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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: Jan 10 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — Assessing the outcome of the War on Poverty — announced 50 years ago — has always been complicated by the hopes it initially inspired. After his election in 1964, Lyndon Johnson proclaimed that Americans were living in “the most hopeful times since Christ was born in Bethlehem.” Which raised expectations pretty high — and placed LBJ in the manger. Elsewhere in the same vein, he said, “For the first time in our history, it is possible to conquer poverty.”

  2. | Posted: Jan 10 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — Assessing the outcome of the War on Poverty — announced 50 years ago — has always been complicated by the hopes it initially inspired. After his election in 1964, Lyndon Johnson proclaimed that Americans were living in “the most hopeful times since Christ was born in Bethlehem.” Which raised expectations pretty high — and placed LBJ in the manger. Elsewhere in the same vein, he said, “For the first time in our history, it is possible to conquer poverty.”

  3. | Posted: Jan 9 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — The era of Gesture Liberalism is at hand. It may be more amusing than consequential.

  4. | Posted: Jan 9 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — The era of Gesture Liberalism is at hand. It may be more amusing than consequential.

  5. | Posted: Jan 8 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — One of the main problems with an unremittingly hostile view of government — held by many associated with the tea party, libertarianism and “constitutionalism” — is that it obscures and undermines the social contributions of a truly conservative vision of government.

  6. | Posted: Jan 8 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — One of the main problems with an unremittingly hostile view of government — held by many associated with the tea party, libertarianism and “constitutionalism” — is that it obscures and undermines the social contributions of a truly conservative vision of government.

  7. | Posted: Jan 7 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014’s midterm election promises to be a carnival of gore.

  8. | Posted: Jan 7 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014’s midterm election promises to be a carnival of gore.

  9. | Posted: Jan 6 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — Why are we arguing about issues that were settled decades ago? Why, for example, is it so hard to extend unemployment insurance at a time when the jobless rate nationally is still at 7 percent, and higher than that in 21 states?

  10. | Posted: Jan 6 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — Why are we arguing about issues that were settled decades ago? Why, for example, is it so hard to extend unemployment insurance at a time when the jobless rate nationally is still at 7 percent, and higher than that in 21 states?

  11. | Posted: Jan 5 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — Two years from today, Iowa — dark, brooding, enigmatic Iowa — will be enjoying its quadrennial moment as the epicenter of the universe. And in 10 months, voters will vent their spleens — if they still are as splenetic as they now claim to be — in congressional elections. Some numbers define the political landscape.

  12. | Posted: Jan 5 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — Two years from today, Iowa — dark, brooding, enigmatic Iowa — will be enjoying its quadrennial moment as the epicenter of the universe. And in 10 months, voters will vent their spleens — if they still are as splenetic as they now claim to be — in congressional elections. Some numbers define the political landscape.

  13. | Posted: Jan 4 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — Has the Republican big tent evolved into a house of worship?

  14. | Posted: Jan 4 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — Has the Republican big tent evolved into a house of worship?

  15. | Posted: Jan 3 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — The re-emergence of a Democratic left will be one of the major stories of 2014. Moderates, don’t be alarmed. The return of a viable, vocal left will actually be good news for the political center.