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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: Dec 16 2013 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — Politicians talk about family values but do almost nothing to help families. They talk about parental responsibility but do almost nothing to help parents. They talk about self-sufficiency but do precious little to make self-sufficiency a reality for those who must struggle hardest to achieve it.

  2. | Posted: Dec 15 2013 - 1:00am

    “It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another — it’s one damn thing over and over.” — Edna St. Vincent Millay

  3. | Posted: Dec 15 2013 - 1:00am

    “It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another — it’s one damn thing over and over.” — Edna St. Vincent Millay

  4. | Posted: Dec 15 2013 - 1:00am

    When the Obama administration realized that healthcare.gov was fundamentally broken rather than merely glitchy, aides called former management consultant Jeff Zients to fix it.

  5. | Posted: Dec 15 2013 - 1:00am

    When the Obama administration realized that healthcare.gov was fundamentally broken rather than merely glitchy, aides called former management consultant Jeff Zients to fix it.

  6. | Posted: Dec 14 2013 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

  7. | Posted: Dec 14 2013 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

  8. | Posted: Dec 13 2013 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — Rwanda’s ethnic conflict was a quarrel in a faraway country between people of which we know nothing — until it became a byword for moral abdication in the face of genocide. The same was true in Afghanistan, before it incubated a global threat. Americans have learned — or should have learned — to be more discriminating in their indifference.

  9. | Posted: Dec 13 2013 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — Rwanda’s ethnic conflict was a quarrel in a faraway country between people of which we know nothing — until it became a byword for moral abdication in the face of genocide. The same was true in Afghanistan, before it incubated a global threat. Americans have learned — or should have learned — to be more discriminating in their indifference.

  10. | Posted: Dec 12 2013 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery. In a recent MSNBC interview, he restocked his pantry of excuses for his disappointing results, announcing that “we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly”:

  11. | Posted: Dec 12 2013 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery. In a recent MSNBC interview, he restocked his pantry of excuses for his disappointing results, announcing that “we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly”:

  12. | Posted: Dec 11 2013 - 1:00am

    I’ve heard a lot of goofy arguments against raising the federal minimum wage. The silliest goes like this: “You want to raise the minimum wage to $15? Why not $50? Why not $100?”

  13. | Posted: Dec 11 2013 - 1:00am

    I’ve heard a lot of goofy arguments against raising the federal minimum wage. The silliest goes like this: “You want to raise the minimum wage to $15? Why not $50? Why not $100?”

  14. | Posted: Dec 10 2013 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — One of the unpleasant side effects of modern medicine — experienced during a recent convalescence — is the omnipresence of television. Its controls are built into your hospital bed, just beside the nurse’s call button. The screen hovers over your head like an IV — drip, drip, drip — distracting, anesthetizing.

  15. | Posted: Dec 10 2013 - 12:06am

    While her friends dressed Barbie dolls, Lucy Sanders designed and constructed buildings with Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys and playing cards. She learned physics by playing with her Slinky, and chemistry through her chemistry set. Sanders says that the board games she played with her family taught her strategy, empathy and how to win and lose. Her parents did get her a Barbie, but she and her sister turned her into “gladiator Barbie,” “medieval Barbie” and “superwoman Barbie.”