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US Army Sgt. Indicted for Allegedly Trying to Help ISIS

Ikaika Kang is scheduled to appear in court Monday

(Newser) - A US Army sergeant arrested July 8 for allegedly attempting to give classified military documents, a drone, and more to the Islamic State has been indicted and will appear in court Monday to faces charges of trying to provide material support to a "foreign terrorist organization," Reuters reports.... More »

Hawaii Starting to Plan for North Korea Nuke Strike

'Get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned'

(Newser) - The antics of North Korea's Kim Jong Un are officially no longer funny in Hawaii. State officials are rolling out a civil-preparedness campaign in case of a nuclear attack by North Korea, reports Hawaii News Now . Part of that means public-service announcements about what people should do if Pyongyang... More »

Hawaii Family Starved Girl to Death Over a Year: Charges

Dad, mom, grandma arrested Friday

(Newser) - A Hawaii father, mother, and grandmother are charged with murder after allegedly starving a 9-year-old girl, the AP reports. Police on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday arrested 49-year-old Kevin Lehano, 33-year-old Tiffany Stone, and 59-year-old Henrietta Stone. Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth, reading from a grand jury indictment,... More »

Hundreds Flee Blaze in Hawaii Condo With No Sprinklers

3 Dead and 12 injured in fire ‘like a horror movie’

(Newser) - A raging fire in a Honolulu high-rise that authorities say had no sprinklers left three dead, 12 injured, and sent hundreds fleeing as smoke billowed from the upper floors, the AP reports. The dead were found on the 26th floor, where the fire broke out around 2:15pm and then... More »

Students Carry on Epic Tinder Exchange for 3 Years

And now it's scored them a trip to Hawaii

(Newser) - Michelle Arendas and Josh Avsec have kept up an epic Tinder conversation for nearly three years—and after it recently went viral, their story scored them a free trip to Hawaii. BuzzFeed details how it all started for the Kent State University students when they matched on the dating app... More »

Man Dies in Fall Into Hawaii Volcano

Leo Adonis, 38, believed to have committed suicide

(Newser) - A 38-year-old California man was found dead Sunday morning in a Hawaii volcano, apparently having jumped in an act of suicide. The father of Leo Adonis, born Gregory Michael Ure, says his son left a note in a backpack that was found by hikers on the Crater Rim Trail Saturday... More »

Hawaii Soldier Allegedly Tried to Give ISIS a Drone

Ikaika Kang arrested on terrorism charges

(Newser) - An active-duty soldier who said he wanted to kill a "bunch of people" has been arrested on terrorism charges after allegedly trying to provide assistance to ISIS, the FBI says. FBI spokesman Arnold Laanui says Ikaika Kang, a 34-year-old air traffic control operator at Hawaii's Wheeler Arm Airfield,... More »

Travel Ban Takes Effect With Last-Minute Change

Hawaii files legal challenge

(Newser) - The latest version of President Trump's travel ban took effect Thursday evening with a last-minute change: Fiances have been added to the list of people considered "close" relatives, the BBC reports. But grandparents, aunts, and uncles, among others, aren't considered close enough—and without what the administration... More »

An Epic Voyage: 3 Years, 40K Miles in Canoe With No GPS

Traditional voyaging canoe Hokulea returns to Hawaii, ends trip around the world

(Newser) - No modern navigation instrumentation guided a Polynesian voyaging canoe as it followed the horizon on a three-year journey around the globe. About a dozen crewmembers for each leg of the voyage relied only on nature's cues—ocean swells, stars, wind, birds—and their own naau, or gut, to sail... More »

Hawaii Passes Law Committing to Paris Agreement

It's the 1st state in the US to do so

(Newser) - States are continuing to fight back against President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, with Hawaii becoming the first state to pass a law adopting the goals of the accord. NPR reports the bill was signed Tuesday by Gov. David Ige. He was joined by mayors... More »

Tourists Returning 'Cursed' Lava Rocks to Hawaii Volcano

Thousands of stolen rocks are sitting in a pile in Hawaii

(Newser) - It may seem like a harmless souvenir, tucking a lava rock from the Big Island into your pocket. But many tourists apparently believe that Hawaiian memento comes with weighty baggage: a curse warning that Pele, the volcano goddess, will have her revenge. The Wall Street Journal reports that hundreds of... More »

New Hope for Families Trying to Hold Onto Slice of Paradise

Hawaiian legislature passes bill to make it easier to inherit land

(Newser) - The Hawaiian legislature just voted to make it easier for Hawaiians to pass down land to future generations by lessening the required percentage of native Hawaiian blood, West Hawaii Today reports. By 1919, the native Hawaiian population had shrunk by more than 650,000 due to a century and a... More »

Dad Won't Give Up Toddler's Seat, Delta Kicks Family Off Flight

Brian Schear refused to give up paid-for seat for different child on overbooked flight

(Newser) - "Did you know that the safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system (CRS) or device, not on your lap?" That's per the FAA , but Delta ordered a California family to go the lap route as they returned from a... More »

Dad Reveals Location of Son's Body— 20 Years Later

Peter Kema Jr. disappeared in 1997

(Newser) - The father of a boy who became the face of a Hawaii campaign for missing and abused children after his 1997 disappearance rode in a van with police and prosecutors last weekend, leading them to the site where he says he dumped his dead son's remains. Peter Kema Sr.... More »

Sessions Calls Hawaii Just 'an Island in the Pacific'

AG says he's 'amazed' a judge in Hawaii can stop Trump's travel ban

(Newser) - “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” CNN quotes Jeff Sessons as saying in a radio interview this... 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 »

Hawaii Judge Rules Again on Trump's New Travel Ban

US District Judge Derrick Watson issues longer-lasting order

(Newser) - A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. US District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii's request to extend his temporary hold, the AP reports. Several hours... More »

Best and Worst US States for Women

Say aloha to Hawaii, ladies

(Newser) - Women often wear pink when they're demonstrating for equal rights, but they may want to swap that out for a rainbow-colored lei instead. MoveHub looked at a variety of factors—including a state's gender pay gap, educational equality, and documented instances of violence against women—to determine which... More »

Old-School Training for US Soldiers: Jungle Warfare

Army post in Hawaii puts soldiers through paces in tough rainforest environment

(Newser) - The Army soldiers finished wading across a stream in a Hawaiian rainforest, their boots and socks waterlogged, their clothes, hair, and ears caked with mud. The soldiers were training at the first jungle school the US Army has established in decades, designed to train for exercises and potential combat on... More »

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