Next summer, NASA plans to send a saucer-shaped Mars entry vehicle aloft by balloon from Kauai, boost it from 120,000 feet to as high as 180,000 feet by rocket, then, as it hurtles through the thin air at 2,600 mph, deploy a speed-reducing inflatable doughnut around the craft, followed by a big parachute, until it plops into the water for pickup.
Searching for money to corral a projected budget deficit, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state lawmakers in 2011 placed temporary caps on itemized deductions by higher-income taxpayers.
David Wong's eighth-grade science students at Ewa Makai Middle School hatched ducklings last semester, researching factors such as temperature and oxygen to master incubation techniques in his project-based class.
She was a mystery woman, who died at age 96 in 1997 at a Honolulu nursing home with no known survivors; her unclaimed ashes were unceremoniously left on a morgue shelf for three years.
Two public school students in Hawaii have won U.S. State Department scholarships to study Arabic in Morocco for a year as part of an initiative designed to help Americans learn strategically important languages.
University of Hawaii scientists analyzing a Martian meteorite have found a chemical necessary for the formation of genetic material.
Even with dozens of South Pacific visions dancing in my head, my own island still dazzles. During a Lanikai beach walk at dawn last week — the first since my return — I watched great frigate birds and red-footed booby birds glide over my head, tripped over ghost crab sand pyramids and nodded hello to a dozen Homo sapiens come to marvel at sunrise on Oahu.
Question: There’s a big sign, about 5 by 3 feet, on a pile of dredged sand by Kaelepulu Stream in Kailua saying sand is for sale and to call somebody at such and such number. I thought no sand was allowed to be removed and sold from the beach. Are individuals allowed to sell public beach sand?
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SANFORD, Fla. » Within days of becoming police chief of this small city outside Orlando, Cecil E. Smith began to see clearly the scope of the challenges he faced.
NEW YORK » Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has tried to curb soda consumption, ban smoking in parks and encourage bike-riding, is taking on a new cause: requiring New Yorkers to separate their food scraps for composting.
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Ableached-blond prostitute wearing skintight leggings that didn't quite cover her thong gave Waikiki tourists an eyeful when she squatted down on the sidewalk outside the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel to bargain with a leering Japanese man.
The Hawaii Government Employees Association has endorsed U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz over U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, an early lift that could help propel his campaign.
One person was killed and four others seriously injured Saturday when a pickup truck carrying 12 people crashed and burst into flames just after midnight north of Makua Cave.