More than three years after an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, a sign is returning home to a small fishing village after drifting thousands of miles across the Pacific to Hawaii.
Tourism in Hawaii is approaching record highs. Construction is booming in Honolulu. Unemployment is at 4.4 percent, the lowest since before the recession.
Most of us have flown in and out of Honolulu Airport many times. But we probably didn't see Frank Sinatra, Harrison Ford, Greg Norman, the Rolling Stones, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter or Prince Philip passing through because they came in the back door.
Shaggy headlines the final night of the Mayjah Rayjah 2014 Music Festival Hawaii. The two-night event is an extravaganza of talent that includes high-profile entertainers like Anuhea, Rebel Souljahz, Nesian Nine, Awa and JBoog along with rising stars and newcomers.
OK, everybody. Spread out. Norm Chow says that's what the University of Hawaii football team's offense will do this fall. The initial reaction is to rant and rave and say he never should have bunched up and tried to play smashmouth in the first place.
At 38, the Kauai resident's resume is as heavy on the academic — a Ph.D in zoology — as it is on the athletic — a former nationally ranked swimmer and triathlete, and one of the most successful female paddleboarders the sport has known.
In his rare free moments at home in Kailua, Wayne Pfeffer does his best to enjoy his new Hawaii environment. At 62, the two daughters are grown, he has remarried and makes sure he takes what time remains to head to the beach and bike paths.