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Category: Hawaii
November 10, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Hawaii lava oozes across road, gets closer to structures

Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano oozed close to a residential structure Monday morning. The main front of the lava flow has been stalled since Oct. 30 on the outskirts of the village of Pahoa on the Big Island. But fingers of molten rock are extruding from behind the stalled leading edge, and on Sunday and…

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Hawaii volcano | Topics: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, June 27th lava flow

October 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Get a close (online) look at Hawaii lava flow

With lava oozing toward homes and businesses in a  village on Hawaii’s Big Island, tourists (and islanders) want to see the flow of molten rock. But legally you can’t. For public safety, and for the privacy of those whose buildings are threatened in the village of Pahoa, the land where the lava has flowed is closed…

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Kilauea Volcano, lava flow | Topics: Big Island, June 27 lava flow, lava

August 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Wind, rain, massive surf for Big Island as hurricane nears

Here’s what the Big Island of Hawaii faces Thursday afternoon and evening as Hurricane Iselle makes landfall, with sustained winds of about 75 mp expected along with torrential rain and high surf/storm surge. This advisory below is from the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, which will issue new alerts  through the afternoon…

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Hurricanes | Topics: Big Island, Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Hurricane Iselle

August 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Airlines, hotels drop change fees as hurricane heads to Hawaii

With Hurricane Iselle bearing down on Hawaii, airlines are letting travelers waive flight-change fees and some are offering refunds/credit for passengers who want to cancel completely. And they’re warning passengers that flights to and from the islands could be disrupted on Aug. 7-8. Hotels such as the major Outrigger chain, with dozens of properties in Hawaii, …

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Hurricanes | Topics: Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines

June 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Farmers markets are an every-day thing (almost) on Kauai

A few years ago when I did an article on Waikiki on the Cheap, I discovered the worth-waking-up-early-for Saturday farmers market at the community college parking lot on the road to Diamond Head. Not only was there local produce such as papaya and starfruit, there were glorious tropical flowers to take back to the rented…

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Trip reports | Topics: farmers markets, hawaii farmers markets, Kauai

April 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

No go! for Hawaii travelers after airline shuts down

If you’re looking to book flights between Hawaii’s islands, you’ve got one less airline to choose from. The inter-island carrier go! has stopped all inter-island flights after struggling financially. Its parent company, the Arizona-based Mesa Airlines, is pulling the planes back to the mainland U.S. for code-share flights with United Airlines and US Airways. Go! had operated…

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Comments | More in airlines, Hawaii | Topics: go! Airlines

March 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Cheap and scenic: Take the bus around Oahu

Recently I wrote about taking a spectacularly scenic drive around the Hawaiian island of  Oahu, suggesting places to stop and sightsee along the way. But Seattle Times reader Bronson Swanson has a suggestion:  Instead of driving a rental car, take the city bus on the same route. It saves money  and the environment, says Swanson. The bus…

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Scenic drive | Topics: North Shore, Oahu, TheBus

February 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

New flights to Hawaii’s little islands

A new Hawaii  inter-island service, from Honolulu to the small islands of Molokai and Lanai, is being started by Hawaiian Airlines. To mark the new turbo-prop  service (called ‘Ohana by Hawaiian and using 48-passenger ATR-42 aircraft), the airline is offering $59 one-way fares for tickets booked through Feb. 17 for travel through April 17  between…

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Comments | More in airlines, Hawaii | Topics: Hawaiian Airlines, mokulele airlines

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