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Woman's GoPro Captures Terrifying Fall Over Edge of Waterfall

Fortunately, Heather Friesen survived the experience in Hawaii

(Newser) - Heather Friesen was peering over the side of a Hawaii waterfall when she went just a little too far, slipped on a wet spot, and fell more than 50 feet—and the GoPro camera strapped to her head was recording the whole time. The resulting video is difficult to watch,... More »

Hike Should Have Been Easy for Him. He Never Returned

Kyle Brittain is missing in Hawaii

(Newser) - Kyle Brittain has been hiking since age 3; at just 8 years old, he hiked Yosemite's challenging Half Dome. So, NBC News reports, the "relatively easy" hike on Hawaii's Big Island that the 27-year-old set out on Aug. 30 shouldn't have been a challenge for him.... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

Protesters Vow to Stop Giant Hawaii Telescope

They say it is being built on sacred land

(Newser) - Protesters vowed Monday to continue demonstrating against the construction of a giant telescope on top of a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred after they spent the day blocking the road to the project site. About a dozen elders, or kupuna, sat in chairs at the start of the road... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

On Sacred Hawaii Peak, Science Wins a Clash With Religion

Thirty Meter Telescope project gets go-ahead after years of legal battles

(Newser) - After years of protests and legal battles, a massive telescope that will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on Mauna Kea, a Hawaiian volcano that some consider sacred. The state announced a "notice to proceed" for the Thirty Meter... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

Unwashed Produce May Have Led to Rat Lungworm Parasite

Hawaii has 5 cases so far this year

(Newser) - Rat lungworm disease has again reared its ugly head in Hawaii, specifically the Big Island, where five people have fallen ill this year. None are quite sure how they were infected with the parasitic worm, though one traveler recalls "eating many homemade salads" on a trip, while another had... More »

Search for 2nd Missing Maui Hiker Ends in Tragedy

Body of Noah 'Kekai' Mina discovered below steep ridge near where Amanda Eller was rescued

(Newser) - Heartbreak from the family of a lost hiker in Maui follows jubilation from another . The body of 35-year-old local Noah "Kekai" Mina, missing since May 20, was recovered by a helicopter crew Wednesday in the summit region of Mauna Kahalawai, reports NBC News . That's just 18 miles from... More »

Lost Hawaii Hiker Doesn't Recommend Sleeping in Mud

'It's very cold and it doesn't warm up'

(Newser) - "Follow your heart" is often good advice—but so is "bring a compass." Amanda Eller, the Hawaii woman rescued after 17 days lost in dense forest, shared more details of her ordeal Tuesday, and confirmed that she had brought neither a cellphone nor a compass on what... More »

Shark Kills Hawaii Swimmer

'His entire left leg from his knee down was just missing'

(Newser) - A 65-year-old man was killed Saturday morning in America's first fatal shark attack of 2019—and the first in Hawaii since 2015. Authorities say the visitor from California was attacked around 8:30am while swimming 60 yards off Maui's Kaanapali Beach, CNN reports. Witnesses say the man was... More »

Lost Hiker 'Had to Choose. I Chose Life'

Amanda Eller talks about her 17-day odyssey lost in Hawaii

(Newser) - Somewhere in the midst of a three-mile hike in Hawaii that turned into a 17-day "fight for her life," as the New York Times puts it, Amanda Eller says that "it came down to life and death—and I had to choose. I chose life," she... More »

16 Days After Vanishing in Maui Forest, an 'Urgent Update'

Amanda Eller, 35, has been found in Maui 'in remarkably good shape'

(Newser) - "URGENT UPDATE!" reads the most recent post on the "Amanda Ellers Missing" Facebook page —and that update is that she's no longer missing. The 35-year-old, who vanished 16 days ago while hiking on Maui's Kahakapao Trail, was found alive, with minor injuries, Friday in... More »

Soldier Climbs Over Railing, Falls Into Volcano

32-year-old survived, landing on narrow ledge in Kilauea caldera

(Newser) - The chief ranger of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is warning visitors to "never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges," after a soldier did just that—and fell into the Kilauea volcano's caldera. The 32-year-old, reportedly on the Big Island for training exercises, had... More »

Where No One Will Go, Drone Makes Stunning Find

The 'Hibiscadelphus woodii' was considered extinct

(Newser) - A drone hovering near a Hawaiian cliff face spotted something the world considered gone: a flower. And it wasn't even in bloom. In January, drone flyer Ben Nyberg noticed three Hibiscadelphus woodii plants on a cliff where specialists are known to rappel down vertical faces for threatened plant species,... More »

Hawaii Scrambles to Save Its Iconic Beach

Recent high tides suggest Waikiki Beach is in trouble

(Newser) - Hawaii's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets, the AP reports. Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation... More »

This Isn't Just a Black Hole. It's 'Powehi'

A Hawaiian name is given in honor of its contribution

(Newser) - "As soon as he said it, I nearly fell off my chair." That was the reaction from the deputy director of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. It's one of two telescopes on Mauna Kea that was used to produce the first-ever image of... More »

Hawaii Moves to Ban Restaurant Plastic

'Our state can once again take the lead in protecting our environment'

(Newser) - Hawaii would be the first state in the US to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of cities across the country have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii's measure would make it the first to do... More »

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