May 2, 2013 |
You may think your kid is a princess, but in New Zealand , you can't name her that. Not officially, anyway. "Princess" is on a lengthy list of names banned in the last six months by the New Zealand government, which requires parents to register the names of their newborns. Under the rules, you cannot give your offspring a name that is excessively lengthy, offensive or includes an official title “without adequate justification,” the Australian Associated Press reports.
October 28, 2012 |
A family getaway to Santa Cruz proved this eccentric beach town along California's Central Coast is fun enough for a 5-year-old yet cool enough for a teenager. The excitement of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk entertained our young daughter, while the Australian exchange student we're hosting zigzagged her way in and out of trendy stores on Pacific Avenue. We were in town to cheer on my wife, who was playing roller derby against the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats. Here's what we did with the rest of our time.
November 7, 2011 |
Old core workout: Crunches and planks. New core workout: Almost anything, as long as it's an all-body movement that forces you to stabilize yourself. As the trend to functional fitness grows, activities that involve compound movements - such as kettlebell swings, heavy-rope whips, hula hooping, even a dumbbell bench press on an unstable surface - are increasingly recognized as terrific core builders that can improve posture and performance in all sports as well as reduce injuries.
July 25, 2011 |
Feel free to move about the cabin -- and hula. Twenty performers from San Francisco's Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu hula troupe stepped from their seats and started dancing on a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu earlier this month. A video released by Hawaiian Airlines, above, shows the troupe singing "Ke Aloha" as well as "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" as music flows from the plane's speakers. Flash mobs often use airports as their stage, but there's something fun about the surprise factor at 38,000 feet in the air (unless you're trying to sleep or work)
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April 11, 2011 |
With gas prices on the rise, Cherie Bolger ditched her SUV and started riding a bicycle to work. It's not a pleasant experience, normally. If a motorist doesn't cut her off, someone opens a car door in front of her, said the 44-year-old mother of two from Silver Lake. But for five blissful hours Sunday, Bolger, her family and thousands of other self-propelled Angelenos had the run of the road -- not a car in sight. The city's second CicLAvia event closed 7 1/2 miles of roadway to traffic, turning streets usually choked with cars and exhaust into a playground for bikers, skateboarders, runners, dog-walkers, in-line skaters and hula-hoopers.
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January 31, 2011 |
Gretchen Clarke, who with her husband, Waltah, built what was once the nation's largest retailer of aloha wear, has died. She was 78. Clarke died Jan. 22 of kidney failure at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, her son Cameron said. Waltah Clarke's Hawaiian Shops started in the 1950s and grew to more than 30 stores on the mainland and in Hawaii. His first store opened in Palm Springs in 1952 before the Clarkes met, but over the years Gretchen designed most of the company's clothes and prints and "ran the business," Cameron said.