Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change might not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society."
Some Molokai residents are hailing four arrested fishermen as heroes for protecting their island's resources from outsiders. Four Molokai men pleaded not guilty Thursday in a Maui courtroom to allegedly boarding a vessel in May and threatening the people on board, a group of divers from Oahu.
Gov. David Ige described the Pahoa community as being "upbeat" as it contends with ongoing threats tied to the so-called June 27 lava flow. "It's very encouraging to see the community come together," he said.
Hawaii County plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling invalidating a county law restricting genetically modified crops on the island. The County Council voted 5-4 to appeal the ruling, West Hawaii Today reported Thursday.
Burglaries, car break-ins and stolen vehicles all fell in November in Hawaii island's Puna district after invading lava prompted Mayor Billy Kenoi to declare a state of emergency that includes increased penalties for some crimes committed there.
The front of Kilauea's so-called June 27 lava flow advanced about 225 yards in a north-northeast direction from Friday to Saturday morning. The flow front remained about 1.7 miles upslope of the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection.
John York, who owns a small printing business here, nearly fell out of his chair the other day when he opened his electric bill. For October, he had paid $376. For November, with virtually no change, his bill came to $788, a staggering increase of 110 percent.
Montana has never been known as a black-tie place. But this winter, when lawmakers arrive at the state Capitol, they will have to abide by a new dress code: No more jeans. And female lawmakers "should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines."
Allistair and Lina Sione were enjoying lives of quiet contentment, raising their two little boys in American Samoa, when they found out she had cancer. They made the move to Hawaii this summer "with a mission to beat my advanced stage 3 breast cancer," she said.
Crackling sounds resonated underfoot while geologists walked along the stalled lava flow along the fence line of the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station on Monday afternoon. "Lava is sharp, even though it's not hot," warned Janet Babb.
People living in Hawaii island communities where coqui frogs have become established are growing tolerant of the amphibians. Emily Kalnicky studied 85 private properties in 12 communities across the island in 2008.
One of the last remnants of Maui's plantation era is getting closer to receiving historic status. The Old Kahului Railroad Building has been nominated to the Hawaii and national registers of historic places.
The Nature Conservancy has acquired a conservation easement to preserve a 922-acre area with an ancient forest and disappearing stream on Hawaii island. West Hawaii Today reported last week that the land will serve as an outdoor ecology laboratory for students at UH Hilo.
Rocky Seaman and Stacey Holokahi are Hawaiian single moms who keep up a grinding pace of working and taking care of their children on top of pursuing college degrees that might be the ticket to a better life.
The video is simple: A Maryland woman sneaks up to surprise her Marine husband, arriving at a California base after he served a year in Afghanistan. She stands directly in front of him for about a minute before he realizes she's there.
A new fence now in place on Kauai's North Shore is expected to protect endangered birds and rare native plants from cats and other predators.
The fence protects an 8-mile section of the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, The Garden Island newspaper reported this week.
As a ribbon of lava continued to advance Wednesday toward Pahoa, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials were planning to meet Thursday with businesses and shop owners whose buildings may be in harm's way.
The new lava flow front above Pahoa advanced an additional 400 yards Tuesday, but scientists expect the flow to slow over the next few days as it approaches less-steep terrain and the amount of lava feeding the flow lessens.
An active breakout near an abandoned geothermal well has been declared the new flow front, a stream of lava that could threaten the Pahoa area in as soon as 12 days if it continues on its current pace.
The best place in the world to find a giant Hawaiian star compass, it turns out, is a chilly bluff some 4,600 miles from Hawaii where the winds whip hills dotted with sheep and the Pacific Ocean feels like ice water.
This Christmas, Marlisa Smith has to choose between paying the bills or getting a little something for her three girls. Smith worries most about not keeping up with daughter Ashley's medical bills; they've been accumulating since she was born with a severe brain abnormality, mental retardation and autism seven years ago.
Hawaii County officials reopened a section of Pahoa's main road at noon Wednesday with police and Hawaii National Guard troops in the area to make sure drivers didn't stop to get a look at hardened lava within 500 feet of the road.
The lava threatening Pahoa has effectively stalled, giving neighbors a reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving — while also raising anxieties about where molten rock flowing out of Kilauea Volcano will turn next.
Predicting where the June 27 lava flow will go next is a fluid undertaking.
In addition to the original topography of the landscape affected by lava flows, workers with Hawaii County Civil Defense must consider changes made to the topography by the hardened lava left on the surface and how that will alter future flows.
A prominent Hawaii shark expert incarcerated for child pornography charges will return to his state job when his sentence is over. Randy Honebrink will retain his title as aquatic resource information and education coordinator when he completes his sentence next month.
Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who won a second term in the U.S. House two weeks ago, gave birth Tuesday to a daughter: Abigail O‘kalani Bowlsbey. The child's arrival, announced by the lawmaker's office Thursday, came a few weeks before her due date.
It's a giant tree so awe-inspiring that the local Maoris named it Tane Mahuta, or "God of the Forest."
But a sad truth, they add, is that before industry and disease claimed most of this country's large kauri trees, Tane Mahuta wasn't so extraordinary.
Scientists and civil defense officials were monitoring lava breakouts behind the stalled flow front in Pahoa, including a new breakout Sunday afternoon that was midway in the 13-mile lava flow, near a system of underground cracks bringing lava downslope.
The leading edge of the lava flow has not advanced in two weeks, but several breakouts remain active and are continuing to advance toward Pahoa, Hawaii County Civil Defense said Saturday morning after an aerial assessment.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl: Keynote speaker is Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., U.S. Pacific Fleet commander. Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.; gates open at 8 a.m. Parking available on first-come, first-served basis. Call 532-3720.
The front of Kilauea's June 27 lava flow remained stalled some 480 feet from Pahoa Village Road as of Sunday morning, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense. The flow has not advanced in the last 10 days.
A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is being undermined by unwitting federal employees and contractors.
Nearly 30 years ago, Hokule'a crews braved the frigid, stormy seas south of the tropics to sail farther than they ever had before. They sailed past a lightning storm, nearly collided with a large sperm whale, and when they finally landed safely in New Zealand, the local Maoris there declared them a new tribe that had found its way home.
For the latest leg of the Hokule'a's worldwide sail, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser will "adopt" James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach -- a way to share the upcoming monthlong canoe journey across New Zealand's North Island as vividly as possible with students back on Oahu.
Even though Hawaii voters rejected allowing public money to be spent on private preschool programs, supporters of the ballot measure say they're glad the campaign raised public awareness of early childhood education.
The state Friday will begin testing surface materials on lava-covered Apaa Street to evaluate possible solutions for rebuilding Puna's main highway if the flow from Kilauea Volcano continues along its current course.
Republicans seized control of the Senate and strengthened their hold on the House in a wave of Election Day victories Tuesday that served as a repudiation of President Barack Obama’s second-term policies and put a series of Democratic-leaning states — including Obama’s home, Illinois — under control of new Republican governors.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard volunteered for and is being called to state active duty by the Hawaii Army National Guard to support Hawaii County's response to the lava flow threatening Pahoa, officials said.
The front of a lava flow threatening Pahoa remained stalled Sunday and had become "relatively cold," but geologists cautioned that the stop-and-start behavior is reminiscent of the flow that overran Kalapana in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Aromas of fried chicken and fish sauce wafted through a high school library as state Sen. David Ige, laugh lines showing, shook hands with supporters and neighborhood residents on a quiet evening in Honolulu.
The leading edge of the lava flowing out of Kilauea Volcano came within 156 yards of crossing Pahoa's main road Thursday -- and less than a half-mile from cutting off Highway 130, the main artery for the 8,200 residents of lower Puna.
Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections.
After traveling a circuitous 13.5-mile route over four months from Kilauea Volcano, the threat from a river of lava suddenly became real Tuesday when it destroyed its first structure on Hawaii island, took on a utility pole wrapped in untested, anti-lava technology and blackened the sky after setting tires on fire.
Large sections of coral reef on Windward Oahu and parts of Kauai are continuing to suffer from high ocean temperatures, raising the risk that they will die, scientists said Friday. Corals stressed by warm waters continue to expel algae.
The dangerous winds of Hurricane Ana missed Kauai and Oahu by just over 50 miles Sunday, but the outer edge of the storm soaked Oahu with more than 24 hours of continuous rain, caused a wastewater spill off Sand Island and left some streets underwater.