One week after claiming the gold medal at the ISA World Junior Championships in Nicaragua, Mahina Maeda of Sunset Beach was crowned the 16 and under Queen of the country Saturday, taking top spot at the USA Surfing Championships in California.
The 15 year old survived a final heat war with former Hawaii resident Tia Blanco at Lower Trestles, adding to her remarkable summer trophy case.
Maeda wasn't the only 808 surfer to be carried up shore waving the Hawaiian flag, as Kailua's Brisa Hennessy lived up to the hype, claiming the under-14 national title.
Sources tell KHON2 that state Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy died in a plane crash off Molokai.
Loretta Fuddy devoted 30 years to the health and human services industry.
There's a grinch at the Hawaii State Veteran's Cemetery. At least, that's what those who have loved ones buried there are saying. They've been told their holiday decorations at gravesites will have to come down.