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

New vent opens in Kilauea volcano

A new vent opened at Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, sending lava shooting up to 65ft, scientists said.

Hawaii: Tropical sun, surf - and heli-skiing

Hawaii's mild climate, warm ocean and gentle breezes make it the perfect holiday destination to visit any time of the year, but the variations in the weather across the islands can be quite surprising. Hawaii boasts 11 of the 13 climate zones in the world, each with unique weather characteristics. On the nightly local news, you'll find surf reports for each side of the islands, along with wind and rainfall forecasts.

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is Hawaii but not forgotten

The song "Over the Rainbow" has already served as a calling card for one deceased artist, and now it is helping to promote another singer who died early.

A Day That Shook The World: Pearl Harbor attacked

On 7 December 1941 the Japanese conducted a surprise military strike on the US naval base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii – an act of aggression which would lead America to enter the Second World War.

Discovery boosts chance of alien life

The chances of life existing beyond the Earth have been boosted by the discovery that the number of stars in the universe might be triple current estimates.

Pilot of crashed plane was asleep for more than half the flight

The pilot at the controls of an Indian jet that crashed earlier this year, killing 158 passengers, had slept for more than half the flight and only drowsily rallied himself when it was time to land the plane, investigators have found. At times his snoring was so heavy it was picked up by the in-flight recorders.

'Little Barry' returns to his boyhood home

After twice postponing a visit because of domestic crises, Barack Obama finally returned to his boyhood home of Indonesia yesterday. But he was set to spend less than 24 hours in the world's most populous Muslim nation and the excitement once generated by his return has largely dissipated.

Andy Irons: Flamboyant and mercurial surfer who won three world titles and was regarded as the best of his generation

Andy Irons attained the pinnacle of peer recognition within surfing: a picture of him adorned a T-shirt, emblazoned with the text, "ANDY WINS HOSSEGOR". Hossegor, France, is just one of the stations on the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) global circuit, at all of which Andy Irons won famous victories over a career spanning more than a decade. He amassed a grand total of three world championships, and, uniquely, four Vans Triple Crowns, and was probably the most accomplished all-round surfer of the modern era. Or, as Surfer magazine put it in 2003, "he has the miraculous combination of big-wave craziness and small-wave ripping down better than any surfer in the world right now."

Networks turn back the television clock

As 'Hawaii Five-O' returns to the TV, a slew of shows based on old hits are set to follow

Dressing table: High-tech creams

Everybody's gone surfing (but the Hawaiian purists are upset )

The Beach Boys started it. Not the falsetto West Coast songsters of "Surfing USA", but the Hawaiian watermen who still act as board caddies and gurus to visiting mid-managers and their families in from Des Moines, trying out the forgiving waves of Waikiki for the first time. Back in the late 1950s they would paddle out to the break and tow the tourists into position. But they needed a way of getting out there with a camera and a cigarette too. So stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, was born. The original beach boys would equip themselves with not just a long, wide board but a wooden paddle, and would then use it to steer around the break, into and out of the waves, remaining upright all or most of the time.

Tseng rides her luck to keep Kerr at bay

There was a moment on the 15th hole during her second round at the Ricoh Women's British Open here yesterday when Yani Tseng confessed: "I wanted to kill myself."

Wie bit of brilliance to finish offers fresh hope for Hawaiian

Michelle Wie and hype go together like Tiger Woods and fire hydrants so perhaps it was no surprise to find the excitement threatening to burst forth here last night as the Hawaiian soared high up the Ricoh Women's British Open leaderboard. But, in fairness, this was Wie's best start to a major in more than four years.

Hawaii exports its homeless problem to mainland US

When tourists arrive in Hawaii, they're greeted with flowery necklaces and cries of "Aloha!". But when those people turn out to be down-and-outs, the warm island welcome swiftly disappears.

Album: Cibelle, Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel, (Crammed Discs)

Cibelle Cavalli, reputedly stellar in her native Brazil, now resides in London's Shoreditch where she is a purveyor of "tropical punk" (her term).

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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