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Airliner Plunged, Stopping Just Above Ocean Off Hawaii

FAA investigates Southwest flight after first officer's error

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines pilot inadvertently sent a Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 into a plunge off the coast of Hawaii, dropping at a rate of more than 4,000 feet per minute before the flight crew pulled the plane up. A Southwest memo to pilots said the airliner came within...

Millions of Altered Mosquitoes Could Save Hawaii's Birds

Incompatible insect technique aims to limit disease-carrying insects on Maui

(Newser) - Ten million mosquitoes have been released over the Hawaiian island of Maui at a rate of 250,000 per week. Believe it or not, this isn't an effort to deter tourists, but rather one to save endangered birds. Many Hawaiian honeycreepers are disappearing due to avian malaria, a disease...

Tourists Risk Arrest for Last Chance on Hawaii Trail

Famed Ha'iku Stairs in Oahu are coming down

(Newser) - For tourists using Instagram to guide their travels, a sojourn for one last shot at visiting the famous Ha'iku Stairs in Oahu could come with a hefty price. The days are numbered for Honolulu's famous selfie spot, and CNN reports that tourists are flocking there hoping to grab...

Hawaii Lawmakers Approve Official State Gesture

Bill recognizes state as 'birthplace of the shaka'

(Newser) - Stick out your thumb and pinky, curl the other fingers down, and you've got a shaka, which is about to become America's first official state hand gesture. Hawaii legislators have passed a bill to recognize the shaka and it is on its way to the desk of Gov....

Guess Which US State Isn't Covered by NATO?

Hawaii, the 50th state to be folded into US isn't technically covered by the pact

(Newser) - Sweden ascended to the ranks of NATO last month, joining the United States and 30 other nations in the intergovernmental military alliance—though the United States isn't exactly 100% "united" on this front. That's because one of the 50 states, Hawaii, isn't covered under the...

Chiefs Say Deadly Maui Fires Exposed Many Issues

Report describes firefighters' heroism, makes 111 recommendations

(Newser) - The Maui wildfires in August were America's deadliest wildfires in more than a century—and while the response from firefighters was heroic, the "largest and most extensive deployment" in the history of the county's fire department exposed many issues, an After Action Report produced by the Western...

Honolulu Spending $2.5M to Erase Instagram-Famous Stairs

Oahu's Haiku Stairs, considered a liability, to be dismantled over the next 6 months

(Newser) - Say goodbye to Oahu's Haiku Stairs. The Instagram-famous staircase built by the US Navy during World War II to access a radio transmitting station atop a mountain in Kaneohe will be dismantled beginning at the end of this month in response to what Honolulu City Council member Esther Kia'...

He Survived Pearl Harbor: 'Guys Were Running Out of the Fire'

Lou Conter, last survivor of USS Arizona attack, dies at 102

(Newser) - Lou Conter, the last living survivor of the USS Arizona battleship that exploded and sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, has died. He was 102. Conter passed away on Monday at his home in Grass Valley, California, following congestive heart failure, daughter Louann Daley said, per the AP...

New Home Is Accidentally Built on Vacant Lot
Owner of Vacant Lot Sued
After Home Goes Up in Error
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Owner of Vacant Lot Sued After Home Goes Up in Error

It's a strange mix-up in Hawaii

(Newser) - It's not the easiest mistake to correct. It seems a construction company hired by a developer in Honolulu built a home on the wrong vacant lot. The kicker is that the owner of the lot is among those being sued over the mess, reports HawaiiNewsNow . The saga began in...

Ladies, These States May Be Worth Looking Into

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list of best states for women; Oklahoma comes in last

(Newser) - What better way to mark Women's History Month than to tag the places in the US where women have the best chances at career opportunities and a better standard of living? WalletHub looked at all 50 states, using more than two dozen metrics in two main categories to create...

'At What Point Does Hawaii Not Become Hawaii Anymore?'

NPR investigates tech billionaire Marc Benioff's sizable land purchases in small town

(Newser) - In the three-stoplight, agricultural town of Waimea on Hawaii's Big Island, more than 600 acres of land have been scooped up by billionaire Marc Benioff. And while tech tycoons buying vast tracts in Hawaii isn't a new story (or if it is to you, please meet Mark Zuckerberg'...

Hawaii Supreme Court Quotes The Wire in Gun Rights Ruling

'The thing about the old days, they the old days' was first heard on the HBO show

(Newser) - "What's past is past" was the underlying message, sort of, of a ruling this week from Hawaii's Supreme Court, though its decision cited a different famous quote from a popular TV series to get its point across. CBS News and the AP report that the state's...

Hiker Tells 911 He Is 'Hanging From Cliff'

Man was airlifted to safety from Hawaii trail

(Newser) - The Honolulu Fire Department says it received a 911 call Sunday from a man who said he was "hanging from a cliff." The HFD says a rescue helicopter brought the hiker to safety around an hour after they received the call at 1pm Sunday, the Sacramento Bee reports....

That Cheap Kona Coffee Wasn't Kona at All: Lawsuit

Hawaii coffee growers win $41M from distributors who falsely labeled their product as Kona

(Newser) - You're likely to see less coffee labeled as authentic Kona, which is a good thing, according to growers, who say much of the stuff on store shelves isn't the real deal. As the New York Times reports, Hawaiian growers of the rare beans who accused coffee distributors of...

In Quest for Racial Equality, This State Is No. 1

Hawaii tops WalletHub's rankings, with the District of Columbia coming in last

(Newser) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day is set for Monday, and in advance, WalletHub has taken a peek at which states have made the most advances in the quest for racial equality. The site looked at the racial integration and racial progress made in all 50 states and DC, using nearly...

Paul Mitchell's Only Son Dead at 53
Paul Mitchell's
Only Son Dead at 53

Paul Mitchell's Only Son Dead at 53

Angus Mitchell, co-owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems, reportedly drowned in his pool

(Newser) - Angus Mitchell, the only child of the late hairstylist Paul Mitchell and co-owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems, has died. A hairstylist in his own right, Mitchell shared a video on Instagram on Tuesday night showing him hanging out with friends and enjoying music at his home in Honolulu, TMZ...

Man Dies After Hawaii 'Shark Encounter'

Officers responded to the scene Saturday morning

(Newser) - December ended with another shark-related death, this time in Hawaii. It follows recent reports of such deaths in South Australia , the Bahamas , and off Mexico's western coast . CNN cites a news release from Maui police that states a 39-year-old surfer was brought to shore late Saturday morning by officers...

'Falling 1,000 Feet From a Trail Is No Joke'

Hiker Ian Snyder, missing for 3 days in Hawaii, is found bruised and with broken bones, but alive

(Newser) - A California man rescued last week after vanishing while on a Hawaiian hike is now revealing details about his three-day ordeal. Ian Snyder had headed out on Oahu's Koolau Summit Trail on Dec. 4, but he never returned at day's end, reports USA Today . In a press conference...

US Navy Plane Overshoots Hawaii Runway, Goes Into Bay

All 9 aboard survived the incident

(Newser) - A US Navy plane overshot a runway and went into a bay in Hawaii on Monday, and when the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services Department got to the scene, military officials told the emergency workers that all nine people aboard made it safely to shore with no injuries, spokesperson Shayne Enright...

This Is the Safest State in America
This Is the Safest
State in America

This Is the Safest State in America

Vermont tops WalletHub's list, while Louisiana comes in last

(Newser) - After the upheaval of the pandemic, it's soothing to get back to "normal." But that normality has brought us back to Earth on many other issues we're still contending with, including general safety, a term that can encompass many different forms. To see which states keep...

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