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Tourists Returning 'Cursed' Lava Rocks to Hawaii Volcano

Thousands of stolen rocks are sitting in a pile in Hawaii

(Newser) - It may seem like a harmless souvenir, tucking a lava rock from the Big Island into your pocket. But many tourists apparently believe that Hawaiian memento comes with weighty baggage: a curse warning that Pele, the volcano goddess, will have her revenge. The Wall Street Journal reports that hundreds of... More »

New Hope for Families Trying to Hold Onto Slice of Paradise

Hawaiian legislature passes bill to make it easier to inherit land

(Newser) - The Hawaiian legislature just voted to make it easier for Hawaiians to pass down land to future generations by lessening the required percentage of native Hawaiian blood, West Hawaii Today reports. By 1919, the native Hawaiian population had shrunk by more than 650,000 due to a century and a... More »

Dad Won't Give Up Toddler's Seat, Delta Kicks Family Off Flight

Brian Schear refused to give up paid-for seat for different child on overbooked flight

(Newser) - "Did you know that the safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system (CRS) or device, not on your lap?" That's per the FAA , but Delta ordered a California family to go the lap route as they returned from a... More »

Dad Reveals Location of Son's Body— 20 Years Later

Peter Kema Jr. disappeared in 1997

(Newser) - The father of a boy who became the face of a Hawaii campaign for missing and abused children after his 1997 disappearance rode in a van with police and prosecutors last weekend, leading them to the site where he says he dumped his dead son's remains. Peter Kema Sr.... More »

Sessions Calls Hawaii Just 'an Island in the Pacific'

AG says he's 'amazed' a judge in Hawaii can stop Trump's travel ban

(Newser) - “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” CNN quotes Jeff Sessons as saying in a radio interview this... More »

Honeymooners in Maui Return Home With Rat Parasite

'Like somebody was taking a hot knife and just stabbing me'

(Newser) - On the surface, it was the best of times. Ben Manilla, 64, and Eliza Lape, 57, eloped during a trip to Maui in January, a time Lape calls "a perfect two weeks," reports Maui News . But underneath, it was the worst of times, as a rat parasite was... More »

Brain-Infecting Worm Booming in Popular Vacation Destination

Sharp uptick in cases of rat lungworm disease on Maui

(Newser) - A parasitic worm that infects people's brains is turning up more frequently on Maui, and Hawaiian officials are getting worried. "It’s like having a slow-moving bullet go through your brain," says state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, per the AP , explaining the effects of rat lungworm disease.... More »

Hawaii Judge Rules Again on Trump's New Travel Ban

US District Judge Derrick Watson issues longer-lasting order

(Newser) - A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. US District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii's request to extend his temporary hold, the AP reports. Several hours... More »

Best and Worst US States for Women

Say aloha to Hawaii, ladies

(Newser) - Women often wear pink when they're demonstrating for equal rights, but they may want to swap that out for a rainbow-colored lei instead. MoveHub looked at a variety of factors—including a state's gender pay gap, educational equality, and documented instances of violence against women—to determine which... More »

Old-School Training for US Soldiers: Jungle Warfare

Army post in Hawaii puts soldiers through paces in tough rainforest environment

(Newser) - The Army soldiers finished wading across a stream in a Hawaiian rainforest, their boots and socks waterlogged, their clothes, hair, and ears caked with mud. The soldiers were training at the first jungle school the US Army has established in decades, designed to train for exercises and potential combat on... More »

Judge Who Halted Trump Travel Ban Is Native Hawaiian

Lawyers say Watson is 'super fair'

(Newser) - The judge who halted President Trump's revised travel ban is the only Native Hawaiian serving on the federal bench. US District Judge Derrick Kahala Watson, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and confirmed by the Senate with a 94-0 vote, is the fourth Native Hawaiian... More »

Judge in Hawaii Blocks Trump's New Travel Ban

The ruling came just hours before new executive order set to take effect

(Newser) - A federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Trump's revised travel ban just hours before it was set to go into effect across the country, the Washington Post reports. Hawaii had filed a lawsuit over the new executive order, which halted visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority nations for 90... More »

Now Playing Everywhere: These Mountains

Kualoa Ranch is a Hollywood favorite

(Newser) - Kualoa Ranch is one of those places that few have visited but many have seen—currently a 100-foot-tall beast is rampaging through it as Kong: Skull Island pays across the big screen, notes Radio Times . A privately owned nature reserve on Hawaii's island of Oahu about 25 miles outside... More »

Trump's New Travel Ban Gets First Legal Challenge

Hawaii seeking temporary restraining order

(Newser) - Hawaii is about to become the first state to challenge President Trump's revised travel ban , which bars travelers from Muslim-majority nations Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen for 90 days and bars all refugees for 120 days. In a motion to be filed Wednesday, lawyers for the state... More »

Professor: Teach College Courses in Hawaiian

He urges University of Hawaii to offer a curriculum in native language

(Newser) - A University of Hawaii professor is working to get an entire curriculum at the university taught in Hawaiian to supplement the language courses taught to children across the state, reports AP . About 3,000 students in preschool through high school are involved in Hawaiian language immersion programs statewide, associate professor... More »

7 States With Most Unsheltered Homeless

California has double the national average

(Newser) - An estimated 31% of the 549,928 homeless people in the US last year were living without a roof over their heads, meaning they did not stay in shelters or other housing programs, reports 24/7 Wall St . But the percentage in California, home to 21% of all homeless people in... More »

Zuckerberg Drops Hawaii Lawsuits: 'We Made a Mistake'

He plans to work on 'better approach' with Kauai locals

(Newser) - After disclosing that he was reconsidering the move , Mark Zuckerberg has completely dropped lawsuits intended to force Hawaiian locals to sell him land. Zuckerberg bought a 700-acre property on Kauai for $100 million in 2014 and had been using a process called "quiet title" to try to acquire "... More »

Zuckerberg Rethinking Forced Hawaii Land Sale

He says he wants to respect tradition

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg is rethinking his attempt to force locals in Hawaii to sell him their land after "feedback from the local community." The Facebook CEO had been trying to acquire 14 small plots of land within his 700-acre property on Kauai through a process known as quiet title,... More »

Zuckerberg Sues to Force Hawaii Locals to Sell Land He Wants

Facebook founder's secluded estate not entirely secluded

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg would like his $100 million, 700-acre beachfront property in Kauai to house a secluded estate . The problem: Almost a dozen parcels within those 700 acres are technically owned by Hawaii-born families, meaning they have the right to be on the property. Unless Zuck gets his way—the Facebook... More »

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 »

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