The tale of the $20,000 orchid begins in Thailand. On a visit there in 1984 to find new species for his family's nursery on Hawaii island, Moriyasu Akatsuka purchased plants that had been harvested from the wild. It took three years for him to nurse them to optimal health. Story »
In what some are calling a strong sign of better economic times in Las Vegas, the long-awaited debut of Downtown Summerlin took place this month. It was originally slated to open in 2009, but was mothballed until last year due to the economic downturn. Story »
As if visiting the Paris Catacombs in the daytime wasn't creepy enough, you can now visit the underground maze of skeletons after nightfall, too. That is, if you dare defy the warning at the entrance: "Stop, this is the empire of Death." Story »
The 6-acre town of Swett, S.D., is for sale with its house, two trailers, workshop and operational tavern for $430,000. Not too pricey a deal except that as owner-mayor you'd be expected to live there. Story »
While on a business trip in Seoul, Elise Louie of Honolulu discovered Kona Beans Coffee Shop in the famous Gangnam district. “I enjoyed a midmorning espresso macchiato in this swanky coffee cafe while listening to K-pop music,” she said. “Gangnam Style!”
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