On a Sunday at sunrise, the South Kona sky painted in pastels, I drive bleary-eyed on From the outside, the quaint hillside structure, surrounded by tropical gardens, seems a perfect fit for the area: Were it not for its steepled bell tower and pointed-arch windows, the boxy church could easily be mistaken for an out-sized plantation house, a style popular in the surrounding countryside. But the outside belies the cathedral inside.
Since the introduction from their native Japan in the early 1900s, blossoming cherry trees have proven harbingers of seasonal change in the United States. Bred for blooms and not for fruit, varieties like Yoshino, Kwanzan, and Akebono explode in a showy spectacle of delicate pink and white flowers for around two weeks each year. The downy blossoms blanket parks, gardens, and towns in a visual transition away from the harsh chill of winter and toward the growing warmth of longer days.
Taking cues from the ingenuity of early Arctic abodes, hotels around the world have successfully tapped into our modern frozen fantasies and built incredible experiences to immerse us comfortably in the glory of winter. Eat on ice plates, sprawl out on a frozen bed atop furs like royalty, spend posh evenings in heated eco-luxury pods eating seasonal locavore cuisine, and witness the majesty of calving glaciers and swirling auroras. If you’re ready to experience a true winter wonderland, consider booking a stay at one of these nine ice and igloo hotels around the world.
First came an errant alert that a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii. Then 50 inches of rain were recorded in one day on Kauai, flooding parts of the island. Next a slow-motion eruption of the Kilauea volcano ravaged parts of the Big Island. Now the state is facing its latest potential calamity: A Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 120 miles an hour.
Self-reliant and self-assured, rural-chic Maui packs dreamy surfer seascapes, untamed jungles, rugged locavore farms, and world-class creature comforts into its 728 square miles. This is so much more than a beach vacation. Maui visitors can experience authentic hula, swim beneath waterfalls, kayak with humpback whales, explore upcountry’s paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage, hike through lush and spiritually significant valleys, or just tuck into a papaya bowl at a trendy café.
The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island unleashed havoc when the earth split open, lava spewed hundreds of feet into the air and molten rock swallowed streets in a residential neighborhood. In the days since the eruptions began, 1,700 people have been evacuated, and many homes have been consumed by fire.
For decades, forensic scientists have relied on genetic evidence to piece together stories at crime scenes. In the past 5 to 10 years, aquatic researchers have used environmental DNA (“eDNA”), the detectable genetic material that almost every living thing leaves behind, to help answer similar questions in freshwater and marine settings.
Images of the eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii offer a vivid display of yellow and red lava bubbling from fissures, orange fires, and white smoke, but the authorities on Saturday warned of something unseen but no less dangerous: high levels of sulfur dioxide gas.
Fresh volcanic eruptions on the southern end of the island of Hawaii after a series of tremors left residents displaced and frightened as the authorities evacuated the state’s largest park on Friday and worked to keep people out of two subdivisions that had been evacuated.
The weird and wonderful creatures that populate Hawai‘i’s offshore waters are visible each night on this black-water dive.