A simulation of a lunar mission by Team Puli from Hungary was conducted using a robot rover prototype in a Morocco desert in February as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. To win, a private company’s craft must land safely on the moon by Dec. 31, 2015, and travel 500 meters.
Mauna Kea's similarity to the lunar surface makes it an ideal test site for a team vying for a $40 million prize
A Hungarian lunar rover is walking about on the powdery flanks of Mauna Kea with its stereoscopic cameras focused on terrain ahead, a 2015 mission to the moon and the $40 million Google Lunar XPRIZE.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the City Council are locked in a dispute that could end up costing the city as much as $121 million if a proposed sale of 12 city-owned housing projects to a private contractor doesn't go through. Story »
It's that time of year again: time to stand in line at the post office to ship holiday goodies all over the world. Although there will be no extended hours of operation at any of Hawaii's post offices for this year's holiday shipping season, the U.S. Postal Service says there are ways for customers to beat the wait. Story »
Director Cameron Crowe ("Jerry Maguire," "Almost Famous") is trying to wrap his Hawaii-based film but has run into a casting snag for one of his final scenes: He needs about 200 background extras who could pass for East Indians. Story »
State Rep. Denny Coffman announced Monday that he will resign from office later this month for family reasons. Coffman, whose wife died earlier this year, said his daughter faces a medical issue. The state House said in a statement that his resignation is effective Dec. 20. Story »
La Pietra School senior Angela Assante earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test, the school announced. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT test earn the top score, the school said in a press release. Story »
Reymunda Apana • George Mitsuo Arakaki • Alfred Berdon • Feliciana Salacup Bolosan • Boyson Kaimilani Brown Sr. • Leroy Paul Fry • Gilbert W.N. Goo • Lysander Agatep Guzman • Michie Henna • James Charles Holland • Veronica Ibera • and more
With the community's eyes soon to be sharply focused on Honolulu Hale for the Christmas season, it seems appropriate to write about this important historic building since, besides the holiday gaiety, what goes on inside it affects most of our daily lives. Story »
The birthday of Japan’s Emperor Akihito was celebrated Tuesday with a celebration at the Consulate General of Japan in Nuuanu. Toyoei Shigeeda, consul general, and his wife, Michiko, welcomed attendees to the event. The emperor’s birthday is actually Dec. 23. He will be 80.
You wonder: How did Toshi Watabayashi become a master mahjong teacher? He tells you: His golf game bit the dust. There's a bit more to it than that, but that's as good a starting point as any. And, as Watabayashi teaches, patient effort is all it takes to get what you're after. Story »
In the past when someone mentioned Niihau shell lei, I wondered why the shells that washed up on Niihau beaches were special. Couldn't a person find similar shells on other island beaches? Which snail species grew the shells? Are people still making the intricate lei? Story »
QUESTION: I flew on a direct flight between Honolulu and San Jose, Calif., on Hawaiian Airlines in September. I am trying to make reservations again for the same direct flight, but trips are unavailable. Story »
Straight people no longer have exclusive domain on paying alimony in Hawaii and the hammer-wielding comic book avenger Thor has a local wannabe as we "flASHback" on November news that amused and confused: Story »
For my mother-in-law, Veronica Ibera, there was never a wrong time to sing. She had a piano in her living room that she taught herself to play and a lovely voice, with which she'd break into song in the car, at the market, while keeping a careful eye on her grandchildren in the park. Story »
The landscape is something we see every day. It is as familiar as a member of the family, yet we seldom think about how it got to be that way. The study of landscape and its formation is called geomorphology. Story »
The astronomical story that is drawing the most attention this fall is Comet ISON. Comet ISON (official label: C/2012 S1) was discovered on Sept. 21, 2012, when it glowed at a feeble magnitude 18. Story »
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Kokua Team Comes Together Again
Local entertainers are answering the call to help those affected in the Philippines and will perform as part of Kokua for the Philippines, which takes place Dec. 15 from noon to 5 p.m. on Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Great Lawn. Read More »