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

Malibu, Hawaii's North Shore, Bondi Beach... Scarborough?

Scarborough, the Yorkshire seaside town known for its bracing airs and donkey rides, plans to reinvent itself as the surf capital of the North.

Outside Edge: Full steam ahead with paddle

Bart de Zwart is believed to have become the first person to make a solo crossing from Hawaii's Big Island to Kauai on a paddleboard.

Pole-to-pole flights gather the data vital to predict climate change

The converted jet swoops up and down across the entire Pacific, collecting thousands of air samples for analysis

Wally Yonamine: Sportsman who fought prejudice in two sports and in two countries

Wally Yonamine was a sportsman whose career forced him to face prejudice in two separate sports, on two separate continents, and for opposite reasons. In 1947, playing American football for the San Francisco 49ers, the first Japanese-American in the professional game, he faced considerable resentment resulting from the recently-ended war against Japan. And as the first foreigner to play baseball in the Japanese major leagues, he was referred to as the "Japanese Jackie Robinson", after the black star who integrated American baseball, and faced a similar onslaught of racial abuse and harsh treatment.

Screen Talk: Hawaii makes waves

It's a serious business, show business. And lawmakers play a vital role, especially when it comes to creating tax breaks to allow movie production budgets to feel the love.

Rupert Cornwell: A law born in the USA a very long time ago

Out of America: The 'birther' row shows how out of date the constitution has become

David Weigel: The rumour that just wouldn't go away

The first thing you should know about "birtherism" is that it should have died years ago. In June 2008, shortly after locking up the Democratic presidential nomination, Obama's campaign released a Certificate of Live Birth from the state of Hawaii. No presidential candidate had ever made a move like that.

Barack Obama releases birth certificate

President Barack Obama produced his detailed birth certificate from Hawaii, hoping to finally crush persistent claims he was born outside the United States.

Row grows over Obama's birth certificate

The right-wing 'birthers', convinced the President was not born in the US and is therefore ineligible to govern, are gaining strength

Video: Jewel robbers caught on CCTV

Two would-be jewellery robbers in Hawaii use a hammer and a shotgun to break into a display case but leave empty handed.

Around the Pacific, panic gives way to uneasy relief

The Japanese tsunami travelled thousands of miles to hit islands and mainland coastlines across the Pacific Ocean and was feared to have killed a man in the US last night.

Tsunami swamps Hawaii beaches and brushes West Coast

Tsunami waves swamped Hawaii beaches and brushed the U.S. western coast Friday but didn't immediately cause major damage after devastating Japan and sparking evacuations throughout the Pacific.

UK airlines cancel flights to Tokyo

UK airlines cancelled flights to Tokyo today following the devastating Japanese earthquake.

Philippines attempts to bury the past

It may be more than 20 years since the former Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos died in exile in Hawaii, but now his family are likely to be granted their wish that he be buried with honours in a cemetery in Manila reserved specially for former political leaders.

Tourists warned as Hawaiian volcano erupts

Scientists are closely monitoring heightened activity at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, after a fissure sent lava spewing 20m (65ft) in the air. No homes were threatened and no one was injured, but park rangers cautioned visitors to keep their distance from the volcano.

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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