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

Republican blow for Democrats in Haiti

Republicans scored a mid-term election victory by winning a Democratic-held congressional seat in Hawaii, in the district where President Barack Obama grew up, the latest triumph for the Republican Party as it looks to take back control of Congress.

Sailor comes to rescue of starving Kanton islanders

A British sailor came to the rescue of a group of "desperate and starving" islanders after chancing upon them on his way to Australia, the coastguard said today.

Kathy Marks: Gay pride meets corporate ambition

Sydney Notebook: While same-sex marriage remains illegal, the mention of politics makes many gay people yawn

Pacific heights: North Shore of Oahu hits the jackpot

Waimea Bay's waves are legendary but yesterday brought the biggest swell in years and a dramatic surfing contest. Andy Martin reports from Hawaii

Pearl Harbor: 'It's a little bit better than "sh*t gaze", right?'

Sister pairing Piper and Skylar are Pearl Harbor. I dropped Piper an email with some questions about the band, here's what she had to say for herself.

All her material possessions: Sally Ann Lasson gets a tour of supermodel Marie Helvin's wardrobe

Marie Helvin says she has been on a diet all her life but judging from a close look at her, it's surely been worth it. Still fabulous at 57, Helvin is in the process of decluttering her life, and to that end is auctioning off many of her clothes and dresses, including the Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche wedding outfit from her 1975 marriage to David Bailey. A photograph included in the lot shows the couple with their witnesses: Tina and Michael Chow, Michael Roberts and Cathy Damon, another supermodel of the day. A little piece of fashion history with an estimated value of £300 -500.

Sport in brief: Leeds' Kiwi forward Eastwood out of Four Nations

Rugby League: Greg Eastwood, Leeds' recruit from New Zealand, is out of the Four Nations with a broken wrist. The Kiwi forward fractured his scaphoid in Saturday's win over France. He will return to the southern hemisphere after the tournament and is expected to be back for pre-season training at Leeds. England name their team today, and must decide whether Danny McGuire retains the stand-off jersey. Dave Hadfield

Board game: Ruby Wax makes waves in Hawaii

The lifeguards are handsome (if incomprehensible), the food is fantastic – and everything's covered in flowers. Welcome to Hawaii, where everyone says 'Aloha'

Bustin' Down The Door (15)

It's amazing to think that until recently surfing didn't exist as a professional sport.

Album: Debashish Bhattacharya, O Shakuntala! (Riverboat)

India's maestro of the slide guitar was destined by his parents to be a singer, but when a Hawaiian steel guitar was put into his lap at three, it was love at first sight. He earned the title Pandit ("master") at 40, and at 45 is still broadening his scope.

Riding giants: The young surfers who turned a dream into a billion-dollar industry

In 1975, when a gang of young pretenders challenged local tradition in Hawaii, the stage was set for surf war. Now an acclaimed film tells how this bitter conflict gave rise to a modern sport and a billion-dollar business

Beware Invisible Cows, By Andy Martin

Perhaps as a surfer you are more in touch than most with the scale of nature. Waves the size of houses can crush you to a pulp or send you gliding into that zonal nirvana of oneness with the higher powers which is the object of all that paddling around watching and waiting.

The Descendants, By Kaui Hart Hemmings

A descendant of one of Hawaii's largest landowners, Matt King finds himself swimming in deep water after his fun-loving wife, Joanie falls into a coma following a boating accident.

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