US defence chief Chuck Hagel offers Hawaii meeting to ease Asian tensions

Chuck Hagel

The US defence chief Chuck Hagel offered to host a meeting of Southeast Asian defence ministers in Hawaii next year, and at the same time sought to ease China's doubts over the US' military "pivot" to Asia.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 11:54am 3 comments

Chinese enjoy real Hawaii

The living room of a house in upmarket Kahala.

The mainland has its "Chinese Hawaii" - the tropical, palm-fringed Hainan Island - but Hongkongers and mainlanders are developing a taste for the real deal. Hawaii is expected to have 96,000 visitors from China this year, and that number is tipped to double by 2015.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:14am

Curiosity discovers soil on Mars is like sand in Hawaii

Images released by Nasa show the Curiosity rover taking a scoop of dirt from the surface of Mars. The rover uses an X-ray imager to analyse the atomic structure of crystals discovered in the soil. Photo: AP

In the first inventory of minerals on another planet, Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity found soil that bears a striking resemblance to weathered, volcanic sand in Hawaii, scientists said.

The rover employs an X-ray imager to reveal the atomic structures of crystals in the Martian soil, the first time the technology has been used to analyse soil beyond earth.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Tsunami alert for Hawaii after quake off western Canada

The Earthquake struck near the Queen Charlotte islands.

A magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada, with residents in parts of British Columbia evacuated, but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed, with no reports of major damage.

A tsunami alert triggered by the quake set off alarms in Hawaii, with authorities forcing a state-wide evacuation.

29 Oct 2012 - 4:56pm

Tsunami warning for Hawaii downgraded

A tsunami warning for Hawaii has been downgraded to an advisory on Sunday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

Evacuation orders were also lifted for coastal areas, a Hawaii civil defence official said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Curiosity finds Mars rock similar to Hawaiian stone

A handout photo provided by NASA on 11 October 2012 and taken by the Curiosity rover's right Mast Camera (Mastcam-100) on 22 September 2012, shows a rock known as 'Jake Matijevic' with the red dots showing where the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument zapped it with its laser. Photo: EPA

When scientists selected a rock to test the Mars rover Curiosity's laser, they expected it to contain the same minerals as rocks found elsewhere on the red planet, but learned instead it was more similar to a rock found on earth.

13 Oct 2012 - 4:49am

Investors ride the Hawaii appreciation wave

A view of Sandy Beach on southeast Oahu, Hawaii. Photo: Oahu Visitors Bureau

Hawaii has long been a favourite destination for Asian travellers and property investors. The recent addition of direct flights from Shanghai and Beijing has doubled the number of Chinese visitors and the impact is being felt in the luxury property markets. Several new developments, including the Trump International Waikiki, report the bulk of sales to Asian property owners.

11 Oct 2012 - 6:21pm 4 comments

Go nuts

The macadamia is one of the most luxurious of nuts. Large, round, sweet and extremely rich and fatty, the macadamia is also one of the most expensive, largely because the smooth, seamless shell is extremely difficult to crack, needing a reported 21kg of pressure per square centimetre.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Island life isn't always a breeze

The word aloha has always had a certain mystique about it. Its most common usage today is as a greeting, similar to hello and goodbye. Originating from proto-Polynesian language, the word, in fact, is far more encompassing than a simple greeting.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

What is it? Situated away from the hustle and bustle of Hawaii's popular tourist areas, such as Wailea and Lahaina, the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a 463-room luxury resort covering 22 hectares of a former pineapple plantation.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Hawaiians on a financial fast track

A new wave of young financial minds is set to roll in from Honolulu to Hong Kong under a training scheme to propel disadvantaged Hawaiians from poverty into the financial hubs of Asia.

The scheme is the work of the Akamai Foundation, a public-private partnership linked to Akamai Capital, an asset management firm with interests in several Asian markets.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

On the shelf

I love sake that has been infused with seasonal fruit and flowers, such as plum and sakura - the latter is available only when cherry blossoms are in bloom. Recently, while browsing the shelves of TFH Super (shop B, Tung Lam Mansion, 43 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 2548 5333), which specialises in Japanese products, I came across yuzu sake and yamamomo sake.

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Long road leads to Hawaii for record number of HK entrants

On any given Saturday morning, dozens and dozens of triathletes - many on the latest, high-end carbon-fibre time-trial bikes weighing the equivalent of a large bag of rice - zip along Cheung Tung Road, the service road that runs from Tung Chung town to Hong Kong Disneyland.

11 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Style meter


Big pockets

Easy-to-wear tees and tanks with over-sized pockets are the new celeb favourite.

Digital watches

They have a cool 1980s feel to them and are fun for the summer.

Striped tees

Mix horizontal and vertical stripes for a cool look.


5 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Big deal

Hawaii continues to be one of the world's most distinctive holiday destinations, and the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has a special rate for families looking for multiple rooms. For each room or suite guests reserve, beginning with the partial ocean view category, they receive a second partial ocean view, ocean view, or ocean view prime room at 50 per cent off the standard rate.

29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am