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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: May 22 2017 - 12:05am

    When I was in elementary school in Hilo, front page news touted new methods of travel by announcing Charles Lindberg’s solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean and Amelia Earhart followed him with hers. Because of the talents and bravery she became my idol. I decided that I, too, would become a pilot in my adulthood.

  2. | Posted: May 21 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government’s business. If it is, what isn’t?

  3. | Posted: May 20 2017 - 12:05am

    I went to a birthday party the other day for someone who has lived through the flu pandemic of 1918, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the nuclear jitters of the Cold War and the disastrous first four months of Donald Trump.

  4. | Posted: May 19 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump offered America a deal: He may cut ethical corners and trash democratic norms, but he would fix the country. After all, the argument went, things could hardly get worse.

  5. | Posted: May 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Dear mayor and county council,

  6. | Posted: May 18 2017 - 12:05am

    The king of Hawaii stopped paddling and looked up at the pale blue sky. He glanced at his other sleek boats around him.

  7. | Posted: May 17 2017 - 12:05am

    President Donald Trump isn’t the only American leader with a puzzling fondness for Russian president Vladimir Putin’s regime.

  8. | Posted: May 16 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Even in an era of marriage diversity, it remains the most unlikely match: Donald Trump and his loyal evangelical base. In the compulsively transgressive, foul-mouthed, loser-disdaining, mammon-worshiping billionaire, conservative Christians “have found their dream president,” according to Jerry Falwell Jr.

  9. | Posted: May 15 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Rod Rosenstein: Save yourself.

  10. | Posted: May 15 2017 - 12:05am

    We live in the Kahaluu Beach area and are very concerned about our safety, the safety of our neighbors, and the safety of visitors to our area due to the traffic impacts of the proposed 305-unit Ocean Villas timeshare project.

  11. | Posted: May 13 2017 - 9:32pm

    WASHINGTON — In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song “That’s All Right.” When a local disc jockey promised to play it, the truck driver tuned his parents’ radio to the station and went to a movie. His mother pulled him from the theater because the DJ was playing the record repeatedly and wanted to interview the singer immediately. The DJ asked where the singer had gone to high school. He answered, “Humes,” an all-white school. The DJ asked because many callers “who like your record think you must be colored, singing the way you do.” Elvis Presley from Tupelo, Mississippi, had committed “cultural appropriation.”

  12. | Posted: May 13 2017 - 9:32pm

    When one reads the story of Mother’s Day, well … let’s just say the woman it was begun to honor was well-deserved, and that’s putting it in a woeful understatement. And the daughter who started it was herself a formidable person of gumption.

  13. | Posted: May 13 2017 - 12:05am

    1790: A yellow fever epidemic killed 10 percent of Philadelphia’s population. During epidemics everyone lived in fear, sometimes there were not enough healthy people to do the work.

  14. | Posted: May 12 2017 - 8:51am

    Yes, West Hawaii Today columnist Dennis Gregory, friends, local folk, and visitors, frequent rains do bless Hilo’s landscape and makes it lush and green. Sometimes we measure downpours in feet. The rainy jungles and tree fern forests in the upper elevations beyond Hilo have impressed natives and travelers for decades. Brave adventurers of centuries past arrived to this lush island paddling their canoes, later on sailing ships, then steamships, and now by aircraft.

  15. | Posted: May 8 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — How does this happen?