Do you find yourself enviously clicking through pictures of celebrity homes on your lunch hour? Instead of turning green over the multibillion-dollar estates of George Clooney or Brad and Angelina, why not follow their lead? Plan your own getaway in a place where the stars have found solace, far from the fray.
From the steep slopes of volcanic Haleakala to the wealth of surf spots, Maui beckons lovers of sun, sand and surf. But venture just beyond the hotel buffet and discover what a foodie destination the Valley Island has become.
The U.S. Navy rescued a survivor from an Iranian cargo vessel that sank in the Persian Gulf, killing at least three other crew members, the military said Sunday.
What's the first thing you think of when you think of Hawaii? The foaming-white sea lapping at a golden-sand beach surrounded by palm trees swaying in the breeze? Well, sure -- Hawaii's one of the world's ultimate beach destinations, an island paradise made for basking in the sun sipping daiquiris or hitting the waves to surf some righteous tubes.
No, there's no need to remortgage the house to visit Tahiti and French Polynesia. Despite a reputation for opulence and exclusivity, it's perfectly possible to visit these dreamy islands on a limited budget -- if you make the right decisions.
A tour helicopter crashed and burned on the Hawaiian island of Molokai on Thursday, killing all five people aboard, local and federal authorities reported.
Hotel room prices, on average, are up 5% over last year, but these destinations are shaping up to look like real deals in late December.
The swimsuit-clad newlyweds enjoy some downtime on the beach
Kris Rakowski put the dog out late Friday and looked to the skies above his Maple Grove, Minnesota, residence.
As frequent globetrotters and travel writers, we have no shortage of nightmarish lost-luggage tales -- and neither, it seems, do our readers.
From the simple, sandy shores of Nantucket to the volcanic paths in Maui, these bike trails range from easy to exhilarating, but all reward with sweeping views of the water.
One person was reported dead and numerous boats and harbors suffered damage in the United States after the tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake off Japan swept across the Pacific Ocean at jet speed Friday.
Boats and docks in California suffer some serious damage following a surge from the tsunami that hit Japan.
NEW YORK -- Each time Kemba Walker stepped to the free-throw line during the first half of Wednesday's Big East tournament game against Georgetown, a pocket of red-clad St. John's students behind the basket greeted him with the taunt "Hardy's better." With all due respect to Red Storm star Dwight Hardy -- no, he's not.
Investigators are trying to determine what caused a dinner-cruise boat carrying 60 passengers to run aground off the coast of Hawaii, the Coast Guard said Friday.
"So strange," Tweets the heiress, who was headed to Maui with her boyfriend
Duke and Michigan State will meet at Cameron Indoor Stadium tonight in the final game of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The contest lost a bit of luster after Michigan State fell to Connecticut in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational, which dropped the Spartans from No. 2 to No. 6 in the AP poll, but it is still a huge event and potential Final Four preview. Here are five key questions entering the game, plus my prediction.
Because he was in such demand by the media, Kemba Walker was the last man to board the UConn bus following the Huskies' 84-67 win over Kentucky in the championship game of last week's Maui Invitational. Walker scored 90 points in the Huskies' three wins, which included a semifinal upset of then-No. 2 Michigan State, making him the easy choice for tournament MVP. But for all the cheers he heard inside the Lahaina Civic Center, the best ovation was yet to come.
There's a movement afoot -- by tourism-minded folks in Kansas City -- to brand Kansas City as the college basketball capital of America. This may be difficult to achieve, given that the city doesn't have a venue capable of hosting the Final Four. What it does have, at least this year, is the No. 1 event in SI.com's rankings of early season tournaments. So perhaps Kansas City can start with just calling itself "The College Basketball Capital of America (for two days in late November, 2010)," and go from there.
Last season, after I ranked the most difficult nonconference schedules, the teams at Nos. 1 and 3 (North Carolina and Texas) imploded, while the teams at Nos. 2, 6 and 7 (Michigan State, Duke and West Virginia) made the Final Four. The lesson, I suppose, is that a tough schedule is a good and vital thing -- but only if you have the right personnel to endure it.
From THE WAVE: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean. Copyright © 2010 by Susan Casey. Published by arrangement with Doubleday, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a Division of Random House, Inc.
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The search for a hiker who vanished while camping alone on the cliffs of Maui, Hawaii, has been suspended, but police say their investigation is still going full force.
Federal authorities filed a criminal complaint Friday against a 56-year-old man whose scrawled note invoking "Gilligan's Island" led a Hawaiian Airlines pilot to turn around a Maui-bound flight and return Wednesday to Portland, Oregon.
Fly into Maui's Kahului International Airport. For car rentals, book ahead on hertz.com or enterprise.com to get optimal rates.
For 10 years I lived on the Hawaiian island of Maui. I had a complex relationship with paradise.
On a week when we can be thankful that ESPN networks are televising more than 50 hours of college basketball, let us consider the way this came about. In January 2006, the NCAA made two moves that it knew would precipitate a boom in the number of early-season tournaments, or "multi-team events," on the November-December landscape. It repealed the "two-in-four" rule that kept teams from playing in multi-team events more than twice in any four-year span, and, in a less-publicized rule change, eliminated the events' certification process, which had required operators to provide detailed financial information to the NCAA and have the school or conference sponsoring the event be responsible for selecting the field.
Here is the current list of the 2009 preseason basketball tournaments. It will be updated as information becomes available.
1. Alabama-Auburn In the magazine I've described Duke and North Carolina in basketball as "the one rivalry all other rivalries secretly wish to be." But I don't stand by that comment quite as stoutly as I would if I'd seen the Tigers play the Tide, a feud I've been curious about ever since spotting my first AVOID THE RUSH -- HATE AUBURN EARLY bumper sticker.
â¢ Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott, enjoying some down time with the kids - Liam, 2, and Stella, 1 - at the Four Seasons in Maui, where the family has been vacationing. The four played at the hotel's pool and relaxed in their cabana. Later in the night, McDermott went diving while Spelling took the kids to a screening of Surf's Up on the beach.
Face off with a giant croc! Ride the world's fastest coaster! And seven more of the season's greatest adventures.
Over the past few weeks, Dr. Irving Harper, an internal medicine physician on the Hawaiian island of Maui, has seen scores of patients worried about the Swine Flu. He's talked to panicked patients with nothing more than sore throats or sniffles, and, in almost all cases, he's been able to reassure them that additional action isn't necessary.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody, who missed the Irish's past two games while recovering from pneumonia, will return to the starting lineup Saturday against Ohio State, SI.com has learned.
When the NCAA passed legislation in 2006 that repealed the "two-in-four" rule -- which had limited college basketball teams to playing in only two exempt, early season tournaments over a four-year span -- the biggest casualty was the value of the word "classic." The legislation opened the floodgates on what the colorful wordsmiths behind the NCAA Division I manual call "Multiple-Team Events," which provide teams with an exemption to sneak in two extra regular-season games, upping the max allowed from 29 to 31. Thus there are 50 of of these tournaments scheduled for 2008-09, and no fewer than 28 of them have "classic" in their title.
Stephani Smith's Maui-based healthy meals delivery company had been thriving since 2004, but needed financial assistance to expand its marketing efforts and Web exposure.
Dates: Nov. 24-26 Site: Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, Participants: St. Joseph's, Texas, Indiana, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Chaminade, Oregon, Alabama Official website
From butterflies to grizzly bears, we know where the wild things are.
The 15-foot pepper tree in front of my house collapsed yesterday, uprooted by a massive winter storm, and came crashing down against a utility pole. Today my wife is dealing with the fire department, a puddle in the basement, an arborist, our 1-year-old son, another round of storms, and a hound dog that refuses to poop in the rain. Twenty-five hundred miles away, I'm lying face-down in a thatch hut at the Four Seasons resort along Maui's Wailea beach. Two native Hawaiian women ply their forearms on my backside in a ceremonial Lomi Lomi massage, working the knotted muscles above my shoulder blades and along my spine. "E ho mai ka 'ike mai luna mai e," they chant rhythmically, calling on the spirits for wisdom and to help coerce toxins from my system. Just outside the door, children run barefoot at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Handsome sunbathers flip through Michael Crichton novels before nodding off under sailcloth cabanas. Humpback whales breach at the horizon.
Your next hotel might not be a hotel. It could be a condo, a rental apartment or a home.
MAUI, Hawaii -- This must be a dream, but the salt water crashing against my face and into my eyes quickly reminds me that it's not. As I'm floating in the water off the shores of Kaanapali Beach, Jessica White is running toward me in a neon pink two-piece bikini.
The company that runs the first passenger-vehicle ferry service between the Hawaiian Islands suspended operations indefinitely Tuesday after two days of emotional protests and legal setbacks.
A state judge agreed Monday to temporarily block the first passenger-vehicle ferry service between the Hawaiian Islands from using Maui's Kahului Harbor, giving environmental groups a victory.
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.
It started as a simple dive shop in 1958, taking tourists and locals on scuba tours in the Pacific Ocean off Maui. But a year after opening for business, Maui Divers workers found what resembled a black bush in deep waters off the Molokai Channel.
Here's an unfortunate secret about Silicon Valley: There's no there here. Sure, the Valley is thick with corporate offices housing the most successful tech companies. Yes, powerful venture capitalists call the region home.
"The path to fulfilling lifelong dreams is not always straight and narrow," says Ed Lane, standing in front of his easel. A former advertising executive turned passionate artist, he speaks from years of experience.
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Sunday morning brought chaos to the normally serene and lush Big Island of Hawaii as it shook with the state's biggest earthquake since 1983.
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Australia's biggest city, Sydney, has again been named the world's best city by readers of the U.S. magazine Travel and Leisure.
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Two teenage girls lob a ball back and forth on the tennis courts -- or, more often, swing and miss, then collapse in fits of laughter.
A newcomer's directorial debut, "Garden State," walked away with the award for best feature film at the fifth annual Maui Film Festival, which wrapped up this week after a record-setting turnout.
Before you talk to Barry Rivers, creator of one of the world's most serene and successful young film festivals on picturesque Maui, you may expect a subdued "aloha," demure descriptions of the event, and other soothing tones.
There's no denying the attraction of Maui, Hawaii's most diverse island.
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