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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 »

Big-Wave Surf Legend 'Ace Cool' Is Missing

Coast Guard has called off Hawaii search for Alec Cooke

(Newser) - Big-wave surfer Alec Cooke cheated death countless times in more than 50 years of surfing, but friends fear the legend known as "Ace Cool" may have finally met his match. The 59-year-old was reported missing on Wednesday when he failed to return from a surfing trip on the north... More »

Women's Suit: Kiss Got Us Arrested, Stranded in Hawaii

A vacation in Hawaii turned into a forced six-month stay on Oahu after a kiss

(Newser) - When Courtney Wilson and her girlfriend Taylor Guerrero visited Hawaii from California for the first time on vacation last March, they didn't realize they were about to be trapped on Oahu for six months. But on their second day, they went grocery shopping at Foodland Pupukea—and "we... More »

Boy Seriously Injured in Apparent Shark Attack in Hawaii

It would be Hawaii's 7th recorded attack this year

(Newser) - Officials are investigating another possible shark bite in the waters off Hawaii that left a 10-year-old boy seriously injured. Officials said Thursday they are still waiting to hear from doctors and the victim to confirm whether it was a shark bite. (A man was injured when he was bit by... More »

Hawaii Surfer Bitten ... in Eel Attack?

Officials say it might be a first in the state

(Newser) - A surfer is recovering from serious injuries after he fell off a wave in Hawaii and was possibly bitten by … an eel. Yes, humans should apparently fear the creatures' teeth as well as their zapping ability . The 33-year-old local man was surfing at Waikiki Beach on Saturday when he... More »

Hawaii Declares Emergency Over Soaring Homelessness

State has highest rate in the US

(Newser) - Hawaii has declared a state of emergency to deal with a homelessness problem that has exploded over the last couple of years. With an estimated 7,620 homeless people amid a population of 1.36 million, the state has the worst homeless problem per capita in the US, according to... More »

ABC News Doctor Drowns in Hawaii

Jamie Zimmerman was 31

(Newser) - ABC News doctor and reporter Jamie Zimmerman packed so much into her short life it was "as if she knew her time was limited," her mother says in a moving Facebook post . Dr. Zimmerman, who was 31, was on vacation in Hawaii and drowned after being swept out... More »

Boater Rescued After 5 Days Stranded at Sea

He finally got close enough to land to call for help

(Newser) - The Coast Guard says a man who had been adrift for five days on a storm-damaged catamaran was rescued near the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Sunday. The agency says the man was picked after it received a mayday call late Saturday afternoon. The man reported that a storm destroyed... More »

Guy Bitten by Tiger Shark, Posts Video of Wound

Hawaii spear fisherman gets out alive

(Newser) - A Hawaii spear fisherman who was bit in the leg by a tiger shark off the coast of the Big Island swam to shore and then filmed a video of his deep wound as he was being carried away on a gurney. "I just got attacked by a tiger... More »

Hawaii, Calif. Under Tsunami Advisories After Chile Quake

8.3 tremor killed at least 5

(Newser) - Hawaii and part of California's coast are under tsunami advisories after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center originally issued a watch for Hawaii but later downgraded the alert to an advisory, saying that current data indicated there would be no major... More »

Something Insane Just Happened Over the Pacific

3 major hurricanes recorded in region over the weekend

(Newser) - Weather history has been made, folks. As long as we've been keeping records, there have never been three Category 4 hurricanes swirling in the central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time. But that's just what happened over the weekend. Hurricanes Ignacio, Jimena, and Kilo were each... More »

Massive Sewage Spill Shuts Famous Hawaii Beach

Water off Waikiki will make you sick, officials warn

(Newser) - Most of the famed beach fronting Waikiki was closed after heavy rains triggered a half-million-gallon sewage spill near Hawaii's world-famous tourist district, officials say. The beach area was closed yesterday after storm water flowed into the city's sewage system as a weather system linked to Tropical Storm Kilo... More »

Man Tries to Stop Suicide, Falls 14 Floors

The man he was trying to help survived fall from college dorm

(Newser) - Students are moving into dorms at the University of Hawaii this week, but the mood is somber: A man fell 14 floors to his death from a ledge outside a dorm room early Sunday in what authorities believe was an attempt to stop another man from jumping. Police sources tell... More »

Hawaiians Block $1.4B Telescope Project on Sacred Land

At least temporarily; Board says it will break ground 'when issue is resolved'

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters on a Hawaii mountain road erupted in cheers yesterday after construction crews turned around and retreated from the site for what would be one of the world's largest telescopes. The $1.4 billion project has drawn intense opposition from Native Hawaiians who say the 18-story observatory... More »

Hawaii Now Has Toughest Smoking Law in the US

It raises legal age to 21, first state to do so

(Newser) - Hawaii's governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21. The measure aims to prevent adolescents from smoking, buying, or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. Gov. David Ige signed it into law yesterday. Dozens of local governments have... More »

Swordfish Hit by Speargun Kills Fisherman

Randy Llanes, 47, was an experienced Hawaiian boat captain

(Newser) - A Hawaiian man is dead after jumping into Honokohau Harbor yesterday to catch a swordfish and getting fatally gored, CNN reports. Boat captain Randy Llanes, 47, who was head of a deep-sea fishing charter, jumped in and hit the broadbill swordfish with a spear gun, officials say. The fish then... More »

Top 10 US Beaches

Hawaii's Waimanalo Bay Beach Park is No. 1

(Newser) - Dr. Beach—aka Stephen Leatherman of Florida International University—is out with his annual ranking of the best beaches in America, and he's got a new No. 1. The honor goes to Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Hawaii, reports AP . It's in a fairly secluded spot on the... More »

1 Killed, 21 Hurt in Hawaii Osprey Crash

Marine Corps aircraft had 'hard landing' during training

(Newser) - One Marine was killed and the other 21 people on board were hospitalized after an MV-22 Osprey aircraft made what the military describes as a "hard landing" at Hawaii's Bellows Air Force Station Sunday morning. Witnesses tell Hawaii News Now that they saw three Ospreys, which were involved... More »

97% of Hawaiian Island's Hotel Rooms Are Shut Down

Lanai lodgings getting a green overhaul

(Newser) - How's this for exclusive: In the second half of the year, a slim 11 hotel rooms—that's 3% of the normal volume—will be open for guests on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. That's thanks to Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison, who bought 98% of Lanai for $300... More »

Hawaii Lava Lake Explodes

It's like taking a hammer to a champagne bottle, geologist says

(Newser) - Molten lava, rocks, and gas went flying through the air on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano after an explosion was caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall. The collapse triggered a small explosion, spreading lava and debris around the rim of Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater, the US Geological Survey'... More »

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