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Hawaii Tourists Follow GPS Straight Into Harbor

They were rescued, uninjured

(Newser) - Here's your annual PSA reminding you that you can't always trust your GPS: Two tourists trying to find a manta ray tour on the big island Saturday night followed their GPS straight into the water. They had to be rescued after their Dodge Caravan went down the boat...

After Shooting, Hawaii Plans to Crack Down on Cockfights

5 were shot, 2 fatally after fight early Saturday

(Newser) - Police in Hawaii have vowed to step up illegal gambling enforcement after one of the most serious shootings in state history called attention to the dangers that come with cockfighting, which has deep roots in the islands and remains popular despite being illegal. The shooting early Saturday in a rural...

Surfer Attacked by Shark in Honolulu
Shark Attacks
Surfer in Honolulu

Shark Attacks Surfer in Honolulu

Man, 58, is in serious condition

(Newser) - A surfer was in serious condition after being bitten in the leg by a shark Sunday morning off Honolulu, authorities said. The 58-year-old man was attacked shortly before 7am near Kewalo Basin, according to Honolulu Emergency Medical Services. Paramedics responded and “administered life-saving treatment to a patient who was...

33 Swimmers Accused of Harassing Hawaii Dolphins

They've been referred to law enforcement

(Newser) - Hawaii authorities on Tuesday say they have referred 33 people to US law enforcement after the group allegedly harassed a pod of wild dolphins in waters off the Big Island, the AP reports. It's against federal law to swim within 50 yards of spinner dolphins in Hawaii’s nearshore...

Couple: Snorkeling Tour Boat Left Us Behind in Open Ocean
Snorkeling Tour Boat
Allegedly Left Couple
Behind in Open Ocean

Snorkeling Tour Boat Allegedly Left Couple Behind in Open Ocean

They say they had to swim to the nearest shore, Lanai

(Newser) - When Elizabeth Webster and Alexander Burckle set out from Maui on a snorkeling trip during their honeymoon in 2021, they were probably expecting a bit of an adventure—but not to be left behind at sea. That's what the California couple says happened, and they're now suing the...

This Is the Best US State for Women

Vermont is No. 1, while Oklahoma comes in last in WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - It's Women's History Month , and what better way to celebrate the occasion than to offer some leads on tracking down the best places for women to live. WalletHub has done much of the legwork, looking at more than two dozen metrics for all 50 states and DC in...

Woman's Close Encounter With Boulder Has Hearts Pounding

Giant rock came crashing through her Oahu home, narrowly missing her

(Newser) - A woman on the Hawaiian island of Oahu got a most terrifying welcome to her new home. Caroline Sasaki was walking into the living room over the weekend when a huge crash shocked her and her family members: A 5-by-5-foot boulder had barreled down a hill and right through the...

Bizarre 'Whirlpool' Appears in Hawaii's Night Sky

Strange sight apparently caused by launch of a SpaceX rocket

(Newser) - A telescope in Hawaii captured the strangest of sights: an unearthly-looking whirlpool of light spinning in the night sky. (See for yourself in this video .) Alas, Live Science quickly obliterates the magical mystery: "It turns out the stunning spiral was comprised of frozen rocket fuel that was ejected...

Judge: Release Man Imprisoned for 1991 Murder 'Immediately'

With new evidence, 'a prosecutor would likely not even arrest Mr. Schweitzer for this crime'

(Newser) - A judge on Tuesday ordered a man released from prison immediately after his attorneys presented new evidence and argued that he didn’t commit the crimes he was convicted of and spent more than 20 years locked up for: the 1991 murder, kidnapping, and sexual assault of a woman visiting...

On His Breaks, Lifeguard Wins Big-Wave Competition

Luke Shepardson takes title at Eddie Aikau Invitational, then returns to tower

(Newser) - Other people might call or text friends when they're on a work break, or grab a coffee, or find something to eat. Luke Shepardson managed to win the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational while on duty Sunday as a Honolulu lifeguard, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. His supervisor allowed...

Suspected Russian Spy Ship Hanging Out by Hawaii

Coast Guard has been monitoring the vessel, also spotted in the area in April, for weeks

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard has for weeks been monitoring what is believed to be a Russian spy ship off the coast of Hawaii. The USCG described what is "believed to be an intelligence gathering ship" in a Wednesday news release, which was accompanied by video footage of the vessel....

Missing Fisherman's Last Words: 'This Fish Is Huge'

Mark Knittle's friend says he hooked the fish, then went overboard

(Newser) - Rescuers searched for a third day Tuesday for a Hawaii fisherman who went overboard from a boat after hooking a tuna over the weekend, authorities said. Mark Knittle, 63, of Captain Cook, was fishing with a friend off Honaunau on the Big Island on Sunday around 5am when he hooked...

Here Are the Worst States in America for Drivers

And the best, per WalletHub's ranking, which puts Hawaii in last place

(Newser) - Whether we get behind the wheel for leisurely cruising, for our daily commutes, or to take care of errands, American drivers have long contended with traffic, potholes, fluctuating gas prices, and the other annoyances. WalletHub wanted to see which states were better to drive in than others, and it looked...

Woman Missing After Possible Shark Attack
In Hawaii, a 2nd
Shark Attack in 5 Days

In Hawaii, a 2nd Shark Attack in 5 Days

Man is recovering after bite to the rear; search has ended for other presumed victim

(Newser) - A man in Hawaii has reportedly survived a shark bite to the butt in what's believed to be the second attack in the state in a week. The 68-year-old from Waikoloa used a diving knife to fend off the 12-foot-long tiger shark as he swam in Anaehoomalu Bay, on...

Her Wife by Her Side, Hawaii's 'Last Princess' Dies

Abigail Kawananakoa, 96, descended from royal family that first ruled islands, Irish businessman

(Newser) - Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawananakoa, the so-called last Hawaiian princess whose lineage included the royal family that once ruled the islands and an Irish businessman who became one of Hawaii's largest landowners, died on Sunday. She was 96. Her death was announced Monday morning outside Iolani Palace, America's only...

Whale Makes 'Amazing' but Heartbreaking Journey

Humpback with broken back made 3.1K-mile trek from Canada to Hawaii but likely won't live long

(Newser) - It's a story both inspiring and heartbreaking, and one that marine wildlife experts have been monitoring with admiration and deep concern. For at least the last decade, a humpback whale named Moon has been on the radar of scientists at the Fin Island whale research station off of British...

These Wasps Love Planes, Could Bring Them Down

Airports employing insecticide, Pitot tube covers to deter keyhole wasp nests

(Newser) - There are numerous examples of birds colliding with planes in incidents that prove deadly for human passengers, hence why airports use various methods to deter fowl. Now, several airports are working to deter a smaller, airborne pest that also proves a deadly threat: wasps. As the Wall Street Journal reports,...

A Sleeping Giant Awakes, With Plenty of Spectators

Lava is flowing from Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano, now erupting after a 38-year sleep

(Newser) - The world's largest volcano oozed rivers of glowing lava Wednesday, drawing thousands of awestruck viewers who jammed a Hawaii highway that could soon be covered by the flow. Mauna Loa awoke from its 38-year slumber Sunday, causing volcanic ash and debris to drift down from the sky. A main...

World's Largest Active Volcano Erupts for First Time Since '84

Hawaii's Mauna Loa breaks its silence

(Newser) - Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano has erupted for the first time in nearly four decades, reports NBC News . The eruption at the world's largest active volcano—the first one since 1984—began about about 11:30pm Sunday, according to the US Geological Survey. So far, the eruption is contained...

Hawaii: People Living Near Volcano Should Prepare 'Go Bag'

There are ominous signs at Mauna Loa

(Newser) - Hawaii officials are warning residents of the Big Island that the world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, is sending signals that it may erupt. Scientists say an eruption isn’t imminent, but they are on alert because of a recent spike in earthquakes at the volcano’s summit. Experts...

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