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January 5, 2014 | Staff and wire reports
Webb Simpson wanted to give his caddie something good to see on television. He delivered a five-under-par 68 that gave Simpson a three-way tie for the lead with Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth going into the final round of the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, Hawaii. Simpson said he played with a heavy heart Sunday upon learning that the newborn son of his caddie, Paul Tesori , was in intensive care. He said that players and caddies are sending along their best to Tesori, and that Simpson rarely went a hole without thinking about him. But he played some good golf on a beautiful day, getting into the mix of a wild tournament.
January 5, 2014 | By Ken Van Vechten
Before the economy tanked, my favorite golf getaway spots were also the most expensive golf getaway spots in the land: Las Vegas, Hawaii, Scottsdale, Ariz. Prices have declined, but there still are many ways to drop $200 or more - in some instances way more - on a round of golf. Fear not. On a recent trip to one of those faves, the Hawaiian Islands, and Kauai in particular, my wife, Terri, and I took it upon ourselves to find good golf that is not expensive golf. We are pleased to report that, no, you don't have to sell your kids to play golf in Kauai.
January 1, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The 70 th anniversary of the launch of USS Missouri will be celebrated Feb. 1 at Pearl Harbor, where the famed battleship is berthed as a museum. The ship was christened Jan. 29, 1944, as World War II raged in the Pacific. On the Missouri's deck on Sept. 2, 1945, as it was anchored in Tokyo Bay, the Japanese signed the documents of surrender that ended the war. Actors portraying wartime heroes, including Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Adm. Chester Nimitz, both of whom signed the historic documents for the United States, will participate in “living history” activities at the Oahu landmark.
December 31, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
KAILUA, Hawaii - President Obama has never been one for the New Year's Eve blowout - and Tuesday appeared to be no exception. The first family spent the last day of 2013 snorkeling with parrotfish and green sea turtles at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, slipping into the waters of the famed reef on a day it was blissfully closed to other tourists. The president has shown himself to be a creature of habit during his low-key vacation here on Oahu; the Obamas have snorkeled in the same spot on a number of other winter retreats here.
December 18, 2013 | By Anh Do
Orange County is offering more than $1 million in incentives to airlines willing to make direct flights to Hawaii, Mexico and Washington, D.C., out of John Wayne Airport. The last flight to Hawaii out of Orange County was in 2010, the year Continental Airlines pulled out of the market. John Wayne has never had direct service to the nation's capital. Orange County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a package of $1.3 million in incentives and rent discounts to entice airlines.
December 17, 2013 | By Jay Jones
A wealth of movies will bring a blend of education and entertainment next month to the Big Island and will include several premiere screenings, one of which was produced by ukulele legend Eddie Kamae. The Waimea Ocean Film Festival begins Jan. 2 and continues for nine days at various venues on Hawaii . More than 50 documentary and feature films  will be shown. Among the titles are several highlighting Hawaiian culture. Others examine environmental issues, including the oceans.
December 12, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A small plane with nine people aboard went down off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Molokai, killing one person -- the state's health department director, Loretta Fuddy.  The Wednesday crash put an unexpected spotlight on Fuddy, 65, who had helped implement Obamacare, the state's new gay marriage law and, perhaps most notably to conspiracy theorists, verified and approved the release of President Obama's birth certificate.  During the...
December 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
How do Hawaiians get in the Christmas spirit? With a festive parade, a gift fair, a gingerbread creation and a colorful tree. In December, at least 17 Oahu communities will celebrate with parades, and visitors are welcome to join in. Saturday will mark the return of the West Oahu Holiday Electric Light Parade to Kapolei, about 25 miles northwest of Waikiki. The procession, which will include 40 units -- two marching bands will take part too -- begins at 6 p.m. at the Kapolei Fairgrounds and travels to the Kapolei Hale (city hall)
December 10, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Small Ship Safaris has added Hawaii to its list of destinations, with nature and cultural cruises of the islands. The seven-night Hawaii Seascapes journey begins with passengers boarding the 36-passenger Safari Explorer on Molokai or at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. Stops on the itinerary include Honomalino Bay on the Big Island, West Maui, Lanai and Molokai, where visitors explore Hawaiian culture and get a lesson in poi making. Other activities include snorkeling with giant manta rays and sea turtles, exploring coral gardens and cruising through the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, one of the world's most important whale habitats.
December 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Hawaii officials have shut down an area of water just off the southern coast of Maui after a kayaker was killed in an apparent shark attack there Monday. It was the second such death in Maui this year, continuing a worrisome trend for Hawaii after a decade of relative quiet that has been disturbed by an increase in shark attacks over the last two years. On Monday, Patrick A. Briney, 57, of Stevenson, Wash., was fishing and kayaking with a friend somewhere between Maui and the tiny island of Molokini -- which is about 2 1/2 miles off Maui's south shore -- when his friend heard him cry out, according to the Maui County Police Department.
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