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The First Driverless Transit System In The US Starts Rolling In 2017

Since 2011, Honolulu’s been busy building a $US5.2 billion solution to help alleviate the mind-blowing traffic congestion that’s come to define life on Oahu’s South Shore. The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is a 32km, 21-station elevated train — and it will be the first completely driverless rail system in the US.


How To Live Off The Land In Paradise

Away from the tourist hoards, Maui’s east side — Hana and Kipahulu — is an unspoiled tropical paradise full of secret beaches, sacred waterfalls and a jungle so fertile it provides all the food you’ll need. Here’s how you can enjoy it like the locals.


Stunning Selfie Of A Lone Man Facing A Terrifying Volcano Pit

Look at that lonely guy, so tiny and fragile on the edge of the fiery Gates of Hell — the Kilauea Volcano’s Halemaumau Crater. His name is Andrew Hara, the photographer who took this amazing self-portrait, which was just featured as photo of the day in National Geographic’s Your Shot. How the hell did he do it?


Hawaii Uses Lasers To Scare Endangered Birds Away From Power Lines

Hawaii has a bird problem. They keep crashing into power lines and dying. While that’s not so grim when pigeons are involved, the situation gets more serious when the birds are endangered. And many of the species in Hawaii are. That’s why they’re busting out the lasers.


Zigzagging Light Of Unknown Origin Spotted In Hawaii

There’s nothing more befuddling than looking up at the sky and seeing a strange light appear out of nowhere. Your adult brain tells you it can’t be what you want it to be, but when you check with adult-brained officials, they’re clueless too. That’s what just happened in Hawaii. A mysterious zigzagging light popped up out of nowhere and no one knows what is it or where it came from.


Watch As This Map Tracks The Whales Swimming Around Hawaii

Would you rather be swimming off the coast of Hawaii right now? You aren’t alone, and I can’t get you there — but your imagination and the Smartmine Whale Tracking map can!


Where On Earth Is This Freaky Lava Pool?

Where on Earth is this freaky lava pool? Why do people hate love locks? Is it true that fire ants love the suburbs? And what do the soon-to-be-lost sounds of the industrial age sound like? All your answers are here, in this week’s landscape reads!


Beautiful Drone Footage Of Surfing In Hawaii

Check out this slick aerial drone footage of surfers hitting Pipeline in Oahu’s North Shore…


The Happiest And Saddest Places In The US As Told By Tweets

According to a team at the very not-real-sounding Vermont Complex Systems centre and based on what is surely a totally objective and not-at-all arbitrary analysis of tweets, the US-state of Louisiana is understandably (Katrina and blacking out the Super Bowl for two examples) the saddest state, while the holiday island Hawaii (sunshine, pineapple, knowing they bestowed Manti Te’o unto the world) is the happiest.


Monster Machines: DSVs Reveal The Flora And Fauna Of Hawaii's Seas

The world’s oceans cover two-thirds of our planet but we’ve only explored about 10 per cent of its depths. Alvin can only do so much, so the US Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has relied on a twin pair of Deep Sea Vehicles (DSV) to explore the waters around Hawaii for over a decade and what they’ve found has already changed history.


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