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It's Cats vs. Monk Seals in Hawaii

Feline feces causes a real threat to endangered creature

(Newser) - The feral cat population has exploded in Hawaii, where they are not native and face no natural predators—and this could spell disaster for the endangered monk seal. That's because cat poop often contains a parasite called Toxoplasmosa gondii, and when sewage and polluted runoff carry the infected feces... More »

Bees Are Now Endangered

Feds list 7 Hawaiian species as protected

(Newser) - Federal authorities on Friday added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii's only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act, a first for bees in the United States. The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the listing after years of study by the conservation group Xerces Society, state officials,... More »

A Sore Throat Led to $4.2M Settlement

Feds to pay family of Antonio Marrero, who died after being sedated at Hawaii health clinic

(Newser) - The widow and children of a man who went to a rural Hawaii health center with a sore throat in 2013 and ended up dead will receive a $4.2 million settlement from the federal government, the widow's lawyer said Wednesday, per the AP . Antonio Marrero, 32, went to... More »

'Leap of Faith' Off Hawaii Waterfall Ends Badly

Yet Shiloh Shahan still wants to try it again

(Newser) - Shiloh Shahan calls it his "leap of faith." Others call it just plain stupid. While visiting Wailua Falls on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Sept. 1, the California native decided to ignore the many warning signs and jump an estimated 85 to 173 feet from the top... More »

Hawaii Braces for First Hurricane Landfall in Decades

Madeline could wallop Big Island early Thursday

(Newser) - Preparing for what could be the first hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii in years, residents on the Big Island are stocking up on food and water and seeking shelter for their animals. The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning as the storm dubbed Madeline churned west Tuesday toward... More »

Obama Creates the Largest Protected Zone on Earth

Welcome to Papahanaumokuakea, off Hawaii

(Newser) - A decade ago, President Bush created the biggest marine preserve in the world off the coast of Hawaii. On Friday, President Obama is quadrupling its size to cover 583,000 square miles and thus turning it into what the Washington Post reports will be the largest protected zone on Earth.... More »

'Beam of Light' Leads Couple to Centuries-Old Art

It led them to petroglyphs on Oahu's Leeward coast

(Newser) - Countless tourists have watched beautiful Hawaiian sunsets—but not many have made important archeological finds in the process. Lonnie Watson and Mark Louviere, visitors from Texas, discovered petroglyphs believed to be at least 400 years old during a stroll along Oahu's Leeward coast last month, Hawaii News Now reports.... More »

2 Pilots Survived 21 Terrifying Hours in the Ocean

David McMahon and Sydnie Uemoto endured cold, jellyfish stings, a circling shark

(Newser) - David McMahon says he wasn't terribly afraid in the first minutes after the two-engine plane he had been flying crashed in Hawaiian waters en route from Oahu to the Big Island. After all, the 26-year-old tells Hawaii News Now of the July 13 accident, he and the plane's... More »

Hawaii Is Growing, Courtesy of Lava Flowing Into Ocean

The mixing of lava and seawater is helping build new land on the Big Island

(Newser) - Hawaii's Big Island is getting bigger, and in geological terms it's happening fast. Kilauea, a shield volcano that rose from the sea more than 50,000 years ago, is among the world's most active, and its Pu'u O'o spatter cone has been erupting nonstop since... More »

Check Out Volcano's 'Smiley Face'

Video from Hawaii gets attention

(Newser) - Video of a volcano that appears to be smiling has gone viral after Mick Kalber of helicopter tour company Paradise Helicopters happened to be in the right place (Hawaii) at the right time (Wednesday), Mashable reports. ABC 10 reports that the video shows the Kilauea volcano, which is one... More »

Dad Dies Trying to Save Drowning Daughter in Hawaii

'He jumped in and tried to save her'

(Newser) - A father died trying to rescue his drowning daughter Saturday in Hawaii, CBS News reports. Six-year-old Mina Hornor of Berkeley, California, was walking along the rocks at the Makapuu Tide Pools on Oahu when she fell in the ocean. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says she was knocked into the water by... More »

3 Fishermen Vanish Off Oahu

Their overturned boat was found Monday

(Newser) - The Coast Guard is searching for three men whose fishing boat overturned off Oahu's North Shore. Authorities say Jensen Loo, Clint Oshima, and Derek Tomas—all aged 30—left Haleiwa around 5:45am Sunday and were to return by 5pm. The Coast Guard was alerted when the men still... More »

Mark Zuckerberg Is Building 'Oppressive' Wall: Hawaiians

New structure around his 700-acre property isn't going over well among most

(Newser) - Mr. Zuckerberg, tear down that wall. So say neighbors in Kauai, Hawaii, who think the Facebook founder is not so "neighborly." Residents on the north shore say Mark Zuckerberg is building a "monstrosity" of a wall on the 700-acre property he bought in 2014. He's reportedly... More »

Hawaii Will Put Gun Owners Into FBI Database

It's the first state in the US to do so

(Newser) - Hawaii has positioned itself on the leading edge of gun control after Gov. David Ige signed a bill Thursday that would put the state's gun owners into an FBI database, the AP reports. According to Hawaii News Now , Hawaiian gun owners will be entered in the "Rap Back"... 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 »

Minivan-Sized Sea Sponge Is New to Science

It was found deep in waters off Hawaii

(Newser) - Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big. The team of scientists on a deep-sea expedition in the waters off Hawaii discovered what they say is the world's largest known sponge. The creature, roughly the size of... More »

5 Killed in Hawaii Skydiving Plane Crash

Cessna burst into flames just after takeoff

(Newser) - Five people died in Hawaii Monday morning when a skydiving tour ended in disaster. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman tells NBC that the single-engine Cessna 182, carrying two skydivers, two tandem instructors, and the pilot, crashed into a field shortly after taking off from Kauai's Port Allen airport. Four... More »

Vacationing Lesbians Arrested for Kissing Get $80K Settlement

A Hawaiian police officer didn't appreciate their PDA

(Newser) - Two women who say they were arrested for kissing in a grocery store during a Hawaiian vacation last year will settle their lawsuit against the City of Honolulu for $80,000, the AP reports. Los Angeles residents Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero were holding hands while shopping at a Foodland... More »

Cat Burglars Flip the Script, Boost Dogs in Hawaii

From a Humane Society shelter

(Newser) - "Don't label me" may have been what cat burglars who stole six dogs from a Humane Society animal shelter in Hawaii over the weekend were thinking during their transgression. Cops say the thieves ran off from the Kaui shelter with three mixed-breed pit bulls, two Airedale terriers, and... More »

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