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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 »

Shark Kills Woman Snorkeling in Hawaii

Fatal attack is state's 4th in 20 years

(Newser) - Hawaii appears to have seen its first deadly shark attack of the year. A 65-year-old woman was killed while snorkeling off the southwest coast of Maui yesterday morning, and county officials say she suffered injuries to her upper torso consistent with a shark attack, NBC News reports. She had been... More »

Dad Tased After Flying Drone at Park

Travis Sanders says he didn't know flying tiny 'aircraft' was illegal

(Newser) - Travis Sanders expected a fun night when he took his family to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday. But things took an unexpected turn when the 35-year-old Pahoa resident was Tased by a park ranger and arrested after sending up a 3-inch quadcopter drone to take video of the... More »

Rescued Hawaii Fisherman Lost at Sea Again

And this time, Ron Ingraham doesn't have a boat

(Newser) - For the second time in five months, the Coast Guard has suspended a search for Hawaii fisherman Ron Ingraham. The first time came in December, but Ingraham turned up more than a week later —alive and uninjured, living to tell a tale of eating raw fish to stay alive... More »

Hawaiian King's Treasures Home After 191 Years

Smithsonian returns more than 1K artifacts belonging to King Kamehameha II

(Newser) - A shipwreck hunter describes it as the first luxury ocean-going yacht built in the US, one that reportedly hit a shallow reef in April 1824, when everyone on board—save, perhaps, the captain—may have been drunk. Though no one is recorded to have died, the 83-foot ship, which belonged... More »

Hot Rumor: Obama Could End Up in Magnum, PI Digs

Friend Marty Nesbitt has purchased the Hawaiian residence

(Newser) - After the White House, where will President Obama be spending his time? Locals along Hawaii's Waimanalo Beach wonder if he might be joining them, KHON reports. A house in the area has just been sold for $8.7 million—and it's already famous, regardless of the buyer. It... More »

Humpback Caught in Net for Week Finally Free

Hawaii crew cut 45-foot whale free

(Newser) - Officials say a 45-ton humpback whale entangled with fishing line in Hawaii waters for more than a week is finally free. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary said yesterday that its craft got within 10 feet of the mammal a day earlier and the crew used a pole... More »

America Has a New 'Happiest' State

It's beautiful Alaska

(Newser) - Dark horse Alaska has come from behind to claim the title of the happiest state in the US, LiveScience reports. Snagging the designation from 2013 winner North Dakota, Alaska—which didn't even make the top 10 in 2013—topped Gallup's Well-Being Index in 2014 for the first time... More »

Obama Spent Last Day of Vacation With Rock Star

Visited with Eddie Vedder on Saturday afternoon

(Newser) - President Obama is back in DC after a two-week Hawaii vacation, and one detail of how he spent his 15th day in paradise is grabbing a few headlines: In addition to beach time and a visit to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (his mother's father is buried... More »

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