What makes a gorgeous waterfall hike even better? Every year, near Kaikoura, New Zealand, a large pod of fur seal pups swim down a stream to the picturesque Ohau waterfall, where they engage in an epic cuddlefest. Just drive 16.8 miles north of Kaikoura via South Highway 1.
The Maui Police Department has finished investigating a department employee who is accused of flashing people and masturbating in front of them while driving a car with an obstructed license plate. The investigation has been sent to the county's prosecutor's office for review, Maui Police Sgt. Audra Sellers told The Huffington Post. Sellers would not reveal the suspect's identity or whether he was a police officer, but MPD confirmed last month the suspect is a department employee.
"I remember looking down into her gorgeous eyes and feeling something I had never experienced before," Metcalfe, a police officer for Kauai County, told The Huffington Post. Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today.
KHON2 reports that according to court documents, the teen and his dad had gotten into an argument on Saturday. Keesler then shot Kelly with a pellet gun, and the father fell to the floor, hit his head and stopped breathing, according to the outlet. Police launched a murder investigation, and Keesler was charged with second-degree murder the next day.
A Hawaii cop has been charged with civil rights violations after a video showed him attacking two bystanders during a police raid. Honolulu police officer Vincent Morre has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of depriving people of their rights under color of law, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports. Morre faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment for each count, according to TV station KHON.
The island of Lanai is one of Hawaii's best kept secrets. Few mainlanders even know it exists as it can only be accessed by ferry or small plane via Maui or Oahu. Billionaire Larry Ellison, however, did notice this quiet isle and, in 2012, he purchased 98 percent of it, along with all of its hotel rooms.
If Jorge Tirado's latest surf video is any indication, it looks like a baby riding a wave for the very first time. Tirado, who has posted bodyboarding videos in the past, paddled out with his 9-month-old son and a GoPro to capture the infant's first surfing session. As seen in the video above, they both ride tandem through the barrel -- the hollow space inside the breaking wave, also known as the "tube" -- and the infant emerges with a big smile.
The Level, created by former brand president for Teva Footwear Joel Heath, is technically a chair substitute. The ultra-modern, sleekly-designed balance board forces you to engage your core and move your body while you stand for phone calls or meetings. The product's IndieGogo crowdfunding page raised nearly $200,000 more than its original goal with weeks still to go, suggesting that people are eager to change the sedentary and unhealthy office lifestyle.
UPDATE: Brandon Lorenz was released from custody Wednesday after prosecutors declined to press charges, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The news outlet reported that the victim, Megan Isomura, allegedly posted, "It wasn't Brandon. Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today.
Are you dreaming of sipping daiquiris on a tropical island far, far away? Using TravelMath.com, we've calculated which lush, overlooked island is closest to your part of the country -- the hidden spots and unsung heroes of the paradisiacal treasure chest. If you live in the North East, head to Isla de Culebra.
Announcement method of choice: Bethany and Adam are both lifelong surfers, so their pregnancy announcement was interspersed with clips of their adorable tandem surf session at the stunning Hanalei Bay on their home island of Kauai, Hawaii. In the video, Bethany says that she'll pause the filming of her upcoming surf film and biographical documentary "Surfs Like A Girl." "For now, I'm just excited to be a mom and take this adventure first," she said. Surfing while pregnant: Bethany has been surfing the Banzai Pipeline and Teahupoo surf breaks -- both feared and advanced waves -- since she found out she was pregnant four months ago.
Today's professional surfers are health freaks. Dr. Tim Brown, who has spent the last three decades as a medical director for the World Surf League (formerly known as the ASP), says surfers have evolved from a group of wild party animals into a league of laser-focused, health-conscious athletes. "For [professional] surfers back in the '80s, it was party time, live hard, let your candle burn bright," Dr. Brown told The Huffington Post.
Remember when you resolved to do more yoga? Yoga doesn't need to be shrouded in mystery. This week, we caught up with Lisa Sochocki, owner of Yoga Loft Hawaii on the island of Oahu, to talk plainly about how to achieve each basic yoga pose with perfection.
You did it! You packed up all your things and moved to Hawaii. While you might find bliss at the foot of a waterfall or learn about Hawaii's incredible history and people, #HawaiiProblems still exist. Below, 13 problems every Hawaii newbie has experienced.
A 19-year-old Hawaii man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for beating an 83-year-old homeless man to death. RJ Marsolo, who was 18 years old at the time of the attack, admitted to fatally punching and kicking Marmeto "Eddie" Semana in Honolulu's Chinatown district on Dec. 3, 2013, according to KITV. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Marsolo was drinking with friends at Beretania Community Park when he walked down a nearby street and encountered Semana.
While the Kailua vacation homes the Obamas have rented are indeed gorgeous, there are more than a few other gorgeous vacation options -- 22,000, to be precise -- each with their own unique views and perks. This Balinese-inspired estate is known as the Hale 'Ae Kai and overlooks the island of Kauai's Secret Beach -- a stretch of sand so private, it can only be accessed by a steep, unmarked trail. At the ultra-luxurious Oneloa Beach Villa on Maui's northeastern tip, guests never have to leave.
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is celebrating 50 years in business with its $50,000 Golden Anniversary Package. Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today. The hotel even offers the option of arranging a private helicopter to shuttle guests from the airport to the hotel.
Overfishing in Hawaii and a growing rivalry over fishing territories may have led to felony charges after four fishermen were indicted for allegedly robbing and harassing people aboard a boat from a neighboring island. The four suspects from Molokai were arrested by the Maui Police Department and the division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement on Nov. 25.
A 10,000 pound buoy accidentally fell on top of four civilian contractors at Pearl Harbor's Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, killing two men and injuring two others. Witnesses told Hawaii News Now that a nearby worker noticed the falling buoy and yelled for the men to get out of the way. Sources familiar with the maintenance facility told Hawaii News Now that contractors were not supposed to be working under the heavy buoy.
As a photographer in the wedding-happy state of Hawaii, Mariah Dagupion has seen her fair share of romantic moments. Few, however, have been as special or touching as a recent, unscripted proposal on a Maui beach.
Kimberly Ong, 45, turned herself in to police on Friday after a video of her road rage went viral, according to Hawaii News Now. The video, which was recorded by Ryan Arakaki while he was driving his truck, shows Ong driving erratically while honking and screaming at Arakaki for cutting her off. She drives against traffic to confront Arakaki before speeding ahead and stopping at a stop sign.
On May 28, 25-year-old Brittany Royal's strangled body was discovered by fishermen off the Kalapana shores of Hawaii's Big Island. Recently, however, a local news site received an anonymous letter, claiming that Bo Johnson was also murdered and that racial tensions fueled the motive.