Rebuilding of “Blue Hawaii” hotel begins

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2007, file photo, workers move the Coco Palms Resort unit sales sign away from the Kuamoo Road side of the former resort in Wailua, Hawaii. Developers are finally rebuilding the storied resort where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the 1961 film “Blue Hawaii,” closed after sustaining damage from Hurricane Iniki in September 1992. (Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

HONOLULU (AP) — Work has finally begun on rebuilding the storied resort where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the 1961 film “Blue Hawaii,” decades after a major hurricane heavily damaged its buildings and forced its closure.

NY fort with long history offers new ways to view it

In this Friday, June 17, 2016 photo, a cannon is pulled through a sally port at Fort Ticonderoga before a demonstration in Ticonderoga, N.Y. Fort Ticonderoga has educated and entertained visitors for decades with exhibits, fife-and-drum performances and cannon and musket demonstrations. Now the historic site overlooking Lake Champlain in New York’s eastern Adirondack Mountains has two more attractions: a trail along America’s bloodiest pre-Civil War battleground and cruises on a boat called the Carillon. The cruises provide a soldier’s-eye view of the fort that was once key to controlling the region. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) — Fort Ticonderoga has educated and entertained visitors for decades with exhibits, fife-and-drum performances and cannon and musket demonstrations.

Scientists battle to save world’s coral reefs

This May 2016 photo provided by NOAA shows bleaching and some dead coral around Jarvis Island, which is part of the U.S. Pacific Remote Marine National Monument. Scientists found 95 percent of the coral is dead in what had been one of the worlds most lush and isolated tropical marine reserve. More than 2,000 international reef scientists, policymakers and stakeholders are gathering in Hawaii starting Monday, June 20, 2016, to discuss the latest coral science and what can be done to stop widespread death of the world's reefs. (Bernardo Vargas-Angel/NOAA via AP)

HONOLULU (AP) — After the most powerful El Nino on record heated the world’s oceans to never-before-seen levels, huge swaths of once vibrant coral reefs that were teeming with life are now stark white ghost towns disintegrating into the sea.

Shark survivor, wows in surf competition

In this May 31, 2016 photo provided by World Surf League, Bethany Hamilton competes at Cloudbreak, near Tavarua Island in Fiji. Hamilton, who lost her left arm to a shark in 2003, placed third in the World Surf League Fiji Women's Pro, knocking the top ranked woman surfer in the world out of the competition. (Ed Sloane/World Surf League via AP)

HONOLULU (AP) — It’s a feat that few have the bravery or physical ability to attempt: taking on one of the world’s most dangerous waves while competing against the best surfers in the sport.

Preservation of historic flags sparks debate

In this photo taken Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015 historic flags beginning to disintegrate are seen at the statehouse Concord, N.H. An effort is being considered to properly preserve them for centuries to come.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Eighty-eight Civil War flags, some tattered, some stained in blood and ripped by bullet holes, capture the attention of visitors to New Hampshire’s State House.

Mayan culture in Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan region

This November 2015 photo shows a street in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala. San Juan La Laguna is known for women's cooperatives using natural dyes. Located in Guatemala's Western Highlands, Lake Atitlan is a tourist-friendly area rich in the Mayan culture. (Kristi Eaton via AP)

PANAJACHEL, Guatemala (AP) — The boat zips across the water starting early in the morning, picking up local villagers and dropping them off at various points around the lake. A few passengers wear traditional Mayan dress in a kaleidoscope of colors, heading to the town of Panajachel in hopes of selling their handmade crafts to tourists.

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