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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: Oct 28 2017 - 12:05am

    First of all, thank you to Sen. Lorraine Inouye, Rep. Cindy Evans and the entire Women’s Caucus for listening and caring on behalf of victims of sexual and domestic abuse.

  2. | Posted: Oct 28 2017 - 12:05am

    Beginning with the Magna Carta in 1215 a new concept paralleled the development of the English speaking world, no human being is supreme, not even the king. This concept grew and spread within English culture. In 1588 Sir Walter Drake defeated the Spanish “Invincible” Armada, ending a century of Spanish domination and gradually English hegemony spread over the entire globe. His sovereign Elizabeth I discouraged religious persecution and in 1689 The English Bill of Rights was enacted: all human beings had certain rights. Kamehameha was exposed to the English from 1779 and declared the Law of the Broken Paddle in 1797. He granted rights to common people.

  3. | Posted: Oct 27 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive ourselves into believing that corporate welfare can be seemly. Consider the caper, both amusing and depressing, that began when mighty Boeing sought protection behind the skirts of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  4. | Posted: Oct 27 2017 - 12:06am

    After reading a couple of recent opinions by both David McDonald and Tom Beach, it is obvious to me that both are either misinformed or just people who think the sky is falling!

  5. | Posted: Oct 26 2017 - 12:05am

    Addiction is a moral weakness. I used to believe that. I used to ask myself why I couldn’t stop using drugs and drinking. I was convinced that I didn’t love my family enough to stop. I figured that God made a mistake by sending me to Earth because I was too weak to survive. Eventually, after years of being miserable and hurting everyone I ever cared about, I chose to kill myself on May 23, 2001. I woke up on May 24. After spending 18 months in a free residential rehab learning to love myself, I decided that I was not a piece of garbage, I was ill. Ever since then, I have focused on educating others about the disease of addiction.

  6. | Posted: Oct 25 2017 - 12:05am

    It’s out there. It’s a killer like we’ve never known. Warnings from the United Nations are growing more frequent, more insistent and more dire. But America is not paying attention. And few in Hawaii are even aware.

  7. | Posted: Oct 25 2017 - 12:05am

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rolled the dice high in holding elections a year early in spite of the fact that his own personal popularity rating stood about 30 percent.

  8. | Posted: Oct 24 2017 - 12:06am

    While trying not to indulge in schadenfreude over those hypocritical Hollywood elites who’ve claimed to stand for “women’s rights,” only to be accused of sexually harassing them, I noticed “#MeToo” trending on Twitter. At #MeToo, women who have been sexually harassed are invited to post their experiences and many have done so, including four female U.S. senators.

  9. | Posted: Oct 24 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — A common defense of President Trump points to the positive things he has done from a Republican perspective — his appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch and other conservative judges, his pursuit of the Islamic State, his honoring of institutional religious freedom. This argument is not frivolous. What frustrates is the steadfast refusal among most Republicans and conservatives to recognize the costs on the other side of the scale.

  10. | Posted: Oct 23 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — The United States is in the middle of a very unfortunate experiment in how disoriented a great nation can become before it loses its moorings entirely.

  11. | Posted: Oct 22 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Kevin Hassett evidently has not received the memo that economics is “the dismal science.” The ebullient chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers is relishing the intellectual feast of applying to policymaking the predictive tools of a science that was blindsided by the Great Recession.

  12. | Posted: Oct 21 2017 - 12:06am

    The federal government has only the powers given to it by “We the People” in the Constitution. These powers are limited, specific and actually enumerated in Article 1, Section 8. There is no such thing as non-enumerated powers for the federal government. All powers not included under Article 1, Section 8 are left to the states by the 10th Amendment.

  13. | Posted: Oct 21 2017 - 12:06am

    I live in the city that hit the Amazon jackpot, now the biggest company town in the United States. Long before the mad dash to land the second headquarters for the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon found us. Since then, we’ve been overwhelmed by a future we never had any say over.

  14. | Posted: Oct 20 2017 - 12:05am

    Professional athletes usually stand somewhat removed from everyday society. They make millions of dollars more than the rest of us and often hide away from the world at the end of some gated cul-de-sac.

  15. | Posted: Oct 20 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The desire to protect young people from offensive ideas and words is an understandable instinct. In the context of bullying, it is a requirement. In the context of great literature, it is nearly always mistaken.