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On this Sunday morning, NHC is issuing advisories on Hurricane Rachel, located several hundred miles west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

Elsewhere, disorganized showers and thunderstorms extending from the coast of southeastern Mexico southward for several hundred miles are associated with a broad area of low pressure. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development, and a tropical depression could form around the middle part of the week while the system drifts west-northwestward or northwestward.

Get the latest on the tropics anytime by visiting the NHC website

Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What?


SEPT. 23, 2014

The Tamatea Nui Lana’i Polynesian dance group. All of Lanai’s owners have sought, in one way or another, to refashion the island into a paradise on earth. Larry Ellison hopes to transform it into the “first economically viable, 100 percent green community.”
Credit Mark Peterson and Greta Pratt for The New York Times

Henry Jolicoeur is a retired French Canadian hypnotherapist and a glass-products importer who enjoys making very low-budget documentary films. 

In the summer of 2012, Jolicoeur read that Larry Ellison, a founder of the Silicon Valley giant Oracle and the fifth-richest man in the world, had bought 97 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai — not a 97 percent stake in some kind of company, but 97 percent of the physical place. 

Jolicoeur was curious, so he booked a flight and packed his camera.

Jolicoeur knew a little about Lanai, having lived in Hawaii in the ’90s. 

It is among the smallest and least trafficked of Hawaiian islands — a quiet, sp…