Welcome to the Sunday edition of Hawaii State News from Hawaii News Digest.
Our top story: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane retains her title at Bellator 236.
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Accessed on 22 December 2019, 1430.
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Hawaii’s Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defended her world flyweight title via unanimous decision over Britain’s Kate Jackson tonight at Bellator 236 at the Blaisdell Arena. Read more
Local comedian Mel Cabang, 77, died Saturday in Las Vegas, several days after heart bypass surgery, according to a family friend. Read more
The Raiders take down the four-time defending Hawaii Open Division state champions in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series in Las Vegas. Read more
Honolulu firefighters battled a one-story house fire on Kanu Street this afternoon. Read more
A wind advisory is in effect for the state until 6 a.m. Sunday. East winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph, are expected. Read more
President Donald Trump tried out a fresh line of rhetoric on Saturday when he dubbed Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono “nasty, nasty, horrible” and “not the smartest person on the planet.” Read more
Hawaii island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 6-year-old boy with autism. Read more
Maui firefighters were investigating the cause of a structure fire in Haiku today that displaced two residents and killed their dogs. Read more
Higa’s hiring comes days after news of City and County of Honolulu communications director Andrew Pereira’s departure from the Mayor’s office. Read more
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg tackled issues of racial disparity as he met with Nevada’s communities of color Saturday, though the small-town Indiana mayor encountered tough questions and skepticism from some voters. Read more
Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. government is finally ramping up its efforts to seize the private land it needs to build a border wall in South Texas. Read more
New Zealand authorities said today their country will be a safer place after gun owners handed in more than 50,000 guns during a buyback program after the government banned assault weapons. But critics say the process was flawed and many owners have illegally stashed their guns. Read more
Catalogs, those glossy paper-and-ink offerings of outdoor apparel, kitchenware and fruit baskets, are not yet headed for the recycling bin of history. Read more
In a vehicle reeking of marijuana, 2 women pull up at a DUI checkpoint with a cache of weapons and drugs, police say
Their initial court appearance is scheduled for Monday in Kona District Court. Read more
Authorities say multiple fatalities were reported and several were injured. Read more
Australia battles ‘catastrophic’ wildfires as prime minister rushes home from family vacation in Hawaii
New South Wales is in a seven-day state of emergency, with around 2,000 firefighters battling 100 wildfires. Read more
French retailers, hotels and cafes are struggling at the height of the holiday shopping season, because a protracted transportation strike and repeated protests in Paris and other cities are keeping shoppers and visitors away. Read more
White Sands became the 62nd designated national park Friday with Trump’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which included a provision on the re-designation, park officials said Saturday in a statement. Read more
Thousands of “Garfield” comics drawn by creator Jim Davis are going up for auction. Read more
French President Emmanuel Macron made the announcement on the second day of his three-day trip to West Africa that has been dominated by the growing threat posed by jihadist groups. Read more
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