• Soldier Survives 70-Foot Fall Into Active Volcano in Hawaii

    A soldier who tried to get a closer look at an active volcano in Hawaii fell 70 feet down a 300-foot cliff on Wednesday but survived, NBC News reported. The 32-year-old lost his footing after climbing over a railing at the edge of the Kilauea caldera at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, according to a statement from […]

  • This State is Proposing Banning Cigarettes for Anyone Under the Age of 100

    A Big Island lawmaker has proposed incrementally increasing the minimum age to buy cigarettes, leading to a practical ban across Hawaii. Democratic state Rep. Richard Creagan proposed legislation aimed at making the state the first in the country to ban the sale of cigarettes for everyone except people age 100 and over, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday. […]

  • Researchers Come Face-to-Face With ‘Super-Size’ Great White Shark

    Two shark researchers who came face-to-face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The Associated Press that she encountered the 20-foot (6-meter) shark Tuesday near […]

  • 97-Year-Old Navy Veteran Recalls 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941, watching from afar as the bombs and bullets killed and wounded thousands. The waves of attacking planes reached his military […]

  • Plastic Straws? Cigarette Butts Are Bigger Source of Ocean Trash, Advocates Say

    As coastal cities ban plastic straws and California and Hawaii consider following suit, activists are trying to raise awareness about cigarette butts, a much greater source of ocean pollution, NBC News reported. The filters have been the most-collected item on the world’s beaches for 32 consecutive years of the Ocean Conservancy’s annual beach cleanup, more than […]

  • Hurricane Lane brings torrential rains to Hawaii’s Big Island

    Nearly two feet of rain fell on parts of Hawaii’s Big Island as Hurricane Lane approached the state early Friday, causing heavy flooding and landslides that blocked roads — with the worst still yet to come, according to forecasters. Lane weakened to a Category 2 storm on Friday but is still a powerful, slow-moving system […]

  • Hawaii Volcano Lava Destroys Hundreds of Homes Overnight

    Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds more homes overnight, overtaking two oceanfront communities that were advised to evacuate last week, officials said Tuesday. No injuries were reported as most residents heeded advice to leave. The homes lost are in addition to at least 117 destroyed and reported by county officials since lava began spilling […]

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