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Hawaii Residents on Edge as Lava Creeps Closer

Threat level raised from 'watch' to 'warning' as flow comes within mile of houses

(Newser) - Residents in the Ka'ohe Homesteads section on the Big Island of Hawaii are warily watching a lava flow that is slowly sliding their way, with some saying the lava could reach the neighborhood within a week, reports ABC News . The threat level has been raised from "watch" to... More »

Ship Rescues 3 Stranded in Rough Seas Off Hawaii

Sailors safe after Hurricane Julio battered boat

(Newser) - A container ship crew yesterday rescued three men who were stranded in a sailboat off the Hawaiian Islands for about 24 hours as their vessel was battered by Hurricane Julio's 30-foot waves and 115mph winds. The sailors from the 42-foot Walkabout made it onto the Maston Inc. container ship... More »

Hawaii Gov Abercrombie Dumped in Primary Stunner

Incumbent decisively defeated by state senator David Ige

(Newser) - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie had name recognition, history, a 10-to-1 spending advantage, and President Obama's endorsement all on his side in last night's Democratic primary. All of which couldn't save him from a stunning 67% to 32% defeat at the hands of state Sen. David Ige, reports... More »

Hawaii Hit by First Tropical Storm in 22 Years

Iselle weakens as Hurricane Julio gains strength

(Newser) - Hawaii braced overnight for its first hurricane since 1992's Iniki—but Iselle was downgraded to a tropical storm when it was a few dozen miles away from making landfall on the Big Island. It still packed quite a punch with 70 mph winds, however, and has toppled trees and... More »

Rarely Hit, Hawaii Now Braces for 2 Hurricanes

Iselle and Julio to strike tonight and Sunday

(Newser) - Tag-team hurricanes Iselle and Julio will thrash Hawaii in a one-two punch that starts tonight—the first time in 22 years the islands have been directly hit. Category 1 Iselle is expected to maintain 85 mph winds when it makes landfall on the Big Island tonight. It’s "not... More »

Rogue Wave Kills Mom in Maui

Her husband, 2 children witnessed the accident

(Newser) - Flight attendant Wendi Van Briesen was bodysurfing with 13-year-old son Tanner in Maui when a huge wave turned the family's first vacation to Hawaii tragic, knocking her unconscious, shattering two of her vertebrae, and putting her into a coma. Van Briesen's husband, Aaron, and 11-year-old daughter, McKenna, witnessed... More »

Earth's Biggest Volcano Might Be Waking Up

Something's brewing beneath Hawaii's Mauna Loa

(Newser) - Ready to rumble? The world's largest volcano—Hawaii's Mauna Loa—appears to be stirring back to life after a relatively quiet 30 years, geologists say. Don't fret: It isn't about to erupt at any minute, but four separate clusters of smaller earthquakes have been reported under... More »

'Surfer Girl' Model Tried to Run Senior Over: Cops

Jill Hansen charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - A surfer and model is behind bars for allegedly attempting to plow over an elderly woman in Waikiki, Hawaii—and then moving to hit her a second time, according to witnesses. Jill Hansen has been charged with the attempted murder of Elizabeth Conklin, 73, who was hospitalized following the Wednesday... More »

Woman Plunges 150 Ft. in Fatal Zipline Fall

Hawaii accident may revive effort to legislate ziplines

(Newser) - A California woman who recently moved to Maui died Thursday morning when she plunged 150 feet from a zipline, Hawaii News Now reports. Rescuers struggled to find Patricia Rabellizsa, 29, among the vegetation, tree cover, and difficult terrain found in the area of Makawao. "Where the ziplines are, they... More »

How Teen Stowaway Survived in Wheel Well

15-year-old entered hibernation-like state, experts say

(Newser) - The teenage stowaway who made it from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Boeing 767 beat some very long odds to survive, experts say. At 38,000 feet, the boy—who authorities now say is 15, not 16 as earlier reported—had to survive extremely thin air... More »

Hawaii Finally Banning Cops From Sex With Prostitutes

Weird loophole closes, but police can still solicit sex to make arrests

(Newser) - Honolulu police have apparently relented : They have agreed to give up the legal exemption that allows them to have sex with prostitutes. State Sen. Clayton Hee tells the AP that he and police came to a compromise in a meeting yesterday: "Sexual penetration" will be a no-no, but police... More »

Young Mom in Coma After Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Boyfriend: Kristen Tavares 'went into cardiac arrest'

(Newser) - A Hawaii woman went in for routine dental work on Monday but ... didn't wake up. Kristen Tavares, 23, was to have four wisdom teeth removed; during the procedure "she went into cardiac arrest and they had to use a defibrillator and shocked her, stunned her heart," her... More »

Hawaii Cops: Let Us Keep Having Sex With Prostitutes

They want to keep undercover exemption

(Newser) - Cops in Hawaii are fighting to keep what they describe as an important legal protection: Permission to have sex with prostitutes. A state bill cracking down on prostitution originally scrapped an exemption allowing undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes, but it was controversially restored after police testimony, the AP... More »

Woman Tries to Stowaway to Hawaii ... 3 Times

62-year-old goes 0 for 3

(Newser) - A 62-year-old woman in San Francisco wanted to get to Hawaii so badly that she managed to slip through security and actually get aboard a plane on Feb. 15, reports CBS San Franscisco . Trouble is, the person who actually paid for the seat then showed up. Authorities escorted Marilyn Jean... More »

America Has a New Happiest State

Sorry, Hawaii, it's ... North Dakota

(Newser) - What's better than sandy beaches, sunshine, and luaus? Bitter winters and oil drilling, apparently. North Dakota is now the happiest state in the US, LiveScience reports, having taken the crown that Hawaii has worn for the past four years. The 50th state crashed to eighth place, per Gallup's... More »

Pregnant Woman Missing in Hawaii; SUV Was Torched

Her dog, clothes have been found: reports

(Newser) - A private search party is looking for a missing pregnant Hawaii woman whose SUV was found torched two days earlier in a rural area. Carly Scott's mother reported her missing Monday. She told police a family member last saw the 27-year-old redhead Sunday night at her sister's home... More »

5 Big Lakes That Are Disappearing

Blame shifting climate, drought: Smithsonian

(Newser) - Climate change, sinkholes, human water use—the reasons are many, but the result is the same: Lakes across the world have shrunk or disappeared completely, and in the Smithsonian , Sarah Zielinski tells their stories. Among them:
  • It's called the Dead Sea, but it's technically a lake, and it'
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Hiker Saved From Blizzard ... in Hawaii

Alex Sverdlov spent 2 nights trapped on volcano

(Newser) - Park rangers in a helicopter yesterday saved a New York man from the bizarre fate of dying from a Hawaiian snowstorm. Hiker Alex Sverdlov, 36, became stranded when a snowstorm hit, creating blinding white-out conditions as he was descending from the 13,677-foot summit of the Mauna Loa volcano on... More »

Cops Shoot Teen in Wrist at Hawaii School

He reportedly lunged at officer trying to arrest him

(Newser) - A police officer shot a 17-year-old runaway in the wrist at a Hawaiii high school after the teen cut one officer with a knife and punched two others, authorities said. The boy showed up this morning at Roosevelt High School, and officials there recognized him as a runaway who was... More »

Hawaiian Plane Crash Survivor Releases Video

Ferdinand Puentes captured moment plane hit the ocean

(Newser) - Intense video of a Hawaiian plane crash that took place last month has emerged, showing the moments before and after the small plane crashed into the Pacific. It was shot by Ferdinand Puentes, one of the passengers, and captures the moment of impact and ocean water rushing into the cabin.... More »

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