Larry Ellison Rejuvenating Hawaii's Sixth-Largest Island (Which He Owns)
McGruber writes "In June of 2012, we discussed news that Larry Ellison, co-founder and chief executive of Oracle, purchased the Hawaiian island Lanai for $300 million. Ellison now owns nearly everything on the island, including many of the candy-colored plantation-style homes and apartments, one of the two grocery stores, the two Four Seasons hotels and golf courses, the community center and pool, water company, movie theater, half the roads and some 88,000 acres of land. (2% of the island is owned by the government or by longtime Lanai families.) Now Ellison is attempting to win over the island's small, but wary, local population, one whose economic future is heavily dependent on his decisions. He and his team have met with experts in desalination and solar energy to change the way water and electricity are generated, collected, stored and delivered on the island. They are refurbishing residential housing intended for workers (Mr. Ellison's Lanai Resorts owns and manages 400 of the more ...
Scientist at Work Blog: Learning by Doing in the Au’au Channel
Students are able to join the Hawaiian expedition and help in recording humpback whales’ habits.
Construction of World's Largest Optical Telescope Approved
The University of Hawaii at Hilo has been granted a permit by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources to begin construction of the $1.3 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). From the article: "The TMT has been in development for over a decade, but the large amount of land needed for its construction raised concerns over the environmental and cultural impact of such a project. Now, however, the land board has rendered a final decision, saying that the university had satisfied the eight criteria necessary under Hawaiian state law to allow the venture to go forward. The giant TMT will be an optical and infrared telescope with enough coverage area and sharpness to observe light from 13 billion years ago, track extrasolar planets, and observe planets and stars in their early formative years."
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Hawaiian best on time, American Air, ExpressJet worst: study
(Reuters) - Hawaiian Airlines performed best at sticking to time schedules in 2012, while Skywest Inc's ExpressJet and AMR Corp's American Airlines were the worst, a study of the 14 biggest U.S....
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Hawaii's Makana 'Kickstarting' a new album with your help (video)
Makana, the well-known singer, song-writer and Hawaiian slack key guitar player has a chance to have an album produced by a Multi-Platinum producer and Grammy-award winning keyboardist, but he needs a little help.