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Welcome To Lanai, One Of Hawaii's Best Kept Secrets

The island of Lanai is one of Hawaii's best kept secrets.<p>It's one of the smallest, least-populated islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. Few mainlanders even know it exists as it can only be accessed by ferry or small plane via Maui or Oahu.<p>Billionaire Larry Ellison, however, did notice this quiet …

Hawaii

How the father of surfing became an idol -- first in Hawaii, then around the world

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku may be known as a legendary surfer, but museum-goers are about to learn much more about one of Hawaii’s most famous sons.<p>Kahanamoku’s legacy will be recalled in an exhibit Aug. 9-Nov. 30 at Honolulu’s Bishop Museum. Visitors will learn that his talents went well beyond his …

Why are the best films the old ones?

As BBC Culture’s poll of the greatest US films ever is published, Tom Brook asks if it’s true that ‘they don’t make ‘em like they used to’.<p>Contemporary films fared poorly in BBC Culture’s poll of the greatest US films: the most recent movie in the top ten is The Godfather: Part II, released 41 …

Challenging cultural norms is the first step towards gender parity in India

Embarking on a cultural exchange programme Sharmistha Banerjee discovers what the US and India can teach one another about gender equality<p>Hailing from India and currently attending a nine month program in the US, I am struck by the differences and similarities between the women in the two countries …

I’m an African Muslim who loves America, even though the feeling isn't always mutual

I grew up listening to the sounds of 1990s hip hop, bobbing my head to Craig Mack, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. As I got older, my music tastes expanded. At university, at the urging of a friend, I was introduced to the lyricism of Miles Davis, the intensity of John Coltrane’s 20 minute solos and …

Inside Comic-Con 2015: Drowning in fandom at the vortex of pop culture

<i>This is the first story in our summer series,</i> <i>RoadTrip 2015: The Global Hunt for Innovation</i><i>.</i><p>SAN DIEGO -- "You don't even want to know."<p>That was the San Diego Comic-Con staffer's response when I asked just how long fans had been waiting to gain access to the infamous Hall H for arguably the most …

From Kewpies to Minions: A Brief History of Pop Culture Cuteness

It’s seldom an accident. It’s not a lightning strike or a shooting star — more like a mad science. It’s specifically designed to make viewers weak in …

Scientists Were ‘Astonished’ to Find Bible Quotes on ‘Most Ancient Hebrew Scroll Since the Dead Sea Scrolls’

A burned parchment believed to be 1,500-years-old was unearthed near the Dead Sea in 1970, but researchers have just now succeeded in deciphering the contents of the find they have called “the most ancient Hebrew scroll since the Dead Sea Scrolls.”<p>Though the scroll was charred and tightly rolled, …

"Heroes Come with Empty Sleeves"

<i>Curator Dr. Katherine Ott invited students in Dr. Samuel J. Redman's Museum/Historic Site Interpretation Seminar to explore the museum's disability</i> …

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7 weird and wonderful medieval facts

To modern minds, the Middle Ages might seem full of alien concepts and circumstances. Now, a new book aims to demystify this complex period in …

Majrit/Mayrit: The Andalusi Muslim Heritage of Medieval Madrid

Although the area has been inhabited since ancient times, the foundation of the city now known as Madrid owes its origins to a small Roman settlement …

'Mummy of a child warrior from 'lost medieval civilisation' unearthed near Arctic'

The child - seen here in these remarkable pictures for the first time - appears to be from a higher social strata that previous remains unearthed at …

Flip phones make a comeback, in Japan

Market research firm MM Research Institue reported that flip phone shipments rose 5.7 percent year-over-year in 2014 to 10.58 million while …

Preserving Americana in New Jersey, the Diner Capital of the World

How did New Jersey earn its status as the diner capital of the world?<p>Steel siding, egg creams, cake display boxes, and neon signage—you can't really talk about dining history in the U.S. without talking about the all-American diner. Which is why Middlesex County, New Jersey is hosting an exhibit …

The Gentleman Distillery Will Sell the First Bourbon Made in Bourbon County Since Prohibition

In 1919, the year before the Noble Experiment was enacted nationwide, Bourbon County, Kentucky, was home to 26 distilleries. After Prohibition ended, none of them reopened and bourbon distilled in the county hasn’t been available for purchase there since. However, this September, The Gentleman …

How Japan became a pop culture superpower

Virtually every childhood craze of the past 30 years has its beginnings in Japan. Today its influence is stronger than ever<p>There is an island nation, just off the main body of a continent. It gained an empire from the force of its military and the finesse of its trading contracts. The empire …

A land of legend far Faroe away

The North Atlantic archipelago is a mystical place where Viking history mingles with Faroe folklore, sheep outnumber humans, and magical elves hide where birds come to roost.<p>These are interesting times for the Faroe Islands. The rugged North Atlantic archipelago is currently rewriting its history …

Bhutan’s dark secret to happiness

Citizens of one of the happiest countries on Earth are surprisingly comfortable contemplating a topic many prefer to avoid. Is that the key to joy?<p>On a visit to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, I found myself sitting across from a man named Karma Ura, spilling my guts. Maybe it was the fact that he …

Bhutan

How NOT to behave in 15 countries around the world

After this year's horrible winter, the spring travel bug should be biting with a vengeance. But as you plan your getaways, try not to become the stereotypical "Ugly American."<p>We did our own research and took a look at a Quora thread that addresses the issue of travel etiquette. In the thread, …

Italy has some of the most beautiful abandoned ruins in the world

As the man behind the camera at Forgotten Heritage Photography, Matt Emmett has ventured into abandoned buildings of every stripe: long-shuttered mills, subterranean cisterns, and rust-encrusted power stations, in his native UK and beyond. Guided by a mission to capture the aesthetics, character, …

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Paris street art: Gare du Nord goes graffiti with Quai 36 project

One of the Paris station’s main platforms becomes a huge gallery – part of the Quai 36 project – for street art until 8 July. These images give a glimpse of what to expect from the artists showcasing their work in front of 700,000 daily commuters

The gorgeous simplicity of life as a Siberian nomad

Khanty-Mansiysk is an oil-rich and hilly region in central Russia. About 1.5 million people populate this vast area the size of France. The English-language newspaper Siberian Times has called it “the Siberian equivalent of Texas.” Over half of Russia’s oil is produced here. Today, the capital of …

Lost streets of Old Paris

Lost streets of Old Paris<p>Eugène Atget's record of a city about to be swept away<p>1902<p>1902<p>Eugène Atget (1857-1927) took up photography because he felt …

Avant-garde

A Glimpse Inside Hawaii's 'Forbidden Island'

Secluded and untouched.<p>When the sun sets over Kauai's Kekaha Beach on an especially clear night, a tall, silhouetted tract of land emerges west of the Hawaiian islands, toward the horizon.<p>For most of the state’s residents, that’s the only way to see the island of Niihau.<p>It's known as "The Forbidden …