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July 18, 2005 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
An overcast morning blossomed into a warm afternoon with calm winds to greet the last 20 starters of the 2,225-mile Transpacific Yacht Race from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Honolulu. The other 55 yachts departed on July 11 and 15. The staggered starts, classified by size, give each yacht the opportunity to reach Hawaii first. Among those leaving Sunday was Roy E.
April 13, 2003 | Jeffrey Selin, Special to The Times
Molokini Island, the captain of our catamaran said, is the best snorkel spot in Hawaii. The five-hour morning jaunt, at $75 each, took us to a half-moon-shaped crater two miles off Maui's southwest shore that met my expectations for paradise. The lava rock reef, a marine and bird sanctuary, was home to thousands of colorful, oddly shaped fish with tongue-twisting names. Flocks of birds chattered atop the island's promontories. Haleakala Crater rose majestically above the Maui coastline.
August 21, 1988 | GREGORY CROUCH, Times Staff Writer
Twenty-nine years ago, Ed Hogan had to resort to making speeches in order to convince residents in Point Pleasant, N.J.--where he was a travel agent--that Hawaii really was heaven on Earth and not paradise lost. Hogan had gone to Hawaii many times as a charter pilot, but folks in the Garden State thought it was too far away, too exotic and not as hospitable as Europe or the Jersey shore.
The sandy cove and turquoise, reef-patched, shallow waters of Oahu's Hanauma Bay are rimmed by palm trees and volcanic cliffs. It is just the image that draws millions of vacationers to Hawaii each year, making tourism its No. 1 industry. But below the surface, precious corals that grow an average of an inch a year are being crunched by reef-hopping snorkelers who leave behind balding coral heads, a sign of coral death. Tanning oils leave slicks on the sea.
July 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
Four years after launching a major expansion outside the islands, Hawaii-themed retailer Hilo Hattie has pulled back, eliminating half its mainland stores after learning demographic lessons about selling tropical merchandise outside its home market. Although Hilo Hattie stores in Southern California and Las Vegas have fared well, other mainland outlets have struggled. In April, Hilo Hattie closed its second-largest store, a 23,000-square-foot mall anchor in Tempe, Ariz.
February 27, 2013 | Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
How do you follow the purchase of an island in Hawaii? If you're Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison, you buy an airline so you can hop to and from your tropical paradise. Ellison has been on a shopping spree lately, buying 98% of the island of Lanai in June from Los Angeles billionaire David Murdock and then, in November, buying a beachfront Malibu home from film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Ellison's most risky acquisition may be Island Air, which he bought Wednesday through a holding company.
He's not faster than a speeding bullet. He can't leap tall buildings. In fact, "Aloha Man," as he calls himself, doesn't do much at all, other than stand real still while dressed as a palm tree. But, by situating himself in a small pond beside the sidewalk that runs along the beach in Waikiki, Shawn Ball, the 27-year-old man behind the palm fronds, is making enough money off tourists to survive.
April 26, 1988 | TOM FURLONG, Times Staff Writer
As anxious homeowners arrived at the Maunawili grade school gymnasium for a protest meeting in late March, they could see the handwriting on the wall--quite literally. There, handwritten on long scrolls of vanilla-colored paper, were the names of scores of familiar enterprises--Central Pacific Bank, Honolulu International Country Club--that had something significant in common: all had Japanese owners.
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