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Japan PM to Join Obama for Historic Pearl Harbor Visit

Both men will lay a wreath at USS Arizona Memorial

(Newser) - Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where the bloodshed of the surprise attacks drew America into World War II. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit Tuesday with President... More »

Obama Honors Troops in Final Christmas Visit

He says serving as commander-in-chief has been the privilege of his life

(Newser) - President Obama says it has been "the privilege of my life" to serve as the commander in chief of the US military. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited troops at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Oahu's Kaneohe Bay Sunday, marking the last time Obama will take part... More »

The 5 Healthiest States

Hawaii comes in first, again; Mississippi is last

(Newser) - What is the healthiest state in the USA? For the fifth straight year, the winner is … Hawaii, according to America's Health Rankings . The Aloha State snagged the top spot for its low rates of uninsured people and obesity, though it scores above average for excessive drinking, reports USA ... 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 »

Jennifer Lawrence Apologizes Over Her Hawaii Story

Tale of 'sacred' rock was meant to be self-deprecating, she explains

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence is apologizing for a story about Hawaii that caused her much grief on social media. In making the rounds for new movie Passenger, Lawrence told an interviewer about how when she was filming Hunger Games in Hawaii, she accidentally sent a "sacred" rock tumbling down a mountain... More »

Jennifer Lawrence Chided for Telling 'Whitest Story Ever'

She seems to think it's funny, not so much everyone who watched her tell it

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence is often applauded for her funny, down-to-earth stories, but the one she told on the BBC 's Graham Norton Show over the weekend fell flat, the Guardian reports. Norton asked Lawrence about an incident that occurred while she was filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Hawaii... More »

Shinzo Abe Headed to Pearl Harbor to 'Comfort Souls'

It will be first time a Japanese leader has visited the site in Hawaii

(Newser) - Right after Christmas comes a first for the US: a Japanese leader will visit Pearl Harbor. The Straits Times reports that PM Shinzo Abe will be in Hawaii for two days at the end of December to meet with President Obama, and he'll make a stop at the site... More »

Hawaii Is About to Get 2 Feet of Snow

Mountains could get more than 2 feet

(Newser) - Saturday is going to be a mighty snowy day in Hawaii—but only at the highest elevations. Weather.com reports that a winter storm warning has been issued for peaks including Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island, which could get up to 30 inches of snow. The... 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 »

Women Make History in Big-Wave Surfing Contest

Turquoise ceiling shattered in Hawaii

(Newser) - Charging into violent waves at a Maui surf break known as "Jaws," a group of women made history Friday as they competed for the first time in the World Surf League's big-wave surfing competition. The female competitors paddled into mountains of turquoise water towering more than 30... More »

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 »

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