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The way it was: Mauna Kea in 1945

| | Mar 29 2017 - 12:05am | Comments

We are kamaaina, born and raised in Hilo during the 1930s and 1940s. Bill, now living in Nevada, visited me here in Kona for the Christmas holidays and we traveled back on many old, sentimental journeys. One of the special ones was about his hike to the summit of Mauna Kea in 1945.

  1. | Posted: Feb 20 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — This year’s most important election will not occur in November, when more than 90 million votes will be cast for governors and national legislators. The most important election, crucial to an entire region’s economic well-being and to the balance of the nation’s political competition, has already occurred.

  2. | Posted: Feb 19 2014 - 1:02am

    As the usual suspects in Congress argue over whether to extend unemployment benefits, which ran out at the end of last year for more than a million jobless workers, I am feeling Germany envy.

  3. | Posted: Feb 19 2014 - 1:02am

    As the usual suspects in Congress argue over whether to extend unemployment benefits, which ran out at the end of last year for more than a million jobless workers, I am feeling Germany envy.

  4. | Posted: Feb 18 2014 - 1:01am

    AL HADALAT, Jordan — For refugees to arrive at this remote eastern border crossing — about 100 kilometers from Iraq — is itself a feat of courage and logistics. Jordan’s western crossings, nearer the fighting in Syria, are now, in the term of art, “managed” — meaning only the war wounded are taken in. Refugees from besieged areas of Daraa, Homs, Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus skirt government-held regions, pay middlemen for transport, provide bribes at checkpoints, and finally walk across a desert no man’s land to arrive in Jordan with little but poignant bundles of blankets and clothing. Most of the refugees are women and children. This batch included a 2-week-old baby.

  5. | Posted: Feb 18 2014 - 1:01am

    AL HADALAT, Jordan — For refugees to arrive at this remote eastern border crossing — about 100 kilometers from Iraq — is itself a feat of courage and logistics. Jordan’s western crossings, nearer the fighting in Syria, are now, in the term of art, “managed” — meaning only the war wounded are taken in. Refugees from besieged areas of Daraa, Homs, Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus skirt government-held regions, pay middlemen for transport, provide bribes at checkpoints, and finally walk across a desert no man’s land to arrive in Jordan with little but poignant bundles of blankets and clothing. Most of the refugees are women and children. This batch included a 2-week-old baby.

  6. | Posted: Feb 17 2014 - 1:01am

    Sen. Mitch McConnell is nothing if not careful and crafty. Which is what makes what happened on the Senate floor Wednesday night all the more remarkable.

  7. | Posted: Feb 17 2014 - 1:01am

    WASHINGTON — It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one.

  8. | Posted: Feb 17 2014 - 1:01am

    WASHINGTON — It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one.

  9. | Posted: Feb 17 2014 - 1:01am

    Sen. Mitch McConnell is nothing if not careful and crafty. Which is what makes what happened on the Senate floor Wednesday night all the more remarkable.

  10. | Posted: Feb 16 2014 - 1:03am

    WASHINGTON — Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans’ reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring America’s economic vigor. Without this, the nation will have a dismal future only Democrats can relish: government growing in order to allocate scarce opportunity.

  11. | Posted: Feb 16 2014 - 1:03am

    WASHINGTON — Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans’ reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring America’s economic vigor. Without this, the nation will have a dismal future only Democrats can relish: government growing in order to allocate scarce opportunity.

  12. | Posted: Feb 14 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — From now on, it’s the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah House.

  13. | Posted: Feb 14 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — From now on, it’s the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah House.

  14. | Posted: Feb 13 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — Many “Downton Abbey” watchers are nostalgia gluttons who grieved when Lord Grantham lost his fortune in Canadian railroad shares. There are, however, a discerning few whose admirable American sensibilities caused them to rejoice about Grantham’s loss: “Now perhaps this amiable but dilettantish toff will get off his duff and get a job.”

  15. | Posted: Feb 13 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — Many “Downton Abbey” watchers are nostalgia gluttons who grieved when Lord Grantham lost his fortune in Canadian railroad shares. There are, however, a discerning few whose admirable American sensibilities caused them to rejoice about Grantham’s loss: “Now perhaps this amiable but dilettantish toff will get off his duff and get a job.”