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

Hawaii lava oozes across road, gets closer to structures

A  new lobe of lava burned along  Cemetery Road / Apaʻa Street in the community of Pahoa, on Hawaii’s Big Island, after it reached the road on Sunday. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory photo) 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…


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

A breakout of lava burns through vegetation on the outskirts of Pahoa on Hawaii’s Big Island on Thursday afternoon. (USGS / Hawaiian Volcano Observatory photo) 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,…


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

Normally a bustling sidewalk during the day, downtown Hilo’s Kamehameha Avenue is almost empty Thursday as storefronts have been boarded up in preparation for Hurricane Iselle. It’s churning toward the Big Island of Hawaii, especially the Hilo side (Bruce Omori photo / EPA) Here’s what the Big Island of Hawaii faces Thursday afternoon and evening as…


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

Hurricane Iselle (center) and Julio (right) churn across the Pacific toward Hawaii in this Wednesday morning satellite image provided by NOAA. It’s unclear how damaging they will be, but residents are getting prepared and some companies are letting travelers change  Hawaii vacation plans without penalties. (AP/NOAA photo) With Hurricane Iselle bearing down on Hawaii, airlines are…


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 shopper passes a flower stand at the Saturday farmers market at Kauai Community College. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times) 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…


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

May 30, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Here’s a Kauai secret to keep for your next trip

The view into Kauai’s Kalalau Valley often involves waiting for wispy clouds to clear — or you can be in a total whiteout if you time it wrong. (photo by Barbara A. Cantwell) Aloha from Kauai. I’m in Hawaii for a week to do reporting for some future Seattle Times stories, and I already have a Kauai…


Comments | More in Hawaii, Trip reports | Topics: Hawaii, kalalau lookout, kalalau valley

April 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

No go! for Hawaii travelers after airline shuts down

Tourists disembark from a Hawaii flight on go! after one of the carrier’s early flights. The inter-island carrier shut down this month. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, 2006) 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…


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

March 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Cheap and scenic: Take the bus around Oahu

You can easily get to this North Shore beach on Oahu by bus from Honolulu. (Kristin Jackson / The Seattle Times) 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…


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

Fo some flights to Molokai, be ready for little planes like this one of Mokulele Airlines. Hawaiian Airlines now is offering service from Honolulu to Molokai and Lanai on 48-passenger planes.  (Kristin Jackson / The Seattle Times, 2013 A new Hawaii  inter-island service, from Honolulu to the small islands of Molokai and Lanai, is being started by More

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

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