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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: Mar 1 2017 - 12:05am

    I just took my community survey put out by Rep. Nicole Lowen. The first part is multiple choice and then there’s an opportunity to submit additional comments in a blank space. You can say whatever you want (which I did) so please don’t attribute any of the following in any way to Rep Lowen, it’s all on me:

  2. | Posted: Feb 28 2017 - 11:35am

    Call me smitten.

  3. | Posted: Feb 28 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Two sets of remarks, a day apart, by two men more accustomed to being behind the scenes.

  4. | Posted: Feb 28 2017 - 12:05am

    Bill HB 1518 is a perfect example, of government’s ability to use their positions for personal agendas, and stifling its citizens.

  5. | Posted: Feb 27 2017 - 12:05am

    So did you hear the one about Trump inviting golf club members to interviews for Secretary of State?

  6. | Posted: Feb 26 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Much has been made of Melania Trump’s absence from the capital.

  7. | Posted: Feb 26 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new Cabinet agencies, and myriad new sub-Cabinet agencies (e.g., the Environmental Protection Agency), and a slew of matters on the federal policy agenda that were virtually absent in 1960 (health care insurance, primary and secondary school quality, crime, drug abuse, campaign finance, gun control, occupational safety, etc.), and with a population of 324 million, there are only about 2 million federal bureaucrats.

  8. | Posted: Feb 25 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The most striking aspect of the vast and swiftly organized movement against Donald Trump is how little it had to do with the Democratic Party. Whoever is elected to chair the Democratic National Committee this weekend should draw two conclusions from this, and they are in tension.

  9. | Posted: Feb 24 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Over the past week, we have seen two responses from the Trump administration to the spike in anti-Semitism that has accompanied Donald Trump’s rise to power.

  10. | Posted: Feb 23 2017 - 12:05am

    I’m writing this in the hope that your newspaper might revisit the issue of the deeply imperiled historic Naalehu Theater in the heart of town, to hopefully remind our apparently oblivious elected officials of its plight. The old plantation theater in nearby Pahala literally collapsed in a heap years ago, and its Naalehu sibling is headed for the same sad fate if something isn’t done soon.

  11. | Posted: Feb 23 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Some American disasters come as bolts from the blue — the stock market crash of October 1929, Pearl Harbor, the designated hitter, 9/11. Others are predictable because they arise from arithmetic that is neither hidden nor arcane. Now comes the tsunami of pension problems that will wash over many cities and states.

  12. | Posted: Feb 22 2017 - 12:05am

    This commentary is in response to the West Hawaii Today’s Feb. 16 front page headline article concerning House Bill 1586 “Lower taxes for lower income – Legislators looking to shake up tax structures; opponents say it would hurt counties,” which would completely eliminate the county’s allocation of the Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT) revenues. The TAT revenue is the counties’ second highest source of income after property taxes and is collected from visitors on rental car use, hotel stays and other short-term rentals.

  13. | Posted: Feb 22 2017 - 12:05am

    While I recognize that Mikie Kerr’s “Constitution Corner” is, as labeled, her opinion, I must take issue with statements she presents as fact with no supporting evidence.

  14. | Posted: Feb 21 2017 - 12:05am

    Various accounts in an article Sunday, Feb. 19 describe what happened to Japanese immigrants and their American-born children who were put into internment camps 75 years ago. This was our American government’s reaction to the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. This is abhorrent but missing in the story is something even more disturbing.

  15. | Posted: Feb 21 2017 - 12:05am

    An enemy of the American people came into my office Friday night to talk about a story he was working on.