Wildlife refuge pond in Hawaii mysteriously turns bright pink. Drought may be to blame

Shad Hanohano, from left, Leilani Fagner and their daughter Meleana Hanohano view the pink water Wednesday, at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge in Kihei, Hawaii. Officials in Hawaii are investigating why the pond turned pink, but there are some indications that drought may be to blame. (Matthew Thayer/The Maui News via AP)

HONOLULU — A pond in Hawaii has turned so bubble-gum pink it could be from the set of “Barbie,” but the bizarre phenomenon is no cause for a dance party. Drought may be to blame for the strange hue, scientists say, and they’re warning against entering the water or drinking it.