Entries in Hawaii (32)


US Remembers Attack on Pearl Harbor 71 Years Later

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)(PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii) -- Ceremonies will be held in Hawaii on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. Navy came under attack by Japan at the naval base -- a sudden strike that catapulted the United States into WWII.

Then President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the day "a date that will live in infamy," and vowed that "no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people with their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory."


In all, more than 2,400 American lives were lost, along with numerous battleships and aircraft.

A moment of silence will be held in Pearl Harbor on Friday at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time -- the time the attack began.

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Man Attacked by Shark While Snorkeling in Hawaii 

Hemera/Thinkstock(KIHEI, Hawaii) --  A 61-year-old man from Oregon is recovering from a shark bite he got while snorkeling in Hawaii on Friday.

Tom Kennedy of Lake Oswego, Ore., was snorkeling near a shore in Kihei, Hawaii at about 9:35 a.m., when a 10 foot shark attacked him.

The shark bit Kennedy’s left calf. Experts said the shark appeared to be a tiger shark.

“I kept watching behind because I was concerned it would come back again,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy said at some point, the shark let go of his leg and he swam as fast as he could to get away.

“It released me and I started swimming as fast as I could…as I went further and started to bleed, I could see I was trailing blood, which was my next concern,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy managed to get away from the shark and back onto his paddleboard.

One of his fellow snorkelers, an emergency room nurse, began first aid and helped get him safely back to shore. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Doctors said Kennedy was lucky the bite didn’t hit any major arteries.

As he recovers, the bloody bandage on his leg is Kennedy’s reminder of just how lucky he is to be alive.

“It could have been this, or you could have been struck by lightning, the odds are about the same,” he said.

After Friday morning’s incident, officials closed the waters 2 miles in each direction, and will meet Saturday to determine when it’s safe for beach goers to go back in.

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Oregon Man Attacked by Shark Off Maui Coast

Comstock/Thinkstock(KIHEI, Hawaii) -- An Oregon man suffered a shark bite in the waters off Maui in Hawaii Friday. Police said the man appeared to have a gash in his leg but was able to climb onto a paddleboard and get back on shore.

The 61-year-old man told police it looked like a 10-foot shark.

Police say sharks were seen in the the area, and that there has seen an increase in shark attacks this year.

"In this area and also island wide, there has been several incidences with in the last year, this past year of incidents with sharks," Lt. Wayne Ibarra with the Maui Police said Friday.

The victim was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment. Police say at the time of medical transport, the man was "alert and conscious."

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Tsunami Warning in Hawaii Downgraded to Advisory After Canada Quake

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A tsunami warning was downgraded to an advisory for the state of Hawaii this morning, following a 7.7 earthquake off the coast of British Columbia Saturday night.

Although waves up to six feet were predicted, the first waves that reached the islands were much smaller.

"We appear at this stage to be very, very fortunate," said Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Residents in low lying areas were evacuated.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle said while the waves were not as big as expected, officials have to remain cautious.

"These events are capricious. They're dangerous. You have to always err on the side of safety," Carlisle said.

Carlisle told ABC News affiliate KITV that it is now safe for residents from the evacuated areas to return home and roads were reopening.

But Carlisle said he won't give the "all clear" because previous incidences show the danger might not be over.

"In some instances, after the last great warning, there was danger that lasted for two full days in certain areas. We do not want somebody to go into the water and risk that type of danger," he said.

The 7.7 quake that triggered the tsunami warnings was centered around an island north of Vancouver in Canada.

A 5.8 aftershock was reported just after the first earthquake.

No major damage has been reported.

Jay Albrecht with the National Weather Service said the quake's impact was felt as far south as San Francisco.

"There is a tsunami advisory that's been issued for the Southern Oregon and Northern California coast and that goes from about 80 miles northwest of San Francisco, northward to a location about 10 miles southwest of Florence, Ore.," Albrecht said.

Tsunami advisories were canceled for Canada and Oregon.

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Jet Skier Who Killed 16-Year-Old in Hawaii Crash to Be Released

Comstock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- A 20-year-old man who crashed his jet ski into a 16-year-old girl and killed her is set to be released from jail in Hawaii Wednesday.

Tyler Dagley, an Australian citizen who was vacationing in Hawaii when he crashed his jet ski into Kristen Fonseca on Aug. 5, was sentenced Wednesday to time served, according to ABC News affiliate KITV. He was also ordered to pay a restitution fee of $78,000.

According to police, Dagley was speeding on his rented jet ski and posing for pictures for his girlfriend at Keehi Lagoon when he slammed into Fonseca, 16, of Vacaville, Calif. She died the next day.

Dagley pleaded no contest to negligent homicide charges in August and was held in Oahu county jail.

Fonseca's family appeared at the sentencing hearing in Honolulu Wednesday, where her mother, Evangelina Canton, read a poem that her daughter had written. According to the report, the poem focused on whether Fonseca would grow up to have children and become a doctor.

Dagley appeared to be crying in court during the reading of the poem, according to KITV.

Mario Canton, Fonseca's stepfather, also addressed the court.

"Our family's life is turned upside-down. We are unable to function at home. We go to sleep crying, wake up crying," he said.

Her mother told the court, "I cry in the morning, I cry before I go to sleep, I cry randomly during the day looking for justice."

"I mean I'm not trying to make this guy suffer, but I need for him to understand that there's a consequence to every decision we make. That's the kind of daughter my daughter was, a very forgiving child, and so I know that it's what she would want me to do," Mrs. Canton said.

Dagley is now set to be released, KITV reported.

Monique Sanchez told ABC News that she witnessed the crash that killed her sister.

"He was just speeding really fast and then just came up and just slammed right into her," Sanchez told ABC News after the crash.

Kristen's mother and stepfather were also present when the accident happened.

As part of the investigation, police examined a digital camera belonging to Fonseca's girlfriend, Natasha Ryan, to look for scenes of the crash. Ryan said she was driving straight ahead on her jet ski and did not see the accident, but police investigators recovered deleted videos on her camera that showed Dagley standing and someone yelling, "Watch out."

Ryan was arrested and charged with obstructing justice. She is due in court on Friday.

Fonseca's parents have filed suit against Dagley and the jet ski rental company, Aloha Jet Ski Tours, seeking money for damages.

Dagley's father, Alan, told ABC News he feels for Kristen's family, but added that what happened was a tragic accident.

"He's a great kid, doesn't do anything wrong," Dagley's father said in August, speaking of his son.

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Men Survive 100-Foot Cliff Plunge in Maui

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MAUI, Hawaii) -- Two occupants of a car navigating dangerous roads in Hawaii escaped nearly unharmed after they plunged off a 100-foot cliff on Maui, Hawaii.

According to local news reports, the tourists were driving near Makamakaole Gulch on Kahekili Highway early Tuesday morning when their car veered off the highway and over the cliff. According to the Maui News, the car plummeted off the cliff around 2:30 a.m.

One man, a visitor from South Carolina, escaped from the crashed car and hiked up the cliff for an hour before finding help from a resident around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the report. The pair then called emergency services for aide.

Fire and rescue crews then helped evacuate the second man, from California, from the vehicle. Both men were treated and released from a local hospital with minor injuries. The men have not yet been identified.

Calls to Maui Fire Services were not immediately returned.

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Parents Sue After Daughter Dies in Hawaii Jet Ski Crash

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- The parents of a California teenager who died on vacation in Hawaii when her jet ski was struck by another being operated by an Australian tourist are suing that tourist.

Kristen Fonseca, 16, was jet skiing on Aug. 5 at Keehi Lagoon in Honolulu when her watercraft was hit.  The rider of the jet ski that hit Fonseca was Tyler Dagley of Australia.

The girl died the following day of her injuries, and Dagley, 20, was charged with third-degree criminal homicide -- a misdemeanor.

“He was just speeding really fast and then just came up and just slammed right into her,” Fonseca’s sister Monique Sanchez told ABC News.

Sanchez, along with Fonseca’s mother and stepfather Mario Canton, were present when the accident happened.

“I then saw her head lunge forward, and hit the steering wheel, Kristen then, fell forward, fell back and then fell into the water,” Canton said.

Investigators have said Dagley was driving recklessly, was standing up and not paying attention to where he was going, and that he was showing off for his girlfriend.

That girlfriend, Natasha Ryan, 21, has also been charged by police, but she is not named in the lawsuit.  Authorities say she videotaped the entire incident and then deleted it in an attempt to cover it up.

In a court appearance, Dagley sobbed.

“I prayed every day to the family, and prayed that everything was going to be okay,” he said.

The Cantons’ lawsuit alleges that Dagley was reckless and negligent when he was operating the jet ski.  The suit also names Aloha Jet Ski Rentals, the company that rented the watercraft to Fonseca and Dagley, as a co-defendant.

The court papers allege that an Aloha Jet Ski Rentals employee failed to properly instruct Dagley in the correct use of the jet ski, and that the employee did nothing to prevent Dagley’s reckless behavior.

The lawsuit mentions that the family suffered emotional pain and suffering, and had incurred significant medical costs for Fonseca’s care.  The suit seeks unspecified damages and attorney’s fees.

Dagley is due back in court on Aug. 23.

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Teen Lost at Sea: Parents Blame Hawaii Tour Group

Madoff Family(NEW YORK) -- Parents of a New York teen who went missing in the waters off Hawaii blame a tour group for their son's disappearance after a wave swept him out to sea.

The wave pulled Tyler Madoff, 15, out to sea six days ago after a hiking and kayaking expedition with a tour group from Bold Earth Teen Adventures in Hawaii. The 6-foot wave hit the tour group on Kealakekua Bay, sending Tyler and five other teens into the water. The five were rescued, with a 15-year-old boy still recovering in a Honolulu hospital.

The search for Tyler ended Monday evening after fire officials classified his disappearance as a fatality.

His father, Michael Madoff, blamed Bold Earth Teen Adventures after team leaders from the company led the group into the bay even though officials from the Department of Land and Natural Resources warned that they were not allowed to hike or kayak in the area and the group apparently had no permit to be there.

"The people of Bold Earth ... have shown poor judgment and extremely poor character," Madoff said.

He said, however, that there are no plans at this time to take legal action.

Abbott Wallis, the owner of Bold Earth Teen Adventure, said in a statement to ABC News the company did "the very best they could under extremely difficult circumstances."

A junior at Scarsdale High School in Westchester County, Tyler played outside linebacker for the varsity football team. He won a state medal for the Pelham Community Rowing Association. His coaches and friends told ABC News station WABC he was a leader.

Michael Madoff and his wife, Marianne, are back in White Plains with their two other children.

Remembering his son, Madoff said, "You're the best of your mother and you're the best of me. You brought smiles and joy to everybody."

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Two Planes in Close Call After Rookie Air Traffic Control Error

Comstock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- A Federal Aviation Administration probe into the rookie mistake of an air traffic controller, which brought two planes perilously close at Honolulu International Airport, has led to the resignation of a longtime air traffic controller.

A Japan Airlines 767 jet arriving in January to Honolulu from Tokyo and a United Parcel Service MD11 jet also coming in for a landing were involved in a near miss, only 15 miles west of the Hawaii capital, as first reported by Hawaii News Now.

The FAA now admits that because a rookie air controller froze while handling the planes, the two jets came within 300 feet of each other. The near miss caused both pilots to react to cockpit warnings of impending collision.

"UPS 36 heavy, fly heading 180. Japan Air 72 heavy, descend and maintain 1, 3,000," the air traffic controller said during the Jan. 14 incident, leading the JAL pilot to radio, "Japan Air 72 heavy, now TCAS descend."

The reference to TCAS means the pilot's collision alarm went off.

"One of the aircraft's computers said, 'climb,' and the other aircraft's computer said, 'descend'. So that they wouldn't go on this collision course and hit each other," ABC News Aviation consultant Steve Ganyard explained.

At one point, their altitude separation dropped to 0, meaning they were headed straight for each other, Hawaii News Now reported.

The novice controller who caused the near miss was handling eight planes at once, traffic the FAA considers of "average complexity," according to an FAA error-deviation report.

The FAA managers on scene at the time never reported the near miss. It wasn't until the UPS pilot told the National Transportation Safety Board that FAA headquarters found out.

The FAA said in a statement that as soon as the agency learned of this incident, it took quick and decisive action, which included retraining for the young controller and the resignation of his manager.

The FAA placed air traffic control manager Bob Rabideau on administrative leave in February. Rabideau, 65, who had been an air traffic controller for 20 years, later chose to retire.

The controllers union says it works with the FAA on safety.

"We take incidents like this very seriously," a spokesman said. "We are working collaboratively with the FAA on a wide array of initiatives that improve safety, which is our No. 1 priority. We are striving to make the world's safest system of aviation even safer."

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Hawaii Man Punches Shark in Face, Tells It ‘I’m Not Gonna Die Today’

Courtesy of the Holley Family(HONOLULU) -- Joshua Holley, 28, was surfing at his favorite spot off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii’s North Shore, when he felt a push on the left side of his body.

“I looked to my left and I saw this really big dorsal fin,” Holley said.

“I got this popping sensation in my foot, I didn’t feel the pain; I guess there was so much adrenaline,” he said.

When the shark submerged and came up on the other side of his body, Holley knew what he had to do.

“I’m kind of holding it and its coming out on the right side, I punched him once and twice with my right hand, it submerged and swam off,” said Holley, who lives in Oahu, today.

Another surfer and a man with a body board came to Holley’s rescue after the attack, and helped him on to the beach, he said.

“I’m just happy to be alive,” he said.  “At the time it was pretty terrifying to be attacked by a shark, not gonna lie.  Instinct came in and I told the shark, ‘I’m not gonna die today.’”

Holley has two severed tendons, which required 42 stitches, but the shark did not bite any major arteries, Holley said.

“It looks like a knife cut on both sides of my foot,” he said.

Holley is headed back to the doctor on Thursday, and expects to undergo foot surgery as early as Friday.

Despite his run-in with the shark, which he described as about 10-foot long and likely a tiger shark, Holley said he isn’t going to stay away from the ocean.

“Definitely, I’ll be back in the water,” he said.  “You have to remember when you’re in the ocean you have to respect the ocean, that’s where they eat, live, breed; we’re just visitors in their home.”

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