Driving Maui's famed highway to Hana

Mar 21, 2015

Driving Maui's famed highway to Hana

by Marco Garcia

When we moved to Hawaii 10 years ago, my wife Yukako and I set out to drive the road to Hana on the eastern shores of Maui. Highway 360 was known for gorgeous scenery as well as for hairpin switchbacks and a bumpy road. ...

Mourners mark 14 years since Ehime Maru collision

Feb 10, 2015

Mourners mark 14 years since Ehime Maru collision

A fisheries high school in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, on Tuesday marked the 14th anniversary of an accident in which an U.S. nuclear submarine surfaced beneath a school training boat off Hawaii, sinking it and killing nine occupants. About 300 people, including students and relatives ...

Jan 27, 2015

Two small planes ditch off Hawaii; all five aboard survive

Two small planes ran out of fuel and ditched in the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii, but the five people aboard both aircraft survived, authorities said. The Coast Guard says the separate incidents Sunday involved a single-engine plane carrying a solo pilot about 250 miles ...

Aloha spirit churned out by 'shochu' venture

Dec 28, 2014

Aloha spirit churned out by 'shochu' venture

In a self-built single-room facility in the small North Shore beach town of Haleiwa, Hawaii, Ken Hirata is distilling a unique kind of liquor. The 46-year-old Hirata and his wife, Yumiko, moved to Hawaii from Japan three years ago to start Hawaiian Shochu Co., ...

Dec 26, 2014

Swollen streams strand 62 Kauai hikers, some for days

Firefighters in Hawaii rescued more than 60 hikers, including some who were stranded for days, after heavy rain made streams too swollen to cross on the island of Kauai. The Kauai Fire Department was notified Wednesday that some hikers were stranded in a valley ...

Hawaii inaugurates second Japanese-American governor

Dec 2, 2014

Hawaii inaugurates second Japanese-American governor

With the inauguration of David Ige on Monday, the state of Hawaii welcomed its eighth governor, a third-generation Japanese-American and the second governor of Japanese ancestry for the state. “I stand here today in the shadow of my parents’ and my grandparents’ accomplishments because ...

National Guard heads to Hawaii town threatened by river of lava

Oct 31, 2014

National Guard heads to Hawaii town threatened by river of lava

A contingent of National Guard troops was dispatched to a Hawaii town on Thursday to provide security to the Big Island community threatened by a river of molten lava that is slowly creeping toward the town’s main road, an emergency official said. The lava ...

Oct 30, 2014

Chigasaki deputy mayor dies on Hawaii sister-city trip

A Japanese deputy mayor who worked to establish a sister-cities relationship with Honolulu died a day after an agreement was signed with the Hawaii city. Takehiko Kimura, 63, deputy mayor of Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, died Saturday after he was pulled from the water off ...