News Wondering where Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey have disappeared to?

The First Lady is bunkered down at the chat show host's sprawling luxury estate in Maui, reports suggest

Hawaiian mirror outshines Hubble

ASTRONOMERS HAVE opened their latest eye on the sky in an attempt to outperform the Hubble space telescope with a ground-based instrument.

Wednesday Book: An exotic journey into music


Travel Hawaii: Heaven on earth, Hollywood-style

Kauai was TV's Fantasy Island and appeared in movies from South Pacific to Jurassic Park. But it's a star in its own right. By David Fox

Sex and suicide shock for Hawaiian charity

Andrew Gumbel charts how a foundation set up to educate the poor has been corrupted by riches

Trinket tray on top of the TV was Captain Cook's pounds 20,000 fruit bowl

THE WOODEN bowl had sat on top of the television for 26 years, holding fruit, keys and loose change, so no one thought to point it out when the antiques dealer came round. But Robert Finan spotted it immediately and a closer inspection confirmed his suspicions. He told the stunned owners it was a Hawaiian pakaka dish - a food bowl - which had accompanied Captain Cook on his final doomed voyage to the Pacific in 1779.

A climate for every occasion

The Hawaiian island of Kauai claims the world's rainiest mountain, along with lush forests and deserted beaches, writes Stephen Roe KAUAI

Official who sold arms was obeying orders

SENIOR CIVIL servants who drew up a secret plan to dispose of hundreds of thousands of ex-Ministry of Defence weapons are not to be disciplined for keeping the scheme from ministers.

Public View: Adventures In Contemporary Art No 18: Hirolulu

Both the artists in this show deal with mental maps. Helen Scalway went down into London's tube network and asked passengers to draw a map of their underground. The resultant sketches - white lines on small black panels - are displayed in a grid over one wall of the gallery. The basic response was a circle with intersecting radials, as one might expect. I search out variations: a circle with an arrow pointing in both directions; and a detailed and accurate-seeming map that must be the product of someone with a special interest in the system. There are some aberrations too: what appears to be a signature, and a drawing of a station - staircase, platform and tube lines.

Golf: Duval's rise gathers pace

DAVID DUVAL continued his rise to prominence on Sunday by coasting to a nine-stroke victory in the Mercedes Championship in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Obituiary: Ruth Clifford

THE SAD thing about a career like Ruth Clifford's, which began at the dawn of the feature film, is that most of the films that made her reputation have been lost.



Branson is forced to ditch in sea

RICHARD BRANSON yesterday abandoned his bid to become the first balloonist to travel non-stop around the world after hitting bad weather over the Pacific Ocean.

The Irritations of Modern Life; 20: Round Robin Letters

IT'S THAT time of year again: when the round robins come bob, bob bobbin' through your letterbox. By Christmas Eve you'll know all about Martha's hip operation, will have heard about Clive and Louise's trip to Hawaii, and will know why poor Elmer can't be with the family this Christmas.

Rough Guide: Watch out for low-flying planes with open doors

Greg Ward, author of the `Rough Guide to Hawaii', recalls the fresh black lava and tasty moon-fish

Restaurants: Where shall we meet ... in Kingston?

If you haven't started thinking about your office Christmas junket yet, you'd better get your skates on. It's not as easy as you think. Most people who work side-by-side with each other all year have little desire to be socialising together as well.
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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home