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Oops: Photo Reveals Password at Hawaii Emergency HQ

Yes, the same office that sent out the bogus missile alert

(Newser) - The emergency warning officer who accidentally sent Hawaii an incoming missile alert has been receiving death threats and is "not doing well," says the executive officer of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Toby Clairmont tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the employee, a 10-year agency veteran, has received "... More »

Hawaii: Employee Sent False Missile Alert With 2 Clicks

Worker has been 'temporarily reassigned'

(Newser) - After Saturday morning's missile scare , Hawaii says it's changing procedures so that it's no longer possible for an employee to accidentally terrify the entire state with two clicks of a mouse. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi explained Sunday that the inbound missile alert was sent... More »

Sheriff Joe Uses Hawaii's Text Error to Renew Birther Claims

'There's something wrong with that government,' says the Senate candidate

(Newser) - Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, now a candidate for Senate , used the massive text-alert gaffe in Hawaii over a nonexistent missile to dredge up the controversy over President Obama's birth certificate. "There's something wrong with that government," Arpaio said of Hawaii, per ABC News . "I know... More »

Hawaii's Missile Scare: 'The System Failed Miserably'

FCC says it will investigate what went wrong

(Newser) - "This system failed miserably and we need to start over." Those are the words of Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz in the wake of a false alarm broadcast Saturday warning residents of an incoming missile . The FCC apparently agrees and says it will open an investigation into the incident,... More »

Hawaii Officials Mistakenly Warn of Incoming Missile

'Seek immediate shelter; this is not a drill'

(Newser) - A tourist in Waikiki tells Hawaii News Now it was "the biggest fright of my life." On Saturday, residents and visitors in Hawaii got an emergency alert on their phones reading, in all caps, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a... More »

These States Have Made Most Racial Progress

Wyoming, Texas, and Georgia are the top 3

(Newser) - Black History Month is fast approaching, and while much progress has been made since Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, discrimination, segregation, and systemic racism still remain. WalletHub wanted to acknowledge the US states that have made strides in both current integration and racial... More »

Longtime Friends in Hawaii Are Closer Than They Thought

After a 60-year friendship, Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane learn they're brothers

(Newser) - They've been buddies for six decades now, ever since meeting in sixth grade, but it turns out that two Hawaii men are even closer than they thought. Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane are, in fact, brothers, reports KHON2 . The discovery came when Macfarlane used Ancestry.com to look up... More »

2 Charged in Horrific Murder of Hawaii Teacher

She was killed in vacation home she was cleaning

(Newser) - Two suspects have been arrested in the horrific murder of a teacher in Hawaii who was cleaning vacation homes for extra income. Police say the body of 51-year-old Telma Boinville was found inside a vacation rental in Pupukea on Oahu's North Shore Thursday. She had been beaten to death,... More »

Lava Kept Rolling. So Did His Camera

Erik Storm recalls his '$400 mistake' in Hawaii, but the footage is mesmerizing

(Newser) - Placed in a crevice at Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park, the camera recorded a lava flow drawing near, nearer, and then too near. In the video , sudden flames spout at the bottom of the screen before obstructing the view as the GoPro Hero4 is swallowed. A year after the video... More »

Couple Swept Away in Hawaii River

Gladys Novinger dead, husband still missing

(Newser) - Tragedy struck on a trip to Hawaii that was meant to be an early Christmas present from former US diplomat George Novinger to his wife, Gladys. The prominent San Diego couple were swept away Saturday as they tried to cross the Wailuku River above Rainbow Falls in a state park... More »

5 Most, Least Charitable States

Utah is first, Hawaii dead last in WalletHub ranking of most giving states

(Newser) - Americans celebrated #GivingTuesday the day after Cyber Monday (and several days of other discounted holiday shopping ), reminding us to keep in mind those in need. That effort can come in the form of both money and time spent volunteering, both of which WalletHub tracked to see which US states... More »

Hawaii Resumes Procedure Not Seen Since Cold War

You can thank Kim Jong Un

(Newser) - "If anybody told me four or five months ago we would be doing this, I would have said you are crazy." And yet the administrator for Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency says the state will resume testing Cold War-era nuclear attack sirens warning residents to "get inside,... More »

'Dangerous Individual' Escapes to Chartered Plane

Hawaii killer wasn't reported missing for 8 hours

(Newser) - A dangerous Hawaii psychiatric patient who escaped a state hospital and flew to California before being captured Wednesday has prompted an investigation into why employees appeared to fail to do their jobs. Dr. Virginia Pressler, director of the Hawaii Department of Health, says an internal inquiry indicated that workers inadvertently... More »

Trump Visits Pearl Harbor En Route to Asia

Trump, Melania left flowers at USS Arizona

(Newser) - President Trump paid a solemn visit to the memorial at Pearl Harbor Friday, a sacred journey for a commander-in-chief about to depart on an Asia trip that will be shadowed by fears of another international conflict. Trump saluted after entering the USS Arizona memorial following a short boat ride with... More »

Bizarre Twist in Case of 2 Women Lost at Sea

They never used their emergency beacon

(Newser) - The story of two women from Hawaii rescued after being lost at sea for five months is beginning to seem incredible—as in difficult to believe. After they were picked up by the USS Ashland 900 miles southeast of Japan last week, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava said they faced... More »

Judge Gives 'Nasty' Texter a Writing Assignment

Daren Young has to come up with 144 compliments for his former girlfriend

(Newser) - A judge on the Hawaiian island of Maui has handed down an unorthodox sentence to a man who pleaded no contest to violating a protection order preventing him from contacting his ex-girlfriend. Judge Rhonda Loo ordered Daren Young on Friday to write 144 compliments about his ex-girlfriend, in response to... More »

As of Today, You Can't Do This Anymore on Honolulu Streets

No more looking at phones, electronic devices while crossing; fine will go up to $99

(Newser) - Visiting Honolulu? Better get out of the habit of texting while walking, or at least while walking across a street. In a new law that took effect Wednesday, the Hawaiian city has banned looking at your phone (or any mobile electronic device) while crossing a street or highway. Anyone who... More »

Only in Hawaii: Stores Forced to Increase Spam Security

Thieves are making off with cases of the canned meat

(Newser) - It's no secret that Hawaii can't get enough Spam—the Washington Post reports Hawaii residents eat five million tons of the canned meat every year—but this is ridiculous. After a series of brazen Spam heists, the Honolulu Civil Beat found Spam at a Walmart in Kalihi under... More »

Latest Version of Trump Travel Ban Dealt Blow

Hawaii judge blocks it

(Newser) - A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from enforcing its latest travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect, saying the president's revised order "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor." It was the third set of travel restrictions... More »

Milo Yiannopoulos Says He Married Boyfriend

He posts photos of Hawaii wedding to mystery man

(Newser) - Alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos says he married his boyfriend in Hawaii over the weekend—but he hasn't disclosed his husband's identity. In photos the former Breitbart editor shared on Instagram , only Yiannopoulos' face is clearly visible, reports the Root , which quips: "If you were a black man,... More »

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