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

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 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

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

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

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

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