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  • According to the most recent annual report from the USDA, it now costs $234,900 to provide a child with 17 years of food, shelter, and other necessities. For 2011, that broke down to an annual cost for two-parent, middle-income families of $12,290 to $14,320 –depending on the child’s age. The USDA has a “Cost of Raising a Child”  on their website, which shows that the category taking up the largest chunk out of parental pockets is housing. The second- largest expense category is childcare. Those

    According to the most recent annual report from the USDA, it now costs $234,900 to provide a child with 17 years of food, shelter, and other necessities. Click to learn more.

  • Hawaii, Lanai, aerial view of Puu Pehe, Sweetheart Rock.

    Hawaii's private-owned paradise island, Lanai, is torn these days by economic and cultural conflict, struggling with its identity and an uncertain future after its reclusive residents learned that their island had been sold to the reclusive billionaire owner of a software company, the New York Times reports.

  • Presidential Vacation Homes Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 9:45 AM ET
    Location: Kailua Bay, HawaiiPrice: $9.8 millionBedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 7Square Footage: 5,145This Hawaiian retreat was the “winter White House”  in December 2011. (From 2008 until 2010, the Obamas rented  each December. ) The house, which is currently on the market for nearly , is Asian-inspired with bamboo ceilings. In front there’s a lagoon-like pool and Jacuzzi, and out back is the ocean.

    Whether it’s “the Summer White House,” “the Winter White House,” a beach house or a fishing camp, presidents need to get away, too.

  • Larry Ellison

    Even before buying the Hawaiian island of Lanai, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was among the biggest spenders in corporate America.

  • Oracle's Larry Ellison Buys 98% of Hawaiian Island Lanai Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:09 PM ET
    Hawaii, Lanai, aerial view of Puu Pehe, Sweetheart Rock.

    Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie says Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has agreed to buy 98 percent of the island of Lanai.

  • Who Will Buy Hawaiian Island's Inhabitants Home Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 3:56 PM ET
    Hawaii, Lanai, aerial view of Puu Pehe, Sweetheart Rock.

    The sale of Hawaii's smallest publicly accessible inhabited island is imminent, with an asking price of upward of $500 million.

  • Salvaged Sanctuaries: Homes Made from Junk Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 4:53 PM ET
    Location: Berkeley, Calif.This small and very green two-bedroom home designed by  incorporates more than 100 salvaged car roofs on its second-story walls. The roofs were harvested from gray cars that were left for scrap at junkyards. The awnings were formed from Dodge Caravan side windows. (The firm’s website points out that what was once America’s bestselling minivan is now one of junkyards’ most commonly found minivans.) The first floor exterior walls are lined with poplar bark, a waste produc

    As the world gets more crowded and landfills fill up more of the land, people are looking for ways to build homes using fewer raw materials and more repurposed old materials.

  • Million Dollar Homes Across America 2012 Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 10:00 AM ET
    How much can you get for $1 million in today’s real estate market? The answer, of course, varies depending on where you’re looking to buy. In the wake of the U.S. housing crisis, consumer confidence and home values fell sharply, while prices in some cities are less than half of what they were in 2007. In many local markets, however, such as in New York, San Francisco, Anchorage, Alaska, and Omaha, Neb., people on the front lines are optimistic about a recovery in sales volumes, prices and buyer

    CNBC.com surveyed real estate agents in 18 U.S. cities to gain individual perspectives on the health of America’s local real estate markets. Check out the list!

  • Aloha Allegiant! New Airline Service To Hawaii Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 3:37 PM ET
    Allegiant Air

    Allegiant Airlines on Tuesday announced new service to Hawaii beginning this summer. The carrier begins flights to Honolulu from Las Vegas on June 29 and from Fresno on June 30. Airfares will start at $174 each way.

  • States With the Best Credit Scores Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 5:09 PM ET
    In January 2010, the average credit score in the United States was 692, according to  Today, it’s between 700 and 710, according to John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at  a credit-monitoring website. In an interview with CNBC.com, he said that reduction of credit-card debt is the main factor behind increased credit scores. “There’s no doubt,” he said.If average credit scores are rising because consumers have begun to pay down their credit-card debts, then economic conditions must be

    Not all states are created equal. Read ahead to see which states have the best credit scores in the country.

  • Rock Star Homes Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 1:32 PM ET
    Musicians often have humble beginnings to their careers, sometimes playing on a subway platform or performing on the street for spare change. For the lucky ones who attain musical super stardom, they can afford previously unheard-of luxuries. And some of them buy star-worthy homes.This collection features the habitations of performers from rock to pop and beyond. We’ve got two glamorous homes associated with American Idol, and two not-to-be-believed properties in New York City. Let’s begin this

    This collection features the habitations of performers from rock to pop and beyond. We’ve got two glamorous homes associated with 'American Idol,' and two not-to-be-believed properties in New York.

  • It's not too late to be an astronaut — two universities are offering six lucky applicants the chance to be astronauts in ... Hawaii! Just one little catch: How are your cooking skills?

  • Gas Prices in All 50 States Back Above $3 a Gallon Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 1:48 PM ET
    Shell gas station sign

    Gas prices in all 50 states this week are back above $3 per gallon for the first time since December 15, when regular unleaded gasoline remained at this level for nearly 10 months.

  • The Worst States For Business Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 4:38 PM ET
    Anchorage, Alaska

    The 50th state no longer ranks 50th in CNBC's Top States For Business rankings.

  • Six States Where Gas Prices Average More Than $4 a Gallon Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 2:25 PM ET
    $4 Gas in California

    It seems wherever you go these days, you can't help but feel the pinch when it comes to gas prices at the pump. Here is a breakdown of the states with the highest and lowest prices.

  • Hawaii Fears Economic Fallout From Japan Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 9:43 AM ET

    Japan is Hawaii's second largest market for tourists behind the US mainland. Last year, 1.2 million Japanese came to the islands and spent $1.9 billion, according to the state tourism officials.  Now, all of this is threatened.

  • Hawaii — Paradise Lost or Found? Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 11:06 AM ET

    I'm in Hawaii to cover the unique economic challenges facing the Aloha State. I'm also here to moderate the state's CFA annual forecast dinner.