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Carla Herreria
Carla Herreria is an associate editor for HuffPost Hawaii. She prefers hiding away in her beachside cave on Oahu's North Shore, where she surfs and moonlights as a professional beach bum.

Entries by Carla Herreria

This Teenage Boy Contours Waaaay Better Than You Ever Will

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 1:08 PM

All beauty bloggers can go home now. We've found the Internet's most fabulously fierce makeup guru -- and, fair warning to all, he's "probably" your boyfriend's wallpaper.

World, say hello to 17-year-old Insta-celeb Bretman Rock.

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Hawaii Calls In National Guard As Dengue Fever Outbreak Grows

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 7:28 PM

Hawaii’s Department of Health announced Thursday that the National Guard will be assisting the agency in a "support" role after 79 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed on the Big Island since Sept. 11.

So far, the National Guard's involvement has been small, according to...

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Hawaii's 'Secret Beaches' Are Surprisingly Easy To Find. Here's How.

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 7:28 PM

Looking for Hawaii's best kept secrets? Turns out, they're not all that hard to find.
The Aloha State has six unofficial beaches that are all called "secret." Ironically, some of these hidden spots aren't really so undiscovered. In fact, most of them have official names, and are relatively easy to find. 
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Artist Paints Portrait On Melting Iceberg To Illustrate Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 6:58 PM

Somewhere over the frozen waters of Iceland, a woman appears to be resting in the ocean with her eyes closed. The peaceful woman is the artwork of Sean Yoro, and it's quickly slipping into the ocean.

Yoro, a New York-based artist also known as Hula, was thrust into the spotlight...

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People Are Freaking Out Over This New Surf Film

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 5:47 PM

There's a new surf film in town. And early reviewers are stoked.

"View from a Blue Moon" -- a joint project by videographer Blake Vincent Kueny and 23-year-old pro surfer John John Florence -- has been called "the be-all, end-all, most visually orgasmic addition to the canon of surf...

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Military Veterans Earn The Most In These States

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 3:03 PM

You probably could've guessed that U.S. military veterans living close to the Pentagon make a decent living. But how about veterans in the country's two most geographically isolated states?

Turns out that veterans in Alaska and Hawaii make more, on average, than their compatriots near the Department of Defense headquarters...

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中国の超ミニブタ、遺伝子操作で1匹20万円 「生態系を破壊する」と批判も

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 1:04 AM


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Naked Man Survives Shark Attack At Hawaii Nude Beach

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 7:32 PM

Nude beaches are great for letting go of inhibitions and letting it all hang out, but nothing makes us want to cover up and protect the family jewels faster than a shark in the water. 

Thankfully, Paul O'Leary, a regular nude swimmer on Hawaii's Big Island, maintained his relaxed vibe after...

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상어를 씹어 먹는 바다 사자(영상, 사진)

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 12:02 PM

바다의 생태계를 이해한다는 건 정말이지 힘들다. 상어는 최상위 포식자로 알려졌지만 작은 상어의 경우엔 바다사자의 먹이가 되기도 하기 때문이다.

slater moore

포토그래퍼 슬레이터 무어가 찍은 이 멋진 사진을 보라. "정말 말도 안 되는 장면이었어요. 바다 최고의 포식자가 사냥감이 되다니, 자연의 신비죠!." 슬레이터의 말이다.

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Shark Attacks Are On The Rise. But You Shouldn't Worry About It.

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 10:06 PM

A naked man swimming on Hawaii's Big Island became the latest victim of a shark attack last Tuesday after one of the creatures bit his right ankle.

Paul O'Leary, 54, was a frequent swimmer at Kehena Black Sand Beach in Pahoa, so he didn't panic...

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Άνιση μάχη: Θαλάσσιος λέων κατασπαράζει μικρό καρχαρία

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 10:34 AM

Νομίζετε ότι μπορείτε να καταλάβετε την τροφική αλυσίδα των ωκεανών; Οι πιο κάτω φωτογραφίες στις οποίες βλέπουμε ένα θαλάσσιο λιοντάρι με ένα μικρό καρχαρία θα σας κάνουν να αλλάξετε γνώμη.

Πολλοί από εμάς δεν έχουμε συνηθίσει στην ιδέα ότι ένας καρχαρίας μπορεί να γίνει λεία για κάποιο άλλο...

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Sea Lions Devour Sharks, Proving You Know Squat About The Food Chain

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 7:42 PM

Think you understand the ocean's food chain? This photo of a sea lion attacking a small thresher shark might throw you for a loop.
While it's actually quite common for sea lions to attack small sharks, most of us aren't used to thinking of sharks as prey.
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Dead Shark Washes Up In Alabama Woman's Front Yard

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 9:21 PM

Whitney Constantine lives between two rivers near Mobile Bay in Alabama, so she's used to occasional flooding after heavy rain.

But after Monday's downpour in the Gulf Coast swept water through her home and flooded her driveway, a three-foot dead shark ended up on her lawn.

"We just...

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After Being Shot 5 Times, Kidnapped Man Escapes, Drives To Hospital

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 10:17 PM

Honolulu police charged 42-year-old Ranier Ines on Friday in connection with the brutal kidnapping and robbery of his coworker, 25-year-old Kele Stout.

According to court documents obtained by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Stout was kidnapped, robbed, blindfolded and beaten, then shot at least five times before escaping...

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Fall-Flavored Beer Cocktails That'll Turn Up Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 7:17 PM

We're smack dab in the middle of fall, which means two things. 1. The hurricane of holiday parties is swirling right around the corner and 2. Your local beer aisle has reached peak levels of seasonal beer mayhem.

So how about getting creative with all those bottles of pumpkin- and...

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Pro Surfer's Mom Shuts Down KFC's 'Disrespectful' Shark Attack Ad

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 12:02 AM

When a mom says enough is enough, people listen. Especially when she's the mother of Mick Fanning, the famed surfer who had a terrifying run-in with a shark during a live webcast in July.

Elizabeth Osborne, Fanning's mother, recently said she was not amused by an advertisement for fast-food chain...

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This Bikini Of The Future Cleans The Ocean As You Swim

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 10:29 PM

Seventy-two hours after it rains, a "toxic cocktail" of pollutants from the land, including pesticides, herbicides and fecal-contaminated sewage runoff, makes its way into the ocean, according to the Surfrider Foundation.

Exposure to those contaminants, along with the thousands of oil and chemical spills that take place in the U.S. each year, can make humans sick and cause serious harm to marine life.

What if you could clean some of that mess up just by going for a swim?

A team of engineers at the University of California, Riverside is partnering with the Eray/Carbajo design firm to make an itsy-bitsy dent in ocean pollution with a new invention: the SpongeSuit.

The SpongeSuit, which recently won first place at RESHAPE's 2015 Wearable Technology Competition, is made of a carbon-based material known simply as "the Sponge. The material repels water while absorbing harmful contaminants, according to a UC Riverside press release. 

The Sponge is derived from heated sucrose, a form of sugar. According to the product's contest entry, it has a highly porous structure that can absorb "everything but water" and hold up to 25 times its own weight.

Mihri and Cengiz Ozkan, who are married engineering professors at UC Riverside, worked on the Sponge with two other researchers. The team originally conceived of the absorbent material as a means of desalinizing water or cleaning up oil and chemical spills. 

They were working on several architectural products that would make use of the Sponge when they heard about the Wearable Technology Competition, which made them decide to start small.

"Why not create an environmentally proactive swimwear and clean as you swim?" Inanc Eray, founding architect at Eray/Carbajo, told The Huffington Post.


To make the swimsuit, Eray and his partners at Eray/Carbajo took the Sponge material and fitted it into a 3D-printed elastic cage in the shape of a swimsuit.

The finished product is 2 millimeters thick, has an estimated surface area of 250 square centimeters and weighs just 54 grams.

Mihri Ozkan says the SpongeSuit can be reused an average of 20 times before losing its absorbent qualities. Once it is saturated, the material will simply stop absorbing contaminants. 

In order to empty the material of the absorbed contaminants, however, the Sponge must be heated to a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees Celsius, or more than 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit.

Since that kind of heat isn't exactly accessible to the average bikini buyer, the swimsuit's elastic cages are designed for easy removal of the used Sponge material. Once the pad has absorbed all it can, the wearer can  replace it with a new Sponge filter and recycle the old one, according to UCR's press release.

The university, which has filed patents for the invention, also claims that any contaminants absorbed by the SpongeSuit will not touch the wearer's skin, since they will be trapped within the inner pores of the material, preventing the wearer from being harmed by the concentrated levels of contaminants.

While the product's creators plan to mass-produce the SpongeSuit, along with a variety of similar swimwear, and sell it to the public at a low cost, they have not released an official price point.

"The Sponge material itself is very low-cost, as its main precursor is sugar," Cengiz Ozkan explained in an email. "The replacement pads will be highly affordable, especially when we are talking about manufacturing in larger scale."

Ozkan also insisted that "there is no feeling of unusual discomfort" that results from wearing a bikini that gets heavier with each swim.

So far, the team has only used the Sponge for the swimsuit, but Eray/Carbajo is looking for more ways to create ocean-cleaning products with it. 

"On an individual level, surfboards and other swimming gears are next steps to explore," Eray said. "On the large scale, incorporating this technology into naval architecture will create an opportunity to create more impact." 

But even if the inventors have good intentions for the SpongeSuit, at least one expert is skeptical about its effectiveness in cleaning the ocean and about how the used pads will be discarded.

Chelsea Rochman, a marine ecologist and expert in ecotoxicology at UC Davis, says the SpongeSuit's success will depend on how well it soaks up pollutants relative to other items already used in the ocean, such as foam surfboards and boogie boards.

"I also wonder how many bathing suits would have to be out there to make a difference," she added. 

Still, she acknowledged that given the sheer magnitude of the problem, any little bit can help. The oceans, Rochman says, are like giant toilet bowls collecting waste -- "almost any contaminant of concern can be found in the ocean, including remote areas," she says. 

"It's worth a try," she continued, "if it's actually safe and there are healthy ways to dispose of it that makes sense for waste management."

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Woman Found 'Frozen In Solid Ice' Inside Cryotherapy Chamber (UPDATE)

(10) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 12:02 AM

UPDATE: 9:40 p.m. --  Nevada officials ordered all Rejuvenice locations to shut down after discovering that the company was not licensed to perform cosmetic procedures, according to The Associated Press. 


A Henderson, Nevada, cryotherapy center manager froze to death inside one of the business's freezing...

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The Romantic Truth Behind This 'Lava Kiss'

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 11:37 PM

In 2012, Ed and Dallas Nagata White shared a fiery, passionate kiss under the night rain, surrounded by fields of burning lava.

The couple -- a married duo of professional photographers based in Hawaii -- took the photo themselves, uploaded it to the Internet, and set the viral...

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