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'Tetris' Owner Takes Hawaii Home And Ranch Off The Grid

AP | James Cave | July 6, 2015 | Technology
HONOLULU (AP) — High above the bustling city of Honolulu, in a quiet, exclusive hillside neighborhood where some of the island's wealthiest residents live, there is an extravagant home that's not quite like the others. The 6,000-square-foot house has a view overlooking Diamond Head, Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean, and...

Solar-Powered Plane Soars Over The Pacific Without A Drop Of Fuel

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | July 6, 2015 | Technology
A solar-powered, single-pilot airplane just made aviation (and renewable energy) history, completing the 4,000-mile journey from Japan to Hawaii without stops or fossil fuel. The plane landed Friday morning at Kalaeloa Airport on the island of Oahu. HE MADE IT! @andreborschberg just touched...

Drug Traffickers Get Creative When Mailing Meth To Hawaii

AP | Chloe Fox | July 2, 2015 | Weird News
HONOLULU (AP) — Federal agents last month intercepted a package mailed to Hawaii from Southern California containing a toaster oven. Hidden inside the four-slice toaster, there appeared to be 6 pounds of crystal meth. Leland Akau Sr. and Allen Gorion, who allegedly received the package in Kapolei, pleaded not guilty...

The Kingii, A Tiny Life Preserver, Could Save Your Summer

The Huffington Post | James Cave | July 6, 2015 | Technology
We've all been there: Someone offers you a bulky, bright orange life vest and you politely decline. You know how to swim, you tell yourself. Plus, it would look pretty dorky. But according to the the United States Coast Guard, 82 percent of people who drowned in 2013

Hawaii Gets Nation's Second Ever Environmental Court

www.civilbeat.com | Chloe Fox | July 2, 2015 | Hawaii
If there are new challenges to the construction of telescopes on Mauna Kea, the expansion of Turtle Bay Resort or the Honolulu rail system’s impact on historic sites, they could be heard in Hawaii’s Environmental Court, which debuted Wednesday. Maui’s longstanding debate over sugar cane burning is already headed that...

The Story Of The High Schooler Who Got A B- For Designing The Current American Flag

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | July 5, 2015 | Arts
For the 4th of July, here's the little-known story of a kid, his impossible teacher, and our glorious 50-star flag. In 1958, a 17-year-old Bob Heft set out to complete an open-ended assignment for his American History class in Lancaster, Ohio. "Like a science fair" project, he would later explain, students could make whatever they wanted. To hear him speak about it, it's clear Heft has told this tale countless times. Inspired by the Betsy Ross story -- legend has it, the seamstress was called upon by George Washington himself to design the flag during the Revolutionary War -- Heft set about ambitiously making his own. At the time, there were only 48 states in the union. But, working off a hunch that Alaska and Hawaii would soon join, Heft added an extra couple stars. The teacher was unimpressed. "He said, 'Why you got too many stars? You don't even know how many states we have,'" Heft recalled. (Harsh, teach.) He earned a B- for his efforts -- which involved dissecting a 48-star flag his parents had received as a wedding gift and sewing it back together himself with knowledge he'd gleaned by watching his mother. The whole process had taken over 12 hours, he later told The Houston Chronicle. He'd even asked his grandmother to help, but she'd refused, upset that he'd ruined a perfectly good flag. Bob Heft spins a yarn. "Now, a B-minus ain't that bad of a grade," Heft admitted. "However, a friend of mine, Jim, he'd picked up five leaves off the ground -- he's taping these leaves down to the notebook and labeling them elm, hickory, maple -- and the teacher gave him the grade of an A. I was really -- I was upset." An A for leaves taped to paper, and a B- for a hand-sewn emblem of our great nation. The teacher -- who, at this point, may have simply had it out for young Bob Heft -- said he'd bump up the grade if the U.S. government officially adopted his design. The sheer indignity of it all gave Heft the momentum he needed. In August 1959, 21 letters and 18 phone calls later -- not to his parents' great pleasure upon seeing their phone bill -- Heft got a call from then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, inviting Heft to see his creation hoisted up the flagpole. But Heft was working and didn't know if his boss would let him take a quick vacation. So, to his boss' horror, he put the president on hold. (It all worked out, of course.) On July 4, 1960, the 50-star flag was officially raised over Fort McHenry in Maryland, with Heft standing proudly by. True to his word, Heft's teacher gave him that hard-sought A. Bob Heft later become a teacher himself. He kept a brisk schedule of motivational speaking engagements -- over 200 in his last year -- and died in December 2009. At the time of his death, his school project was safely tucked away in storage. Happy 4th! Eisenhower shows off the new 50-star design in August 1959....

These Beautiful Women Are Rocking Their Bikini Bodies For National Bikini Day

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | July 6, 2015 | Style
Come summer, so many women are plagued by the question, "Do I have a bikini body?" But here at The Huffington Post, we believe that all you need to have a "bikini body" is a bikini and a body. In honor of National Bikini Day on July...

Catch These 9 Patriotic Movies On Netflix This 4th Of July

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | July 2, 2015 | Entertainment
What should you watch on Netflix this weekend?

13 Ways Artists Around The World Have Interpreted The American Flag

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | July 2, 2015 | Arts
Happy (almost) birthday, America! We hope you're celebrating this festive occasion with no shortage of beverages, fireworks, BBQ and outdoor activities. But if you are in need of a brief party reprieve -- of the artistic variety -- we've got you covered. In honor of Independence Day, we at...

11 Tips And Tricks That'll Guarantee An Amazing Fourth Of July Cookout

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | July 2, 2015 | Taste
Fourth of July is upon us, and we all know what that means: an epic cookout. If all goes as it should, there will be lots of burgers, lots of beer, a flag cake, and a great big display of fireworks. It will be great. But,...

Comedian Kurt Braunohler Is Driving A Giant Butt Across The Country, Because America Needs This

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 1, 2015 | Comedy
We're not trying to be cheeky here, but grab a seat, and we'll get to the bottom of this. Kurt Braunohler -- comedian, skywriter and jet skier -- is hauling a giant paper-mache butt on the back end of his truck trailer. He's hightailing it across...

Hawaii Just Became The First State To Ban Plastic Bags At Grocery Checkouts

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | July 6, 2015 | Politics
As of Wednesday, grocery stores across the entire state of Hawaii are banned from distributing plastic bags. The City and County of Honolulu -- which covers the entirety of Oahu, Hawaii's most populated island -- is now enforcing a ban that prohibits stores from handing plastic bags to...

21 First-Date Horror Stories To Remind You That Romance Is Dead

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | July 1, 2015 | Women
Looking for love often puts people in weird, awkward and sometimes downright scary situations. While online dating, apps and nosy matchmaking mothers make it easier than ever to match up with hot singles in your area™, they also up the chances for first date disasters. We...

How One 'Mother Hen' In Hawaii Cares For 63 Homeless People At A Time

Civil Beat | Chloe Fox | July 1, 2015 | Impact
Any minute now, John Bean’s medicine should start kicking in. But, as he sits in the back seat of an aging Subaru Forester, it’s apparent that it hasn’t yet: Bean’s still hallucinating and talking incessantly. Behind the wheel, Carolina Jesus isn’t worried; she’s seen all this before. In fact, as...

6 Bug Sprays That Don't Stink

Dana Oliver | July 1, 2015 | Style
Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Maridav Whether we're wearing long-sleeved shirts or ankle-length summer dresses, it seems mosquitoes and spiders still manage to find a sliver of skin to enjoy. We're willing to try just about anything to keep these creepy crawlers away, but the...

Maui Police Department Concludes Investigation Into Employee Who Allegedly Masturbated In Public

Carla Herreria | July 1, 2015 | Crime
The Maui Police Department has finished investigating a department employee who is accused of flashing people and masturbating in front of them while driving a car with an obstructed license plate. The investigation has been sent to the county's prosecutor's office for review, Maui Police Sgt. Audra Sellers told The...

11 Fun Facts That Prove Octopuses Are All Kinds Of Astonishing

Landess Kearns | July 1, 2015 | Green
Whether you know it or not, octopuses are incredible. They're some of the smartest creatures under the sea, they can change their appearance entirely, and some of them are pretty darn cute. Below, 11 facts sure to convince you that octopuses are your new favorite animal. 1....

Maui County's Ban On GMO Crops Is Invalid: Federal Judge

Chloe Fox | June 30, 2015 | Green
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid. The county's ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county's authority, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in her...

Truck Swallowed By Sinkhole Proves Hawaii Isn't All Paradise

James Cave | June 30, 2015 | Hawaii
The poor state of Hawaii's infrastructure has long been documented, but when a road swallows a truck, well, that raises some eyebrows. A Honolulu sinkhole swallowed a parked truck on Thursday morning after a water main broke, flooding the intersection and adjacent yard. Twenty-three neighborhood residents...

Hawaii Governor Approves Traditional Hawaiian Burial Practices

Landess Kearns | June 30, 2015 | Religion
HONOLULU (AP) -- The governor of Hawaii signed a bill on Tuesday ensuring that Native Hawaiians can practice an ancient tradition in which a corpse is cleansed by fire and the bones are held as sacred in a natural cloth before being buried or interred. Gov. David Ige approved the...
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