AFP: “Pipeline” or “Pipe,” is a surf reef break located in Hawaii, off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on O’ahu’s North Shore. Pipeline is notorious for huge waves which break in shallow water just above a sharp and cavernous reef, forming large, hollow, thick curls of water that surfers can tube ride.
Surfers hit the waves on the island of Oahu in Hawaii following competition in the Billabong Pipe Masters on Dec. 25. Christmas Day at the pipeline was the best day of the winter season so far, with the world’s best surfers catching waves and dominating the pack.
Across the county Wednesday, public ceremonies, private remembrances, and impromptu selfies marked the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that pushed the United States into World War II.
Hardened lava rock from Kilauea, an active volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, is shown in Volcanoes National Park near Kalapana, Hawaii. The current lava flow erupted from a vent on the volcano in May and made its way to the sea in late July. Visitors can hike about 10 miles round trip to see the lava, or take a boat or helicopter tour to see the flow.
A Church in Hawaii is taking an unconventional approach to solving the problem of homelessness on the islands: they’ve purchased igloos made in Alaska to shelter families. Though an igloo in paradise may seem like an odd fit, the white fiberglass exterior reflects the sun’s rays, providing shade on the inside.
HONOLULU — Hawaii has long been known as a tropical paradise, but in recent years another image has intruded into the state’s carefully crafted one of idyllic beaches and relaxing resorts: homelessness.
The number of homeless people has grown in recent years, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people, the nation’s highest rate per capita, above New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics.
Many of the homeless, however, defy the stereotype of the mentally ill or drug addicted. They are families, with men and women who work full-time jobs. They are struggling to get a foothold in a place with a high cost of living and low wages.