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Idyllic Hawaii Has a Gross Problem

Cesspools of untreated human waste

(Newser) - If you heard that one US state has a problem with thousands of cesspools filled with untreated human waste, would Hawaii come to mind first? Brace for the gross, hidden reality of the Aloha State. It seems that Hawaii has about 88,000 such cesspools, and the seeping sewage is... More »

Snorkel Mask Criticized After Spike in Hawaii Drownings

9 have died off Maui in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Hawaiian authorities are urging swimmers and snorkelers to stay safe after what they describe as an "unprecedented" spike in drownings off the coast of Maui. Nine people, including at least three tourists from California, drowned near several beaches on the island between Jan. 14 and Jan. 27, ABC News... More »

She Was Accused of Murdering Her Twin. Now, a Verdict

Alexandria Duval acquitted of killing her sister, Anastasia Duval, in Hawaii

(Newser) - A woman accused of deliberately driving off a Hawaii cliff and killing her identical twin sister was acquitted of murder Thursday. Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill found Alexandria Duval not guilty after a trial that started Monday , the AP reports. The sisters were seen arguing on the narrow, winding Hana... More »

Judge Gives 'Nasty' Texter a Writing Assignment

Daren Young has to come up with 144 compliments for his former girlfriend

(Newser) - A judge on the Hawaiian island of Maui has handed down an unorthodox sentence to a man who pleaded no contest to violating a protection order preventing him from contacting his ex-girlfriend. Judge Rhonda Loo ordered Daren Young on Friday to write 144 compliments about his ex-girlfriend, in response to... More »

Honeymooners in Maui Return Home With Rat Parasite

'Like somebody was taking a hot knife and just stabbing me'

(Newser) - On the surface, it was the best of times. Ben Manilla, 64, and Eliza Lape, 57, eloped during a trip to Maui in January, a time Lape calls "a perfect two weeks," reports Maui News . But underneath, it was the worst of times, as a rat parasite was... More »

Brain-Infecting Worm Booming in Popular Vacation Destination

Sharp uptick in cases of rat lungworm disease on Maui

(Newser) - A parasitic worm that infects people's brains is turning up more frequently on Maui, and Hawaiian officials are getting worried. "It’s like having a slow-moving bullet go through your brain," says state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, per the AP , explaining the effects of rat lungworm disease.... More »

It's the End of a Sugary Era in Hawaii

Last cane haul on Maui happened on Monday

(Newser) - The only remaining sugar mill in Hawaii is ending its final harvest. The last cane haul at Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company on Maui happened on Monday, with hundreds of workers and retirees on hand to watch the last delivery, Hawaii News Now reports. Parent company Alexander & Baldwin announced... More »

Woman Arrested Once More Over Twin Sister's Death

Alexandria Duval was found in Albany on Friday

(Newser) - In June, Hawaii prosecutors said the crash that killed Anastasia Duval was no accident—but twin sister Alexandria, who was behind the wheel, saw her second-degree murder charge thrown out due to lack of evidence. Now Duval has been re-arrested in connection with the May 29 accident, in which their... More »

10 Best Places to Visit in the US

Grand Canyon, Maui top the list

(Newser) - Planning your summer vacation? US News & World Report has compiled a list of the top vacation spots in the US, based on thousands of votes. There's something for everyone, from nature lovers to beachgoers. Here's the top 10: More »

Woman Accused of Twin's Murder Goes Free

Judge throws out case on lack of evidence

(Newser) - The woman accused of driving an SUV off a cliff to kill her twin is now free. During a preliminary trial Wednesday, Maui judge Blaine Kobayashi threw out the second-degree murder charge against Alexandria Duval, 37, citing a lack of evidence, reports NBC News . Duval's lawyer, Todd Eddins, says... More »

Cops: Woman Drove SUV Off a Cliff to Kill Twin

Alexandria Duval has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder

(Newser) - A woman has been charged with her twin's murder after allegedly driving an SUV off a seaside cliff in Maui. Police say Alexandria Duval, 37, was driving a Ford Explorer that went through a rock wall, plunging 200 feet onto rocks on May 29. She was flown to a... More »

Shark Kills Woman Snorkeling in Hawaii

Fatal attack is state's 4th in 20 years

(Newser) - Hawaii appears to have seen its first deadly shark attack of the year. A 65-year-old woman was killed while snorkeling off the southwest coast of Maui yesterday morning, and county officials say she suffered injuries to her upper torso consistent with a shark attack, NBC News reports. She had been... More »

Rogue Wave Kills Mom in Maui

Her husband, 2 children witnessed the accident

(Newser) - Flight attendant Wendi Van Briesen was bodysurfing with 13-year-old son Tanner in Maui when a huge wave turned the family's first vacation to Hawaii tragic, knocking her unconscious, shattering two of her vertebrae, and putting her into a coma. Van Briesen's husband, Aaron, and 11-year-old daughter, McKenna, witnessed... More »

Shark Kills Hawaii Kayaker

State can't explain surge in attacks

(Newser) - A kayak fisherman using lures to attract baitfish off Maui was killed after he attracted a shark with his dangling right foot, Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources says. A friend rushed to help after the shark bit the man's foot but the victim, identified as Washington... More »

Snorkeler Who Lost Arm to Shark Dies in Maui

German woman was bitten last week

(Newser) - A German woman who lost her arm in a shark attack died today, one week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui. Jana Lutteropp, 20, who had been on life support, died at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Lutteropp was snorkeling about 100 yards off Palauea Beach in Makena when... More »

Shark Bites Off Woman's Arm in Maui

20-year-old tourist was snorkeling

(Newser) - A third shark attack has been reported off Maui in as many weeks; in the latest case, a 20-year-old woman lost her right arm. Maui Now reports that the German tourist was snorkeling about 150 feet from the shore at Palauea Beach yesterday afternoon when the shark attacked, severing her... More »

Judges' $1M Maui Trip Turns Heads in Congress

Ninth Circuit conference would include full-service spa

(Newser) - US senators are scrutinizing a planned Maui getaway for circuit court judges that could cost more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars, Fox News reports. Scheduled for August, the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference would allow judges, attorneys, staff, and "special guests" to stay at a Hyatt Regency resort spa... More »

Resort Offers Couples 20-Hand Massages for $2K

So far no one's taken them up on the offer, though

(Newser) - How many people do you want touching you at once? The Grand Wailea Resort in Maui is betting the answer is “a lot.” For its 20th anniversary, the posh Waldorf Astoria vacation spot is offering a “20-Hands Duo Massage.” For a mere $2,000—$20 per... More »

Tourist Sucked Into Deadly Maui Blowhole

Californian David Potts bobs up once, vanishes

(Newser) - Horrified onlookers watched helplessly as a Northern California man was sucked into a tourist-touted "blowhole" on the shores of Maui. David Potts was clowning around close to the geyser-like phenomenon when a sneaker wave knocked him off his feet and he disappeared down the spouting hole. He bobbed to... More »

Wowie! Maui Gas Hits $4

Hawaii is especially hard hit by rising oil prices

(Newser) - The price of gas in the US hit another record this morning of $3.28 a gallon, CNN reports, but at least one part of the nation thinks that would be a great bargain. On Maui, $4 gas has already arrived in many places, and the island is on the... More »

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