Entries in Honolulu (3)


Unusual Weather, Record Hail, Pounds Hawaiian Islands 

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- Unusual weather patterns, dubbed “unprecedented” by the National Weather Service, moved across the Hawaiian Islands during the past few days.

Reports of tornados and thunderstorms were prevalent. A 30-minute hailstorm over Oahu on Friday pounded the island with pellets the size of tennis balls, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu. Some hail stones reached a record size of 3 inches wide.

No injuries were reported in the storms.

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Shark Attack: First by Vicious, Small Species

Thinkstock/Comstock(HONOLULU) -- A small shark that's as nasty as it is fearless has made its first documented attack on a live human being.

A cookiecutter shark, which was probably a little more than a foot long, took a chunk out of the leg of a distance swimmer who was trying to make a nighttime swim from the island of Hawaii to Maui.

The attack occurred 90 minutes after sunset March 16, 2009, but has just recently been documented by scientists in Hawaii and Florida.

Despite their reputation, the cookiecutter shark -- so named because it gouges cookie sized bits of flesh from its victims -- historically has not posed a widespread danger to people. Only two other cases involving attacks on humans by cookiecutter sharks have been widely accepted by experts, but both those attacks were on cadavers, one a drowning victim and the other a suicide.

The director of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History thinks people ought to be aware the nature of this predator.

"It's not as scary as Jaws, but it's very different from any other kind of attack we have [in the file] because of the size of the shark and the modus operandi," George Burgess said in releasing the study.

A report on the attack is to be published in an upcoming edition of the journal Pacific Science.

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TSA to Fire 36 Employees at Honolulu Airport

Amos Morgan/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- Following an investigation, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that it plans on firing over 30 of its employees at the Honolulu International Airport for improper screening of checked baggage.

The TSA will reportedly dismiss 36 employees and suspend 12 more, after an investigation found that during the "last few months of 2010" some bags were not properly screened at one airport location, according to a release by the TSA.

"TSA holds its workforce to the highest ethical standards and we will not tolerate employees who in any way compromise the security of the traveling public," said TSA Administrator John Pistole in a statement. "We have taken appropriate action through our newly established Office of Professional Responsibility and are committed to ensuring our high security standards are upheld in Hawaii and throughout the country."

Officials say since learning of the improper practices, steps have been taken to ensure that all bags have been properly screened at the Honolulu airport.

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