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He Thought He'd Lost His Board Forever. Then, an Instagram Tag

Doug Falter's surfboard, lost in wipeout in Hawaii in 2018, turns up 5K miles away

(Newser) - Filipino Giovanne Branzuela was pretty stoked over the summer to buy a weathered-looking surfboard for $40 from a neighbor, who'd purchased it from local fishermen who'd found it floating off the island of Sarangani. They'd figured it had fallen from a yacht cruising in the area. Branzuela...

Oahu Is Shutting Down Again as Cases Explode

2-week order starts Thursday

(Newser) - Over the past four weeks Hawaii's coronavirus cases have jumped from just 1,688 since the start of the pandemic to 6,700, and the governor is taking a big step to get those numbers headed back in the right direction. "In March and April, we were successful...

America's Worst Rate of Spread Isn't in Texas or Florida

Hawaii has highest reproduction rate in the country at 1.6

(Newser) - Officials are repeating the now-familiar advice to wear masks and maintain distance in Hawaii, which now has the highest rate of spread of COVID-19 in the country. Hawaii's reproduction rate stands at 1.6, meaning every infected person spreads the virus to 1.6 others on average, per Hawaii...

Tourist in Hawaii Arrested After Posting Selfies

NYC's Tarique Peters didn't quarantine himself for 14 days when he got to Oahu, as required

(Newser) - As the Daily Beast puts it, "Hawaii is not messing around" when it comes to tourists in the age of COVID-19. A 23-year-old New York City man found that out the hard way after he flouted the state's 14-day lockdown requirement for anyone coming in from outside of...

Fatal Plane Crash Stuns Hawaii

The plane was operated by a skydiving company

(Newser) - A skydiving plane crashed and burst into flames just after takeoff from a small seaside airfield on the island of Oahu, killing 11 people, officials said Saturday. Authorities initially reported that nine people died in the crash Friday evening and that three of them were customers of a skydiving company...

Family Waited as They Flew Off for a Skydive. Then, 'Terrible Tragedy'

Twin-engine plane crashes in Oahu, all 9 on board perish

(Newser) - A twin-engine skydiving plane took off Friday evening for a "sunset tandem" flight, but it never made it back to loved ones waiting on the ground. Per NBC News , officials say the plane—reported by Hawaii News Now to be a Beechcraft King Air 65 run by the Oahu...

Hiker's Last Words: 'Don't Get the Hat. Let Me Get It'

Nathan Stowell is latest to die on Oahu's Mount Olomana

(Newser) - "I thought it was a sick April Fools' joke." But Lexis Sweeney's Easter Sunday nightmare had no punchline. Sweeney's brother, Nathan Stowell, fell about 400 feet to his death Sunday while hiking on Mount Olomana in east Oahu. Stowell, who moved to Hawaii from Arizona five...

Army Helicopter Goes Down Off Hawaii With 5 Aboard

Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean

(Newser) - US Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean off Hawaii for five crew members of an Army helicopter that reportedly went down during a training exercise, authorities said Wednesday. Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu reported losing communications around 10pm Tuesday with the crew of a UH-60...

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...

Dad Dies Trying to Save Drowning Daughter in Hawaii

'He jumped in and tried to save her'

(Newser) - A father died trying to rescue his drowning daughter Saturday in Hawaii, CBS News reports. Six-year-old Mina Hornor of Berkeley, California, was walking along the rocks at the Makapuu Tide Pools on Oahu when she fell in the ocean. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says she was knocked into the water by...

3 Fishermen Vanish Off Oahu

Their overturned boat was found Monday

(Newser) - The Coast Guard is searching for three men whose fishing boat overturned off Oahu's North Shore. Authorities say Jensen Loo, Clint Oshima, and Derek Tomas—all aged 30—left Haleiwa around 5:45am Sunday and were to return by 5pm. The Coast Guard was alerted when the men still...

Dramatic Rescue After Pro-Surfer Goes Under at Deadly Spot

Body-boarder Andre Botha pulled unconscious man to surface

(Newser) - Florida pro surfer Evan Geiselman, 22, was riding a 20-foot wave at Hawaii's Pipeline—one of the world's deadliest surfing spots—on Sunday when he disappeared as the lip curled over him. The Pipeline off Oahu's North Shore delivers breakers that can force a surfer underwater until...

Women's Suit: Kiss Got Us Arrested, Stranded in Hawaii

A vacation in Hawaii turned into a forced six-month stay on Oahu after a kiss

(Newser) - When Courtney Wilson and her girlfriend Taylor Guerrero visited Hawaii from California for the first time on vacation last March, they didn't realize they were about to be trapped on Oahu for six months. But on their second day, they went grocery shopping at Foodland Pupukea—and "we...

'Ghost Ship' Found Half-Mile Below Surface of Pacific

The former cable ship Dickenson was torpedoed in 1946

(Newser) - A torpedo sent the USS Kailua to a watery grave off the coast of Oahu in 1946. Nearly seven decades later, a small submersible vehicle last year discovered the surprisingly intact "ghost" ship, the University of Hawaii announced Friday. The former cable ship Dickenson was instrumental in Pacific communications...

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...

Hawaii's Mountainous Oahu Will Someday Be Flat

Check back in about 2 million years

(Newser) - Hawaii's island of Oahu is renowned for its mountainous vistas, but someday it's going to be flat as a pancake, or at least as flat as Midway. So say researchers from Brigham Young University in a new study, reports UPI . The big factor isn't what you might...

Third of Hawaii Albatross Colony Is 'Lesbian'

Female couples incubate eggs, raise chicks

(Newser) - The good news is that mates in a famous Hawaiian albatross colony are faithful for life. The more interesting news is that one third of those couples are female only. "They were supposed to be icons of monogamy. But I wouldn't assume that what you're looking at is a...

Warm Welcome for Obamas in Hawaii

First family in Oahu for Christmas vacation

(Newser) - People carrying cameras, dogs and children lined the streets along the road as the president, first lady and their daughters came to the island of Oahu for a more-than-weeklong vacation yesterday. A crowd of about 75 military servicemen and women and Hawaii politicians greeted Air Force One when it landed...

Lights Out for Obama in Oahu Power Outage

800,000 lose power during storm; Prez-elect gets generator

(Newser) - The Hawaiian island of Oahu lost power during heavy rain and lightning last night, leaving the population of 800,000 and thousands of tourists, including vacationing President-elect Obama and his family, in the dark. Authorities advised residents to stay home and to conserve water. Hawaiian Electric Co. took an emergency...

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