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Parents of Boy Missing 20 Years Charged With His Murder

Peter Kema Jr. disappeared at age 6

(Newser) - The parents of a Hawaii boy who has been missing for nearly 20 years have been charged with murder after authorities reopened the case and re-evaluated the evidence, the AP reports. The boy's parents have long been suspects in the 1997 disappearance of then 6-year-old Peter Kema Jr., known... More »

Solar Plane, Grounded Since July, Resumes Quest

Next stop: California

(Newser) - A solar plane on an around-the-world journey has reached the point of no return over the Pacific Ocean after departing Hawaii, and now it's California or bust, the AP reports. The plane was cruising over the cold northern Pacific late Thursday at about 20,000 feet with a nearly-full... More »

Denied Yoga, Sleep-Deprived Flier Goes Wild

He tried to bite, head-butt passengers: prosecutor

(Newser) - An impromptu yoga routine wasn't enough to calm an irate passenger aboard a United Airlines flight that had to be turned around mid-flight on Saturday. Hyongtae Pae, 72, of South Korea was headed home from Hawaii, where he'd celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary, when he felt the urge... More »

Sanders Sweeps Saturday Caucuses

Notches wins in Alaska, Washington, Hawaii

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders has won Saturday's caucuses in Alaska, Washington state, and Hawaii as he fights to gain ground on Hillary Clinton, reports the AP . Washington was Saturday's big prize with 101 delegates at stake, and Politico called a victory there "essential" to Sanders' campaign hopes. The delegates... More »

Trump Takes Hawaii

He scores another win in unpredictable caucuses

(Newser) - Another win for Donald Trump, this time in the state he didn't believe President Obama was born in. The tycoon has won Hawaii's GOP caucuses, adding to his Tuesday night victories in Michigan and Mississippi. With all precincts reporting, Trump has 42.4% of the vote, with Ted... More »

Hawaii Copter Crash Caught on Video

Civilian copter was apparently on sightseeing tour

(Newser) - Authorities in Hawaii say one person is in critical condition after a civilian helicopter with five people on board crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Pearl Harbor Thursday. An official with the US Navy in Honolulu says there were no fatalities in the crash, which occurred near the Arizona Memorial,... More »

5 States With Highest, Lowest Property Taxes

From New Jersey to Hawaii

(Newser) - You could likely tick off many, many differences between Hawaii and New Jersey, but 24/7 WallSt has identified perhaps the wonkiest of them all: property taxes. The site crunched the numbers on what people pay in each state as a percentage of home value and found that Jersey residents pay... More »

5 Most and Least Blissed-Out States

West Virginia needs to spend a little more time in Hawaii

(Newser) - Gallup is out with its annual poll trying to rank that most intangible of factors—a sense of "well-being"—in the US states. To do so, it questioned more than 177,000 people on topics ranging from having a sense of purpose to community to physical and... More »

12 Missing Marines Declared Dead

Search off Oahu has been called off after 5 days

(Newser) - The Marine Corps says the 12 Marines who were in two helicopters that crashed off Hawaii are considered dead. The status of the missing Marines changed to deceased on Wednesday after five days of searching for them, and the Marine Corps says casualty assistance calls officers personally notified each family... More »

12 Missing After 2 Military Choppers Collide in Hawaii

Coast Guard search underway

(Newser) - Twelve people are missing after two US military helicopters collided off the coast of Hawaii's Oahu island, reports ABC News . Coast Guard and Navy search teams have spotted the debris field—including an empty life raft—about 2 miles off the coast, reports the network and CNN . The first... More »

Humpbacks Are Late in Hawaii

It could be a sign of success, experts say

(Newser) - December usually marks the start of humpback whale season in Hawaii, but experts say the animals have been slow to return this year. The giant whales are an iconic part of winter on the islands and a source of income for tour operators. But officials at the Humpback Whale Marine... More »

Guy's Views on Sex Disqualify Him as Teacher

He thinks it's fine for adults to have relationships with minors

(Newser) - The University of Hawaii didn't violate First Amendment rights when it denied a teaching certificate for an aspiring high school teacher who expressed views condoning adults having sex with minors, says a federal court ruling. Mark Oyama enrolled in the secondary education certification program at the University of Hawaii'... More »

Drone Gets Too Close to Obama Motorcade

The Secret Service stepped in

(Newser) - A drone nearly crashing into a champion skier is one thing; one coming perilously close to President Obama's motorcade—definitely not cool. That's what the Secret Service is miffed about after an incident in Hawaii Monday, in which a drone cruised next to the convoy— CNN says the... More »

Hawaii Has Only Named a Snowcone After Obama

Plans to rename beaches, parks have been shot down

(Newser) - The end of President Obama's time in office is in sight and Hawaii still hasn't named anything much after the only US president born in the state. Over the last few years, efforts to name holidays, beaches , and schools after Obama have failed, as has an attempt to... More »

Obama Back in Hawaii for Annual Christmas Vacation

President expresses optimism for the upcoming year

(Newser) - After a somber start to his vacation, President Obama arrived in Hawaii on Saturday to celebrate Christmas and ring in his final year as president. Air Force One carrying Obama and his family landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in the wee hours of the first day of his annual... More »

In Milk Drinkers, a Scary Link to Pesticide, Parkinson's

Study finds traces of heptachlor in brains of dairy consumers in Hawaii

(Newser) - Scientists are urging people to watch what they eat—and drink—in a new study linking a pesticide with Parkinson's disease. Researchers note that, for a time, cattle in Hawaii were likely fed a gruel containing traces of heptachlor, used by American pineapple farmers before it was banned in... More »

Dramatic Rescue After Pro-Surfer Goes Under at Deadly Spot

Body-boarder Andre Botha pulled unconscious man to surface

(Newser) - Florida pro surfer Evan Geiselman, 22, was riding a 20-foot wave at Hawaii's Pipeline—one of the world's deadliest surfing spots—on Sunday when he disappeared as the lip curled over him. The Pipeline off Oahu's North Shore delivers breakers that can force a surfer underwater until... More »

Glitch Causes Bank Customers to See Billions in Charges

'My wife is going to kill me'

(Newser) - A technical glitch meant some First Hawaiian Bank customers logged on to their accounts to find that they appeared to be billions—or sometimes more than a trillion dollars—in the red. KHON-TV reports that bank officials say the glitch was visible to customers who logged on to their accounts... More »

Supreme Court Justice Blocks Controversial Hawaiian Vote Count

Temporary stay stops the certification of any winners

(Newser) - A US Supreme Court justice on Friday issued a temporary stay blocking the counting of votes in an election that would be a significant step toward Native Hawaiian self-governance. Justice Anthony Kennedy's order also stops the certification of any winners pending further direction from him or the entire court.... More »

Dengue Fever Outbreak Hits Hawaii

10 cases reported so far

(Newser) - Bad news for anyone planning to escape the cold weather in Hawaii: The Big Island has seen 10 confirmed cases of dengue fever recently, West Hawaii Today reports. Both residents and visitors have been afflicted, with symptoms coming on any time from mid-September through last week. Dengue fever is not... More »

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