"My friends think just because we live in Hawaii, we live in paradise. We're all just out here sipping mai tais, shaking our hips and catching waves. Are they insane?" While an Oscar-nominated picture requires the kind of conflict that George Clooney's character implies with this line from "The Descendants," your vacation getaway doesn't.
The military took a big step forward in the pursuit of speedy strike capability with the successful test of a hypersonic speed weapon, one designed to travel five times the speed of sound for long distances.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- Malia Manuel seems out of place walking among the girls parading around in thongs at Surf City, USA, fawning over every hulking surfer who walks past them. She smiles at the scene, her head hidden under a hat as she walks towards the shore unnoticed, like a Hollywood starlet in disguise while sneaking into her own summer blockbuster.
Their livelihood was being threatened, and they were tired of waiting for government help, so business owners and residents on Hawaii's Kauai island pulled together and completed a $4 million repair job to a state park -- for free.
Last week, a bride-to-be visited online wedding hub TheKnot.com and posted a wistful set of questions to her virtual sisters. "Fiancé got laid off a month ago. We're trying to keep our wedding the way we had originally planned. How many of you are working through similar situations, and how do you...adjust your wedding/honeymoon plan?"
After a mile or so on the rugged Kalalau Trail, hikers who have slogged through red mud and climbed over slippery rocks stop abruptly. Far down to the right, the sapphire ocean shimmers. As the trail winds to the left, a cool canopy of deep-green foliage dotted with pink and orange blossoms awaits. In the distance, the coastline juts in and out, its steep cliffs dropping to the sea.
On her way from Dallas, Texas, to Kauai, Marlene Kelley lands in Phoenix, Arizona, to find that her connecting flight to Hawaii has already left. But no one notified her about the schedule change, and now she and her husband are sent to Los Angeles to catch another flight to the islands. What do her airline and travel agent owe her for the runaround -- specifically for the night she had to spend at an LAX hotel?
The Coast Guard helped clear protesters who briefly disrupted the second voyage of Hawaii's first-ever passenger ferry service among the Hawaiian islands, but the fight over the ship's environmental impact is far from over.
He's been hiking in Kauai, kayaking in Crete and on safari in South Africa, but Jason McCann is still searching for new adventures. The 35-year-old nurse anesthetist heads off on treks to far-flung parts of the world three or four times a year, often without a guidebook.
The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency shot down a dummy target missile over the southern Pacific Ocean during a test of the U.S. missile defense shield early Saturday, according to an agency spokeswoman.
Hawaii's world-class waves, dazzling sea life and spectacular scenery make getting out on the water a goal for most visitors. Sunset magazine spoke with three islanders for an inside line on the best gateways to tropical adventure.