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August 19, 2013
The Associated Press

Shark bites teen surfer's legs

HILO - Authorities say a shark attack off the Big Island has left a 16-year-old surfer with multiple leg injuries.

The Hawaii County Fire Department said the boy was bit in both legs Sunday afternoon near the Pohoiki boat ramp southeast of Hilo. He was airlifted to Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

The boy's condition was not immediately known. A call to the hospital's spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources closed ocean waters along the Pohoiki coastline after the attack.

Earlier Sunday, officials closed Hapuna Beach on the island's northwestern shore after lifeguards spotted a shark.

On Wednesday, a shark bit off the arm of a 20-year-old German tourist who was snorkeling off South Maui.


Progress registering Hawaiians slow

HONOLULU - An effort by Native Hawaiians to form their own government has signed up fewer than 20,000 of the 200,000 people it is seeking, but organizers are undaunted.

The initiative known as Kana'iolowalu launched in July 2012 after enactment of a state law recognizing Native Hawaiians as the only indigenous people of the island. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the law created a Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to identify them.

The yearlong drive was extended until January because of the slow pace of signups.

Organizers say they are set to add another 50,000 names Sept. 15 when they consolidate people who have signed previous registries.

The law says that those who are registered may decide on their form of self-government.

Nearly 290,000 natives live in the state.


German tourist dies while on Kauai trail

LIHUE - A German tourist died while hiking the strenuous Kalalau Trail on the north shore of Kauai.

The death of the 61-year-old on Friday was near the 8-mile marker of the 11-mile-long trail that stretches from Ke'e Beach to the Kalalau Valley.

The Garden Island newspaper reported that the man was hiking with friends when he collapsed. He did not respond to CPR.

A helicopter pilot for a tour company reported the incident to the Lihue Airport control tower, where personnel called police.

A rescue helicopter landed nearby and ferried the man to the Princeville Airport, where medics pronounced him dead.

Police investigating the incident have not released the man's name.



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