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Hawaii ( (listen) hə-WY-ee; Hawaiian: Hawaiʻi [həˈvɐjʔi]) is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States, having received statehood on August 21, 1959. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located in Oceania, the only U.S. state located outside North America, and the only one composed entirely of islands. It is the northernmost isla...

Hawaii ( (listen) hə-WY-ee; Hawaiian: Hawaiʻi [həˈvɐjʔi]) is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States, having received statehood on August 21, 1959. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located in Oceania, the only U.S. state located outside North America, and the only one composed entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean.The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian archipelago, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight main islands are--in order from northwest to southeast: Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and the Island of Hawaiʻi. The last is the largest island in the group; it is often called the "Big Island" or "Hawaiʻi Island" to avoid confusion with the state or archipelago. The archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania. Hawaii's diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists. Because of its central location in the Pacific and 19th-century labor migration, Hawaii's culture is strongly influenced by North American and East Asian cultures, in addition to its indigenous Hawaiian culture. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents, along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu. Hawaii is the 8th-smallest and the 11th-least populous, but the 13th-most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states. It is the only state with an Asian plurality. The state's oceanic coastline is about 750 miles (1,210 km) long, the fourth longest in the U.S. after the coastlines of Alaska, Florida, and California.

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March 30, 2020
Houston Chronicle
HONOLULU (AP) - Observatories on Hawaii's tallest mountain have shut down operations in response to the governor's stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The shutdown of telescope operations on Mauna Kea is expected to affect more than 500 technicians, astronomers, instrument scientists, engineers, and support staff who work at the Big Island summit and at observatory bases below, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. Democratic Gov. David Ige signed a March 23 proclamation ordering state residents to remain at their homes from March 25 through April 30, exempting workers deemed essential. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. Most of the work at the Mauna Kea observatories is federally funded so few, if any, employees are likely to be laid off or furloughed, said Doug Simons, director of Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. This is the second time operations on Mauna Kea have shut down in a year, following demonstrations that blocked the mountain's access road for more than five months beginning in July. Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope said the project, estimated to cost $2.4 billion, will desecrate land held sacred to some Native Hawaiians. Last year's shutdown interrupted hundreds of programs run by scientists from around the world and affected about 100 scientific publications that would have used data from Mauna Kea. Simons expects the same could happen for every month that the Mauna Kea observatories do not operate. "It's a big blow," he said, adding that some scientific discoveries...
March 27, 2020
WebWire
It's three o'clock in the afternoon at the Lunalilo Home, a residential and day care centre for elderly people nestling at the foot of a dormant volcano on the outskirts of Honolulu, the capital of the US state of Hawaii. Novena Sanchez, originally from the Philippines, busies herself looking after the kupuna, the Hawaiian term for older people, who have gathered in the home's communal room for an afternoon of activities. Ms. Sanchez came to the United States some 22 years ago after trai...
March 25, 2020
Houston Chronicle
MOSCOW (AP) - A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the northern Pacific on Wednesday and forecasters said tsunami waves were possible for the nearest shores. A brief tsunami watch for Hawaii was canceled. The quake struck 219 kilometers (136 miles) south-southeast of Severo on Russia's far eastern Kuril Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was 56 kilometers (37 miles) deep. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned hazardous waves were possible in parts of the Kurils, but later said based on further analysis that waves of less than 30 centimeters (a foot) above tide level were possible in the northern Pacific. It noted that the wave height and potential hazard may vary by geography and other local features. A tsunami watch issued for Hawaii was halted shortly afterward. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake was a stronger 7.8 magnitude and may cause a slight change of sea levels around Japanese coasts.
Associated Press
March 22, 2020
Boston Herald
Hawaii's governor has instituted a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine starting Thursday of all people traveling to the state as part of efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus.
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
March 18, 2020
CTVNews
The cost to build a giant telescope that's unpopular among many Native Hawaiians is now estimated to have ballooned by a billion dollars.
March 3, 2020
Geekologie
This is short video of a very quick moving lava flow near Leilani Estates after an eruption from Kilauea's Fissure 8 on Hawai'i in 2018. I, uh, I didn't know lava flows were ever so speedy. I mean that...
February 27, 2020
Houston Chronicle
HONOLULU (AP) - Two sea lions rescued off the coast of California are making their debut at a new home in a Hawaii aquatic park. The sea lions named Niblet and Brawler are 3-year-old females and joined the aquatic attractions at Sea Life Park on Oahu Wednesday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. They were separately rescued by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine animals back to the wild. After a quarantine and health care they were transferred to the park in Waimanalo, about 14 miles (23 kilometers) from Honolulu. A traditional Hawaiian blessing to welcome them is scheduled for Sunday. "They're little ambassadors because they have an incredible story to tell," said Sea Life Park curator Jeff Pawloski. The sea lions were rescued during what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration refers to as an "unusual mortality event" involving a significant number of pups and yearlings that were stranded from 2013 to 2017. The causes of the Southern California stranding event remain unknown, but the NOAA suspects a change in the availability of sea lion prey was a contributing factor. Niblet, the smaller of the sea lions, was first rescued in January 2017 at Huntington Beach, California. The malnourished pup was cared for and released about seven months later, but found again in January 2018 with low weight. Brawler was rescued in May 2017 from Dana Point, California. After rehabilitating her, the center implanted a microchip and released the sea lion in September but found her four days later, nearly lifeless with her eyes nearly glossed over. Scientists determined she is about 70% blind. Niblet and Brawler will be on display at the park's new Sea Lion Nursery Pool. The pair will...
February 27, 2020
Geekologie
This is a video of an owl and hawk flying through a cloud of ~20,000 trackable helium bubbles (I actually counted far fewer) to help scientists better understand the aerodynamics of the birds' flight, and how they're able to...
February 17, 2020
WebWire
A new study finds a wide state-by-state variation in rates of melanoma caused by ultraviolet (UV) exposure with highest rates in several states on the East and West Coast including Hawaii, but also a few landlocked states, including Utah, Vermont, and Minnesota. The report, appearing in the International Journal of Cancer, finds state-level incidence rates for UV-attributable melanoma ranged from 15 cases per 100,000 in Alaska to 65 cases per 100,000 in Hawaii. The authors say variations...
Brittany A. Roston
February 16, 2020
SlashGear
A new study out of the Yale School of Public Health has found that air pollution may be able to trigger non-fatal heart attacks, making the ultrafine particles
Sky
January 30, 2020
Sky News
The world's largest solar telescope has taken pictures of the sun's surface in new levels of detail.
January 30, 2020
WebWire
Dentsu Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President &CEO: Hiroshi Igarashi; Capital 10,000 million Yen) announced that it will partner with Jelly Works LCC*1 (Headquarters: Honolulu; President: Rechung Fujihara) in Hawaii to offer an exchange membership program beginning February 1, 2020. Furthermore, as part of the partnership, the companies will also launch Island Innovation Project to support startups and entrepreneurs focusing on solutions and innovation relevant to island formati...
Dennis Overbye
January 30, 2020
www.nytimes.com
A new telescope in Hawaii takes aim at our nearest star and its mysteries.
John Fialka
January 29, 2020
Scientific American
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Alexandra Witze
January 20, 2020
Scientific American
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
Agence France-Presse
January 3, 2020
The Telegraph
Australia's military launched the seaborne evacuation of hundreds of people trapped in a southeastern town Friday, as the country braced for yet more catastrophic bushfire conditions.
January 3, 2020
NDTV.com
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison faced enraged hecklers and an angry firefighter in a town ravaged by bushfires, piling pressure on the leader amid an unprecedented crisis that has killed at least 18 people.
Shubashree Desikan
December 28, 2019
The Hindu
The advance prediction gives a large window of preparedness for space weather variations
Harriet Alexander
December 27, 2019
The Telegraph
Rescuers in Hawaii were searching on Friday for a helicopter which failed to return to its landing spot on "Jurassic Park island" on Thursday evening.
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