordinance was passed with strong community support to ban hunting from helicopters or airplanes.

The ordinance conflicts with previous court orders for the state to eradicate the animals that ravage the forest were the native birds live.

The bird is a Hawaiian honeycreeper whose population has declined 66% in the past decade, with fewer than 2,200 left.

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Hundreds of pounds of iron stolen from Kohala farm

NORTH KOHALA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Hawaii Island police are asking for the public's help in identifying the person or persons responsible for stealing iron materials in North Kohala or for information about the location of the stolen goods.

Sometime between the beginning of February and the second week in March, the items were stolen from a farm in Kohala Estates. Taken were 50 18-foot-long pieces of galvanized angle iron weighing roughly 200 pounds each and six spools of quarter-inch galvanized cable. The value of the stolen materials is estimated at $6,200.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Officer Julie Edmondson at 889-6540 or the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Pepeʻekeo woman charged in Hale Nani escape

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)-

Big Island police have charged a 21-year-old Pepeʻekeo woman in connection with an escape from a Hilo correctional facility. 

Detectives charged Shaylyn Momi Araw Sunday evening with second-degree escape. Her bail was set at $10,000. She was scheduled to make her initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

At 7:35 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the Hale Nani facility off Route 11 after receiving a report from correctional officers that Araw had scaled a fence and fled on foot. She was being held at Hale Nani for various property crimes.

Personnel from South Hilo Patrol, the Special Enforcement Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Division conducted extensive searches along Route 11 as well as in the Hilo area.

Oahu Halau wins big at the 2013 Merrie Monarch

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- The performances were amazing, the costumes incredible, the music outstanding -- but one hālau stood out above the rest at this year's Merrie Monarch and went home with a total sweep of all the top awards!

The kāne of Kawailiʻulā, under the direction of Kumu Chinky Māhoe were the night's big winners-- taking home the top prize for kāne Kahiko, Auana, highest score and overall.

Click here for a complete list of the competition's winners

It was another amazing night of hula in celebration of the Merrie Monarch's 50tj Anniversary, and once again it was a packed house at the Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium in Hilo.

29 hālau took the stage Saturday for Auana night.

Merrie Monarch: Hula Kahiko 2013

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Another incredible night of competition at Merrie Monarch! It was a packed house for Kahiko night at the Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium in Hilo. 29 hâlau performed on-stage, with the last group not going on til around 11:30 p.m.

Kicking the night off were the kâne of Nâ Pua Me Ke Aloha from Carson, California under the direction of Kumu Sissy Kaio. Among the men performing "Kaua Koa" on stage were a father and son, and three brothers.

Up next, Healani's Hula Hâlau & Music Academy under the direction of Kumu Beverly Healani Sun Lan Apana Muraoka from Kapa'a, Kaua'i. The five ladies danced to "Kaleleonâlani He Inoa".

Officials capture Big Island escapee

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Officials located a female inmate who escaped from Hale Nani Correctional Facility Sunday morning by scaling a 15 ft. razor wire fence.

Shaylyn M. Araw was arrested at about 4 p.m. in the Wainaku area. A tip from the public led to her arrest.

How she was able to escape from the facility is under investigation.

Araw was being held on burglary and theft charges.

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