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Women rescued after ordeal at sea

HONOLULU—A planned voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti aboard a small sailboat didn't start off well for two Honolulu women.

One of their cellphones washed overboard and sank into the deep blue water on their first day at sea.

From there, things got worse. Much worse.

About a month into their trip, bad weather caused their engine to lose power. Their mast was damaged.

NOAA announces draft management plan for endangered Hawaiian monk seal

HONOLULU — Federal fisheries authorities want to more than double the small population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals in the state’s main islands.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service on Tuesday released a draft management plan for the endangered species, of which approximately 200 live in the main Hawaiian Islands.