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Family Builds New Home as Lava Consumes Old One

It took them 3 weeks to move their 80 rabbits, goats, chickens, cows, and sheep

(Newser) - The family that lost their rented house to the lava flow creeping its way across Hawaii's Big Island this week just so happens to be pouring the foundation for a new one at the same time. Margaret and John Byrd had lived on the large property with their family... More »

Hawaii Lava Flow Engulfs First Home

It's been inching its way toward evacuated residences since June

(Newser) - Kilauea in Hawaii has been an active volcano since 1983, and it's just claimed its first house. The 2,000-degree Fahrenheit lava flow has been inching its way toward the remote Pahoa village since June, reports CNN , so residents have long since cleared out, catching glimpses of the state... More »

Friend Punches Out Shark to Save Surfer's Life

Brian Wargo says he wasn't about to let shark eat McKenzie Clark in Hawaii waters

(Newser) - Brian Wargo doesn't remember consciously thinking about what he should do when he saw his friend being attacked by a shark—but he obviously took the right course of action, because he likely saved her life. Wargo and McKenzie Clark were surfing off North Kohala on Hawaii's Big... More »

'Miracle' as Hawaii Lava Spares Family's Gravestone

Scientist's chance photo shows Pahoa stone survived

(Newser) - As slow-moving lava approached a cemetery in a rural Hawaii town, Aiko Sato placed flowers at the headstone of the family plot she's tended to over the years, thinking it would be the last time she would see it. "I made peace with myself," Sato said yesterday... More »

Hawaiians Allowed to Watch Lava Destroy Their Homes

Flow is just a few dozen yards from structures

(Newser) - With lava now just yards away , residents of Hawaii's Big Island can only watch helplessly as the unstoppable flow of molten rock destroys their homes—but at least the state is letting them do that. Officials say that arrangements will be made for people who live in the path... More »

Hawaiians Ready to Bolt as Lava Creeps Nearer

Flow from Kilauea volcano moving 30-45 feet per hour

(Newser) - Lava from a Hawaiian volcano is headed toward homes and businesses, and residents on Hawaii's Big Island are under instructions to be ready to evacuate by tomorrow. The molten lava from the Kilauea volcano is moving at about 30 to 45 feet per hour, the AP reports. During the... More »

Evidence of 'Monster' Tsunami Found in Hawaii

Study: Marine deposits in sinkhole found in late '90s came from massive wave

(Newser) - The largest tsunami in Hawaii's recorded history struck in 1946. Now, scientists have uncovered evidence that they say indicates the 8-foot wall of water was dwarfed by one as much as 30 feet high that came centuries before. The discovery of the Makauwahi sinkhole on Kauai in the late... More »

Hawaii Drops Plan to Name Beach After Obama

Public wasn't thrilled about Sandy Beach renaming

(Newser) - The Hawaiian beach where a young Barack Obama bodysurfed is keeping its name after a plan to name it President Barack Obama Sandy Beach Park instead of Sandy Beach Park met with what officials say was a "mixed" reception from the public. "Most of the comments have raised... More »

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 »

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