October 29, 2013 |
Hawaiian Airlines is to begin offering nonstop service from Los Angeles to the Big Island and Kauai starting in June. Hawaiian 's flights from LAX to Kona (KOA) on the Big Island and Lihue (LIH) on Kauai will be seasonal, unlike other airlines that offer year-round, nonstop flights to these islands. Flights to Kona will be offered beginning June 26 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the airline said. The Lihue route, which is to begin June 27, will operate Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
October 21, 2013 |
The NHL's Wheel of Justice got several vigorous spins Monday, all dealing with infractions that caused head injuries. Colorado forward Cody McLeod was suspended five games for a boarding incident against Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall, New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner got two games for a hit to the head of Carolina forward Nathan Gerbe, and Dallas winger Ryan Garbutt was invited to an in-person interview regarding his ugly hit Sunday...
October 20, 2013 |
HONOLULU - The giant sandbox known as Waikiki Beach, a sunny two-mile-long strip of paradise, welcomes 4.5 million tourists annually. There's only one problem: The sand that makes the beach famous has been slipping into the sea for years, leaving an ever-shrinking shore with vacationers crowded beach mat to beach mat at water's edge. The last few times I visited, I steered clear of the beach because it didn't seem like much fun. Too many people, too little space. So it pleased me to learn about a beach-widening plan that revolved around pumping sand from a couple of spots offshore to the beach.
October 9, 2013 |
The remote Faroe Islands, midway between Scotland and Iceland, will be within the "path of totality" for a total solar eclipse on March 20, 2015. Eclipse-chasers who visit this small group of islands that just 50,000 people call home can expect to see 2 minutes, 9 seconds of totality on that day, if viewing conditions are good. That's the word from Chicago-based Great Canadian Travel Co. , which offers an 11-day eclipse trip that begins and ends in Iceland . Participants fly from Iceland to the islands to see Torshavn , the capital, and the islands' rugged side places such as Roykstovan, Gjogv, Eidi and other villages.
October 3, 2013 |
ROME - European and Italian officials were once again struggling Thursday to come up with ways to stop desperate African migrants from perishing in the Mediterranean after at least 114 people drowned when their boat caught fire and capsized. During a frantic rescue operation using fishing boats, helicopters and coast guard vessels, more than 150 people were pulled from the water off the Italian island of Lampedusa, which is 70 miles from the African coast and a popular destination for migrant sailings.
October 1, 2013 |
Call it the Great Walrus Haulout of 2013. Look closely at the picture above and you'll see an estimated 10,000 walruses ( Odobenus rosmarus) that have hauled their great girth out of the water and onto a small barrier island in northwestern Alaska to rest between food-foraging dives. It's an emerging walrus city (zoomable photo here ), and it has grown steadily over the last few weeks. Photos: Five of the ugliest animals on the planet On Sept. 12, researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studying arctic marine mammals counted 1,500 to 4,000 walruses piling onto the island.
October 1, 2013 |
You can help the environment and get stunning views at the same time, thanks to a new eco-tour on Hawaii's Big Island. Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods has begun offering daily off-road tours to the 1,000-acre site on the northern slope of Mauna Kea volcano where the company plans to regrow what was once a forest of koa , the largest native tree in the state. The forest once belonged to King Kamehameha the Great, Hawaii 's first king. It was clear-cut about a century ago to create land for farming and ranching.
September 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- A gunman walked into a lighting company Wednesday and shot two workers, one fatally, before fleeing and prompting the lockdown of a massive shopping mall, schools, and some highway exits east of New York City as police searched for the shooter. Nassau Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said at a news briefing the suspected shooter was believed to be a “disgruntled ex-vendor” of Savenergy Inc., who had shot the company's owner and an employee. He did not say which of the victims had died.
September 15, 2013 |
More often than it should, my mind slips away to Alaska. To follow, you'd need to fly to Anchorage, rent a car, then drive to Homer, as I did in the summer of 1994. Homer is nice - a quirky hamlet on the Kenai Peninsula where eagles fly, bears swat at leaping salmon and your halibut might outweigh you. But Homer is only the jumping-off spot for my daydreams. My happy place is six miles across Kachemak Bay: Halibut Cove, once a fishing settlement on the island of Ismailof, then a ghost town, now an artists colony and summer apparition.
September 13, 2013 |
"What do you think of 'Orange Is the New Black?'" Since Netflix's series about life in a women's prison premiered this summer, I've fielded the same question from almost everyone I know. I guess it's because I have some experience on the subject. Before I got clean, I spent many years in and out of jails and correctional institutions. I did a short stint at New York City's Rikers Island in 1995, and participated in a six-month alternative-to-incarceration program administered by the Women's Prison Assn.