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

EXOTICA: FABRICATED SOUNDSCAPES IN A REAL WORLD BY DAVID TOOP, SERPENT'S TALE pounds 12.99

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.

SPORTING DIGEST: SUMO

SPORTING DIGEST: SUMO

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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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada