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By Caleb Jones The Associated Press

Alert level increased at world’s largest volcano in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Federal officials raised the alert level Tuesday for the world’s largest active volcano, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, which last erupted in 1984.

The U.S. Geological Survey changed the level from “normal” to “advisory” following a steady increase in earthquakes and ground swelling that began in March.

Controversial telescope to be built on sacred Hawaiian peak

HONOLULU — After years of protests and legal battles, officials have announced that a massive telescope which will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on a Hawaiian volcano that some consider sacred.

The state announced a “notice to proceed” for the Thirty Meter Telescope project at a news conference Thursday.

NASA study in Hawaii paving way for human travel to Mars

HONOLULU — A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a remote Hawaii volcano to study human behaviour in long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars.

The six scientists enter their new home Thursday on the Big Island’s Mauna Loa volcano for an eight-month stay.

Deep-sea volcano a hotspot for mysterious life

GEOLOGIST SEAMOUNTS, Hawaii — The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts.

The three-man submarine went down, down, down into the abyss and drew within sight of something no human had ever laid eyes on: Cook seamount, a 13,000-foot extinct volcano at the bottom of the sea.

NASA takes 23,000-foot view of the world’s coral reefs

COCONUT ISLAND, Hawaii — Coral reefs have almost always been studied up close, by scientists in the water looking at small portions of larger reefs to gather data and knowledge about the larger ecosystems. But NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking a step back and getting a wider view, from about 23,000 feet above.