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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 19 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — What would America’s abortion policy be if the number of months in the gestation of a human infant were a prime number — say, seven or eleven? This thought experiment is germane to why the abortion issue has been politically toxic, and points to a path toward a less bitter debate. The House of Representatives has for a third time stepped onto this path. Senate Democrats will, for a third time, block this path when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brings the House bill to the floor, allowing Democrats to demonstrate their extremism and aversion to bipartisan compromise.

  2. | Posted: Oct 18 2017 - 9:57pm

    Local residents can finally come out from under coffee tables and behind couches where they’ve been hiding over the weekend.

  3. | Posted: Oct 18 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — It’s about time somebody gives Donald Trump the credit he deserves. Even if that person is Donald Trump.

  4. | Posted: Oct 17 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — At the Family Research Council’s recent Values Voter Summit, the religious right effectively declared its conversion to Trumpism.

  5. | Posted: Oct 16 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Seems Roy Moore, the Ten Commandments Judge and very likely the next U.S. senator from the state of Alabama, has been playing a bit fast and loose with the whole thou-shalt-not-bear-false-witness thing.

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

    WASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump’s poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump’s adolescent bidding with last Sunday’s pre-planned virtue pageant of scripted indignation — his flight from the predictable sight of players kneeling during the national anthem at a football game. No unblinkered observer can still cling to the hope that Pence has the inclination, never mind the capacity, to restrain, never mind educate, the man who elevated him to his current glory. Pence is a reminder that no one can have sustained transactions with Trump without becoming too soiled for subsequent scrubbing.

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

    The last runs of heavenly wild salmon are trickling in this month, the buttery coho with flesh the color of fall foliage. After that, we’ll have to settle for mostly farmed and frozen fish until next spring — no substitute for the real deal.

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

    I am going to make an outrageous but not impossible interisland travel proposal. I know the Superferry failed, but no one has given me a credible explanation. I personally think somebody scammed somebody, but wonder how anyone profits from spending $240 million for a high-tech boat and then abandoning it. I suppose the boat-builder did OK, but Hawaii got stuck for $60 million in harbor improvements.

  9. | Posted: Oct 13 2017 - 12:05am

    The Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) recently renewed a construction permit to build the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on the summit of Maunakea. Maunakea is well-established as the finest observing site in the world due to the altitude and stable atmosphere. The TMT would be the most powerful telescopes on Maunakea with nine times the power of the largest existing telescopes. This news is encouraging for the project supporters who make up a large majority of the population of Hawaii. They see the TMT as a scientific, economic, and educational benefit for Hawaii but the future of this project is still very uncertain.

  10. | Posted: Oct 13 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Americans are dying at the rate of 175 a day from opioid overdoses, but President Trump has yet to deliver his promised strategy to end the crisis.

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

    WASHINGTON — This week, courtesy of Twitter, we were offered a glimpse of why more Americans chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump as the appropriate person to be president of the United States.

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

    WASHINGTON — Who is left to defend the simple, often admirable, sometimes disappointing, American experience?

  13. | Posted: Oct 9 2017 - 12:05am

    “Some people say I’m extreme,” an Indiana tea party leader told The New York Times at the height of the movement’s rebellion in 2010, “but they said the John Birch Society was extreme, too.”

  14. | Posted: Oct 9 2017 - 12:05am

    Kenneth Brandt’s response to Mrs. Hughes did not really tell us what we really needed to know and deserves a response. This aspersion toward one political affiliation may have some merit when you consider that over several years the NRA has contributed over $50 million to the Republican Party while at the same time less than $500 to the Democratic Party. It’s worth mentioning and there are no aspersions cast here just some hard facts.

  15. | Posted: Oct 7 2017 - 1:18pm

    Many Americans have spent months stewing about “fake news” and how social media can pump falsehoods and mean-spirited myths into everyday life. Yet the giants of modern information dissemination — Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter, for starters — were slow to address — and, in Facebook’s case, downright dismissive of — the idea that they were to blame for mushrooming fictitious or inflammatory posts. They did so even as it became clear some posts were part of covert Russian attempts to divide Americans in the 2016 presidential campaign and in other political skirmishes.