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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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Building fire on Big Island collapses home

CAPTAIN COOK, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Big Island fire crews fought a building fire along Hawaii Belt Road in Captain Cook early Saturday morning.

Crews arrived just after midnight and found the home entirely collapsed.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is unknown.

The fire caused about $80,000 of damage.

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Merrie Monarch: Commemorative Book

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- This year's 50th anniversary celebration of the Merrie Monarch has been all about tradition and honoring those who've helped make the festival what it is today. 

One of those people is Uncle George Na'ope, who is credited, along with Aunty Dottie Thompson with re-invigorating the Festival when they introduced the hula competition in 1971.

A commemorative book "Humu Mo'olelo: Fifty Years of Hula, Culture and Tradition" pays respect to a vision he had to create a book of memories. 

He asked for help putting something like this together back in 2005 and that same staff says their humbled to make his dream a reality. 

"How proud we are as people of Hawai'i Island to host such a great event for so many years and that's what was so exciting about this was that. We got to hear the stories that other people haven't heard before," said Humu Mo'olelo, Brandon Nakano.