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Hawaii for beach hatersupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 07:35:00

What's the first thing you think of when you think of Hawaii? The foaming-white sea lapping at a golden-sand beach surrounded by palm trees swaying in the breeze? Well, sure -- Hawaii's one of the world's ultimate beach destinations, an island paradise made for basking in the sun sipping daiquiris or hitting the waves to surf some righteous tubes.

Civil unions now permitted in Hawaiiupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 05:25:00

Four same-sex couples in the Aloha State celebrate the new year with 'I dos' in Hawaii's first civil unions ceremony.

4 dead in Hawaii fireworks storage explosion, official saysupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 12:28:00

An explosion at a Hawaii storage facility that housed fireworks left four people dead Friday, the Honolulu Police Department said.

Researchers: Hawaii may get hit with trash from Japan's tsunamiupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 08:08:00

The Hawaiian islands may get a new and unwelcome addition in coming months -- a giant new island of debris floating in from Japan.

Tsunami wave hits Hawaiiupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 10:20:00

Tsunami warnings are issued for dozens of countries and territories after an 8.9-magnitude quake struck Japan.

Tsunami caused tens of millions of dollars in damage in Hawaiiupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 10:20:00

Hawaii's Governor Neil Abercrombie said the tsunami has caused tens of millions of dollars in damage and he plans to visit some of the damaged areas Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Gas prices up 28 cents in 10 daysupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 14:38:00

Gas prices continued to rise nationwide Friday, with the average price per gallon up nearly 28 cents in the past 10 days.

Hawaii governor signs civil union bill into lawupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 11:02:00

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed into law a bill that will legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in the Aloha State.

Hawaii governor signs civil union billupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 11:02:00

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signs a civil union bill making Hawaii the seventh state to recognize civil unions in the U.S.

Hawaii Legislature passes civil unions bill; governor will sign itupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 10:13:00

Hawaii's Senate has given final passage to a measure legalizing same-sex unions in the state, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he will sign it.

Passengers lost in Hawaii plane crashupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 11:34:00

Helicopters and boats aid in the search for two passengers missing after an ultralight crash in Hawaii.

Dinner cruise boat runs aground off Hawaiiupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 08:16:00

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a dinner-cruise boat carrying 60 passengers to run aground off the coast of Hawaii, the Coast Guard said Friday.

Hawaii man arrested on terrorism-related chargeupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 13:08:00

Authorities have charged a 21-year-old Hawaii man with "making false statements in a matter involving international terrorism," the U.S. Justice Department said.

Family feud may give GOP rare Hawaii victoryupdated: Fri May 21 2010 16:14:00

An intra-party fight among Democrats most likely will allow Republicans to win a House seat in a place they rarely win congressional elections: Hawaii.

Hawaii lawmakers pass civil unions billupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 11:51:00

Legislators in Hawaii have passed a civil unions bill that would give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.

Earthquake hits off Hawaii's coastupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 10:43:00

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck Hawaii on Monday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Harnessing Hawaii's wave powerupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 08:27:00

Earth's Frontiers travels to Hawaii, where the U.S. military and Ocean Power Technologies to harness wave power.

Tropical Storm Felicia to lash Hawaiiupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 09:06:00

Tropical Storm Felicia is expected to cause localized flooding in Hawaii as it hits Tuesday, forecasters said.

Hurricane Felicia waning on its way to Hawaiiupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 20:21:00

Hurricane Felicia weakened Friday as it headed toward Hawaii and may continue to wane, but forecasters have not discounted the threat of flooding on the island chain.

Hurricane Felicia weakensupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 20:21:00

CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider has the latest on Hurricane Felicia and the weekend weather outlook.

Hurricane Felicia strengthens, heads toward Hawaiiupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 12:59:00

Hurricane Felicia had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph Thursday, but forecasters predicted the storm, which is heading toward Hawaii, would weaken in the Pacific later in the day.

Apnea, early starts blamed in Hawaii pilots' napupdated: Mon Aug 03 2009 20:26:00

A pilot's sleep disorder and a string of early mornings helped cause the crew of a commuter jet to fall asleep during a flight over Hawaii in 2008, federal investigators reported Monday.

2 soldiers killed in Hawaii helicopter crashupdated: Thu May 28 2009 01:00:00

A helicopter crash at an Army airfield in Hawaii killed two soldiers Wednesday, military officials said.

Island DIY: Kauai residents don't wait for state to repair roadupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 15:51:00

Their livelihood was being threatened, and they were tired of waiting for government help, so business owners and residents on Hawaii's Kauai island pulled together and completed a $4 million repair job to a state park -- for free.

Volunteers make Hawaii repairsupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 15:51:00

Volunteers use heavy machinery to make repairs to a flood-damaged bridge on Kauai island.

Traveling to Hawaii on the cheapupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 09:37:00

In an attempt to be frugal amid the economic downturn, Karl Stetson and his family in Seattle, Washington, planned to skip their annual trip to Hawaii.

Where the travel deals areupdated: Tue Nov 25 2008 10:45:00

Stop brooding over the financial crisis, and start packing.

Get the most out of safarisupdated: Tue Nov 25 2008 10:45:00

CNN's Business Traveller Producer, Ayesha Durgahee explains how visitors armed with foreign currency, can get the most out of Africa. Should Hawaii Rewrite Its Constitution -- Again?updated: Thu Oct 30 2008 18:00:00

On Nov. 4, three states have a choice to start up constitutional conventions on Nov. 4. Hawaii should be a lesson for them -- and itself

Fighting the tide of plastic bags in a world awash with wasteupdated: Sat Jul 19 2008 01:17:00

"You can't leave the ocean to take care of itself," says a surfer interviewed in the remarkable film "Hawaii: Message in the Waves". Hawaii's New Export: Trashupdated: Mon Jul 14 2008 16:00:00

With sugar cane and pineapples fading, Hawaii's next big export to the U.S. mainland could be less sweet

CNNMoney: Gas prices slip from recordupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 09:02:00

Retail gas prices backed away from their record highs overnight, a daily survey by motorist group AAA showed on Thursday.

CNNMoney: Gas prices post 3rd straight recordupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 06:43:00

Retail gas prices have risen to an all-time high for the third straight day, according to a survey from motorist group AAA.

CNNMoney: Hawaii suffers a tourism blowupdated: Wed Jun 25 2008 18:24:00

A balmy breeze gently blows across the beach, with the warm, clear water of the Pacific Ocean just a few feet away. It's a place honeymooners and families go to get away from it all. But these days, things aren't so perfect in paradise.

CNNMoney: Inflation hits hard in Hawaiiupdated: Thu Jun 19 2008 16:42:00

Imagine going to your local grocery store and paying over $8 for a jar of Jif peanut butter. How about $5.50 for a loaf of white bread, $6.50 for a gallon of milk or $7.19 for a half-gallon of orange juice?

CNNMoney: Summer vacations get downsizedupdated: Wed May 21 2008 10:45:00

In honor of his last big family vacation before his son graduates from high school and joins the Marines, Mark Fitzgerald booked a trip to Hawaii this summer.

Native Hawaiians blockade historic palaceupdated: Thu May 01 2008 07:44:00

A group of native Hawaiians occupied the grounds of the old Hawaiian monarchy's royal residence Wednesday, vowing to stay and do the business of the kingdom's government.

Airline bankruptcies likely to push Hawaii fares upupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 10:45:00

The abrupt shutdowns of ATA Airlines and Aloha Airlines won't keep travelers off Hawaii's shores altogether, but they could make an already expensive vacation destination even pricier and potentially put the leis and luaus out of reach for many.

The best seasons to book dream getawaysupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 10:32:00

For years, I've persuaded my family that it's my very important job that causes me to put off booking trips. But the real problem is twofold: I'm often convinced that if I plan too far ahead, something better will come along; and I'm as addicted as an online gambler to last-minute offers.

Chelsea in Hawaiiupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 02:59:00

The former first daughter Chelsea Clinton helps her mom campaigns in Hawaii. Affiliate KHON reports.

McCain gets a boostupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 02:45:00

CNN Deputy political director Paul Steinhauser discusses the latest news from the campaign trail.

150 delegates up for grabs Tuesdayupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 02:45:00

In the frantic race for the Democratic nomination, where every delegate counts, states like Hawaii, Wisconsin and Washington are now playing a bigger role in slimming down the race.

U.S. to shoot down satellite Wednesday, official saysupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 21:18:00

A Navy team including some 200 industry experts and scientists has been working furiously since January to modify the Aegis air-defense missile system so it can shoot down a failed satellite officials say could fall to Earth, a Pentagon official told CNN.

Satellite shootdown windowupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 21:18:00

Pentagon spokesman Jeff Morrell says the window for shooting down a dying satellite starts when the shuttle has landed.

FSB: Hawaii's unique tax wrinkleupdated: Tue Feb 05 2008 16:52:00

Dear FSB: I live in Hawaii and do teleradiology from other states. I want to start an LLC for myself. Do I need to apply for a state license in Hawaii because my place of business is in Hawaii, or can I form the LLC in another state to save on taxes? Would I still have to pay general excise tax to Hawaii because of my physical presence? Native Hawaiians Reclaiming Landupdated: Sat Jan 19 2008 11:05:00

More than 200 acres of land that belonged to the Kingdom of Hawaii before the United States took control a century ago will be returned to Native Hawaiians Bowl Breakdown: Hawaiiupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 15:29:00's Cory McCartney analyzes the matchups. Stewart Mandel: Week 13 College Football Rankingsupdated: Tue Nov 20 2007 18:40:00

Saturday night in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri will square off to settle the issue of, "Who should be No. 2?" One night earlier, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii and Boise State will meet to settle the issue of, "Should one of these teams be ranked in the top 14?"

FSB: Frozen-shrimp-eating seahorsesupdated: Fri Sep 28 2007 06:01:00

The owners of Ocean Rider call this variety of seahorse "Sunburst," but its proper name is hippocampus erectus - one of 20 species that Carol Cozzi-Schmarr, 45, and her husband, Craig Schmarr, 44, breed on their ranch in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

FSB: Web highlightsupdated: Tue Sep 25 2007 04:54:00

Read the full story of our exclusive Zogby poll of small business owners and click on the links to additional findings at the end of the article. Bill Trocchi: WAC looks wack, while Big East continues to impressupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 22:58:00

There was plenty of optimism surrounding the WAC entering the season, and why not?

Surfing protesters block new Hawaii ferry serviceupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 00:29:00

The Coast Guard helped clear protesters who briefly disrupted the second voyage of Hawaii's first-ever passenger ferry service among the Hawaiian islands, but the fight over the ship's environmental impact is far from over.

Tropical Storm Flossie lashes Hawaiiupdated: Wed Aug 15 2007 08:09:00

The "big island" of Hawaii is feeling Tropical Storm Flossie's pounding rain and dangerous winds. Hurricane Flossie Heads for Hawaiiupdated: Tue Aug 14 2007 18:50:00

Hurricane Flossie roared on course to brush Hawaii's Big Island on Tuesday hours after guarded residents were rattled by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake and dozens of aftershocks

FSB: Coffee, tea and - geckosupdated: Wed May 02 2007 11:48:00

The author tours Hawaii's farms, and sees some surprising sights.

FSB: Tasting Hawaiiupdated: Thu Apr 19 2007 17:13:00

Meet the entrepreneurs behind the Aloha State's budding industry, agritourism, and bring an appetite!

Money Magazine: Kicking the urge to lose moneyupdated: Thu Feb 15 2007 13:22:00

For more than 35 years, Sandy Yakim has recorded every bill in a notebook. She drove a used Honda and shops at thrift stores so that she can enjoy a nice summer vacation. Aloha, Sunshineupdated: Tue Jan 16 2007 11:15:00

The new season began last week, at the Sony Open, the tournament the players all call Hawaii. The Mercedes-Benz Championship, the one Vijay Singh won at Kapalua in the first week of January? That's a dressed-up exhibition, winners only, another chance for the rich to get richer. The real start -- caddie changes in place, new gizmos on the practice tee, virgin irons in the bag, the exquisite grind of the Tour, all in the name of staying out there -- began for real last week. Charles Howell, who finished a shot back, said you start every season with all manner of golfing resolutions, but they're all on a short leash, one bad shot away from being discarded. The veteran Paul Goydos, a master of deadpan with a fitting nickname, had only one good week in 2006, a second-place finish in the Chrysler Championship, the final full-field event of the year, providing him with a $466,400 paycheck that allowed him to save his card. "I spent 10 weeks hoping that what worked at the end of last year would work in the new o

Money Magazine: Anybody Seen a Slump?updated: Wed Nov 01 2006 00:01:00

"In our local paper I saw an ad to buy a house and get a free trip to Hawaii." --Cheryl (and John) O'Keefe, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Hawaii resident: 'Our whole house was rocking'updated: Mon Oct 16 2006 03:38:00

Things were returning to normal in Hawaii early Monday after a strong earthquake Sunday rattles nerves and cut power to much of the 50th state.

Hawaii: The best food on the Big Islandupdated: Thu Aug 31 2006 11:07:00

Fish tacos, ulu, misoyaki, lihing mui -- cuisine in Hawaii features twists on standards and a variety of exotic and tasty treats all their own.

Fortune: Where to retire in styleupdated: Wed Jun 21 2006 14:07:00

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Blue Hawaiiupdated: Thu May 25 2006 13:23:00

Hawaii's world-class waves, dazzling sea life and spectacular scenery make getting out on the water a goal for most visitors. Sunset magazine spoke with three islanders for an inside line on the best gateways to tropical adventure.

Fears rise over Hawaii's other damsupdated: Thu Mar 16 2006 07:05:00

As crews look for seven people missing after the dam collapse in Kilauea, Hawaii, fears are rising that other dams throughout the state are also vulnerable.

Business 2.0: Making the Desert Bloomupdated: Sat Oct 01 2005 00:01:00

Red Microalgae could be the new superfood. They're full of antioxidant-rich astaxanthin, a pigment purported to protect against ultraviolet rays, enhance the immune system, and maintain vision. Now...

Hawaii: 72 holes in 72 hoursupdated: Thu Sep 29 2005 08:58:00

The concept of 72 holes in 72 hours is simple: Cram four rounds of golf at four different U.S. courses into a three-day weekend.

CNNMoney: Aloha! to gas price cap in Hawaiiupdated: Thu Aug 25 2005 06:28:00

Hawaii issued a list of wholesale price caps for gasoline, the state Public Utilities Commission said, amid this month's record-breaking run up in retail gas that saw island residents paying some of the highest prices in the nation.

Fortune: SUSHI BROKERupdated: Mon Apr 04 2005 00:01:00

I WAKE UP AT 3:30 A.M., AND I COME TO MY office at about four to take the ten or 20 orders placed on the answering machine. My customers are hotels and sushi bars from all over--Hawaii but also the...

Sharks respond to magnetic fieldsupdated: Tue Dec 14 2004 22:48:00

Marine scientists in Hawaii have confirmed sharks can spot changes in magnetic fields.

One more day, four more years?updated: Mon Nov 01 2004 07:50:00

Sen. John Kerry and President Bush stump within minutes and miles of each other today in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a final reminder on the final day of campaign 2004 of just how small this dead-heat race can feel.

Aloha, Dick Cheneyupdated: Fri Oct 29 2004 08:53:00

OK, fine. We're not really in Hawaii today. We're stuck in New York, whose 15 minutes of swing-state fame ended weeks ago. But Dick Cheney, Al Gore and Alex Kerry get to go there this weekend, and we really, really think we should, too.

Sun, sand, surf and moviesupdated: Mon Jun 28 2004 17:30:00

With exquisite coastlines and lush foliage, the Hawaiian islands have long been Hollywood's tropical backlot and the stage for more than 200 major feature films.

showbuzzupdated: Fri Jun 18 2004 14:03:00

"ER" star Alex Kingston said Friday she's leaving the hit show because her character's story lines have come to a natural end, not because the producers think she's too old.

Money Magazine: The New Travel Landscape Still reeling from the Sept. 11 attacks, the travel industry desperately wants us back. And the deals iupdated: Sat Dec 01 2001 00:01:00

You've no doubt heard stories about what it's been like to travel since Sept. 11. Interminable lines snaking through airports. Rifle-toting National Guardsmen. Random bag checks and body searches. ...

FSB: Novemberupdated: Thu Nov 01 2001 00:01:00

Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Dias de los Muertos The Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, celebrating All Souls' Day, is anything but macabre--filled with flowers, singing, and graveyard celebrations. The festival ...

Fortune: Why Don't All States Spring Forward?updated: Mon Apr 30 2001 00:01:00

Grab your muskets and home amputation kits! Once again, disunity boils among the states. Arizona, Hawaii, and most of Indiana don't follow daylight-saving time. Why the rogue factions?

Fortune: Hang Looserupdated: Mon Nov 13 2000 00:01:00

I didn't tell my mother that I was going kitesurfing in Hawaii. I'm a grown man, yet when it comes to activities that might lead to massive reconstruction of expensive orthodontic work, I tend to k...

Fortune: Treadmills Possessed!updated: Mon Apr 17 2000 00:01:00

Often feel like you'd rather be running along a beach in Hawaii than panting inside a gym? With iFit's PC-controlled exercise equipment, you can do so without the expensive airfare or sand. The com...

FSB: Paradise Discovered How I was seduced by mass-market Hawaiiupdated: Sat Apr 01 2000 00:01:00

Hawaii used to terrify me. Not the Hollywood Hawaii of Jack Lord and Elvis. No, I was scared of the chain-hotel Hawaii they give away on game shows. Of those rows of swarthy tanners laid out by the...

Money Magazine: My Shareholders' Meeting Is Being Held In Hawaii. Can I Deduct The Trip?updated: Sat Jan 01 2000 00:01:00

Q. I'm an investor in a company that's holding its next shareholders' meeting in Hawaii. I'd go in a minute if my travel expenses were tax deductible. Are they? BRIAN GOVE CORPUS CHRISTI

Fortune: Hawaii: Surf, Sand, and Cheap Hotelsupdated: Mon Sep 07 1998 00:01:00

Real estate prices all over the U.S. are soaring, except in... Hawaii? Yes, the same place that was a real estate price-appreciation paradise in the 1980s is a value wasteland today, with ritzy hot...

Money Magazine: Bringing the family? Try a home away from home--for less than you'd spend at Disneyupdated: Sun Mar 01 1998 00:01:00

As summer approaches and hotel chains roll out their usual "kids eat free" and "kids stay free" promotions, perhaps you'll find yourself longing for those carefree days--before parenthood--when tra...

Money Magazine: These retirees fled paradise in Hawaii to shrink their taxesupdated: Tue Nov 01 1994 00:01:00

In April 1993, retirees Ken Pruett, 58, and his wife Susan, 47, left sun- splashed Honolulu for the rainy precincts of Seattle. Come again? You heard right. The move that this gynecologist and nurs...

Money Magazine: 1-800 Accessupdated: Fri Apr 01 1994 00:01:00

1-800-US-B-AND-B Call this toll-free number to shop among 14,000 bed-and-breakfast hostelries, including some in Alaska and Hawaii. Name your destination, and the year-old California service gives ...

Money Magazine: STRATEGY FOR MAJOR CHANGE updated: Sat Jan 01 1994 00:01:00

November's ''From Urban Stress to Rural Struggles'' touched me personally. Congratulations to Dorrie and David Hipschman for following through on their dream and discarding a life in San Francisco ...

Money Magazine: Our new Deficit Watch; help your child get a job; writing prenups right; collectible radios WHEN YOUR CAR OR HOME INSURER DROPS updated: Tue Jun 01 1993 00:01:00

Ron Sladon Sr., 63, of Lexington, Ky. (below) learned his car insurer wouldn't renew his policy after he recently filed $2,500 in claims for two accidents -- neither of which were his fault. ''I wa...

Money Magazine: THE BEST BARGAINS FOR THE OFF-SEASONupdated: Tue Sep 01 1992 00:01:00

If you got caught short of time or cash during the recent air-fare wars and are now hankering after a getaway -- you're in luck. Traditionally, the weeks from Labor Day through mid-December turn up...

Money Magazine: WHERE RETIREES SAVE -- AND WHERE THEY GET WHACKEDupdated: Wed Jul 01 1992 00:01:00

Sure, before you decide where to retire, you plan to study the annual - rainfall, the hospitals and the golfing. But have you considered the taxes? If not, you're asking for more than crowded emerg...

Money Magazine: Making a brief case for kidsupdated: Sun Jul 01 1990 00:01:00

A growing number of execs are packing up the kids as well as their carry-ons before hitting the road. Nearly one in seven business trips now includes children, according to the US Travel Data Cente...

Money Magazine: Adding Hawaiian punch to your profitsupdated: Sun Apr 01 1990 00:01:00

Talk about islands of prosperity! While much of the U.S. is economically stagnant, the Aloha State is booming, thanks to tourism and an idyllic way of life. In the 1990s, ''Hawaii will be the most ...

Money Magazine: THE 100 SAFEST BANKSupdated: Sun Oct 01 1989 00:01:00

Government regulators are at last dealing with the disaster area known as the savings and loan industry. The enactment in August of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act, ...

Money Magazine: THE NIFTY NINETIES Your 175 Safest Banks You have to give up a little yield get a lot of safety.updated: Wed Oct 12 1988 00:01:00

Despite the record number of 714 bank failures in the past five years, there are still many safe havens for your savings, often near you. An exclusive MONEY survey identified these 175 safest banks...

Fortune: TOURIST SUBMARINESupdated: Mon Sep 26 1988 00:01:00

With vacationers in such watery paradises as Barbados, St. Thomas, and Hawaii clamoring to do more for their $300 a day than lie on the beach, why not offer them underwater bus tours? By some estim...

Money Magazine: Hawaiian eyes are watching updated: Sat Aug 01 1987 00:01:00

Your May article ''Satisfying a Yen for Island Models'' was definitely not written by a Hawaiian. The word hapa-haole has nothing to do with persons of Oriental blood. A hapa-haole is someone who i...

Fortune: STAY HOME, PLEASE The 50 states are vying for tourists put off by high prices and terrorism abroad.updated: Mon May 12 1986 00:01:00

CURIOSITY SEEKERS have been checking out a strange, 45-foot trailer at shopping malls around the U.S. The truck features colorful posters, stacks of brochures, and two benches where audiences watch...

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