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By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher The Associated Press

Don’t call dolphin hybrid spotted off Hawaii a ‘wholphin’

HONOLULU — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don’t call it a “wholphin,” they say.

The melon-headed whale is one of the various species that’s called a whale but is technically a dolphin.

Telescope project still faces fight from Hawaiian opponents

HONOLULU — One of Hawaii’s most divisive issues is centred on a largely barren, wintry mountain its peak the highest point in the state accessible via vehicles with four-wheel drive that can navigate a steep gravel road with sharp switchbacks. Breathing can be difficult up there at an elevation of nearly 14,000 feet (4,267 metres).

Weight survey for Pago Pago fliers prompts airline action

HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines executives had a dilemma: Their planes were burning more fuel than projected on their regular 2,600-mile route between Honolulu and American Samoa.

Various factors for increased fuel use, like winds, were ruled out. So the carrier asked passengers on the twice weekly flights if they wouldn’t mind being weighed before boarding.

Canoe crew on round-the-world voyage stops in South Africa to teach about Hawaiian culture

HONOLULU The Polynesian voyaging canoe that is guided solely by nature as it circles the globe has reached South Africa, the halfway point on its three-year journey and the most dangerous leg partly because of complicated ocean conditions.