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

Surfing: Britannia rides the waves

For the first time, two Britons have been asked to take part in Hawaii's fearsome surfing contest

Five luxury escapes in Polynesia

Astonishing beauty comes as standard at these island lodgings.

Why I Love: Hawaiian strumming

Nicky Campbell, broadcaster

Back home in Hawaii, Obama awaits report into Illinois Senate scandal

President-elect takes first break since election victory

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Royal Festival Hall, London

Few venues are less conducive to dance parties than London's Royal Festival Hall, and few ushers are less tolerant of patrons' Terpsichorean impulses. But tonight neither the structure nor its attendants stood a chance against the simple might of people power. By the end of Femi Kuti's show, the place was one writhing mass of flailing bodies, and the ushers could only gaze on with equanimity.

My vision for America: Speeches by Barack Obama

Throughout his political life, Barack Obama's brilliant oratory has captivated and inspired millions. We publish the key speeches in which he sets out his vision for America – and the world

Madelyn Dunham: Grandmother of Barack Obama

By 24 hours, she missed out on discovering whether her grandson made history as the first African-American president of the United States. But Madelyn Dunham was a bit of a pioneer herself. She was among the first female vice-presidents of a bank in Hawaii in an era when gender discrimination ruled. She was also unfailingly supportive of her daughter Ann, and Ann's son Barack Obama, at a time when racially mixed marriages were frowned upon by most Americans.

Obama's beloved grandmother dies

Barack Obama made no secret of the reason for his 36-hour dash to Honolulu when only ten days remained before decision day in the presidential race. His beloved grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, was gravely ill and he was afraid she might not make it through to the campaign finish.

Protesters 'reinstate' the king of Hawaii

Tourists were turned away from the Iolani Royal Palace in Honolulu yesterday as authorities assessed the damage from its brief occupation by protesters claiming they had reinstalled the islands' king on the Hawaiian throne.

Miles Kington Remembered: A geographical conundrum of continental proportions

'By the way, Richard said, 'can you guys tell me which are the most northerly, southerly, westerly and easterly of the American states?'

Island-hoppers bid farewell to Aloha

Aloha Airlines, which has been transporting island-hoppers around the Hawaiian archipelago for more than 60 years, has completed its final passenger journey, brought low by the soaring cost of fuel and cut-throat competition.

America's cultural melting pot: Obama's Hawaiian years

The Democrat front-runner spent most of his childhood in the Pineapple State. As the islanders prepare to choose their candidate, David Usborne goes in search of the boy who became a potential President

The world's rubbish dump: a tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan

A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.

Luol Deng: 'I love football, but I was built to play basketball'

Brian Viner Interviews: Political refugee at four, Arsenal fan at eight, he has forged an incredible path from Sudan to the lofty heights of the NBA, and all by the age of just 21...
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Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

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German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral