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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: Jun 12 2017 - 12:06am

    To help Hawaii’s coral reefs recover from bleaching, we must protect and maintain a healthy population of the herbivorous fish that are essential to reef ecosystems.

  2. | Posted: Jun 12 2017 - 12:06am

    While American foreign policy has for years fixated on the conflict in Syria and the Middle East, just across the border in Mexico and throughout Central America tens of thousands of people lost their lives last year because of the conflict between drug cartels competing to deliver illicit drugs into the United States.

  3. | Posted: Jun 11 2017 - 12:05am

    I’m confused about conservatives. I see pettiness rather than principle. George Will, in the June 4 WHT, complained that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was too costly for the United States, and anyway, no one would miss them (including Big Bird fans) if they were eliminated. Mr. Will rates Public Radio and TV as mere “entertainment,” ignores that it is listener supported and only partially government subsidized, and acknowledges that it’s not that costly anyway. Maybe I don’t understand conservatism.

  4. | Posted: Jun 11 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Sensing that his Scottish enemies had blundered at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, Oliver Cromwell said, “The Lord hath delivered them into our hands.” Philip K. Howard, were he the exulting type, could rejoice that some of his adversaries have taken a stand on indefensible terrain. Because the inaccurately named Center for American Progress has chosen to defend the impediments that government places in its own path regarding public works, it has done Howard the favor of rekindling interest in something he wrote in 2015.

  5. | Posted: Jun 10 2017 - 10:55am

    Don’t tax you. Don’t tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree. Russel B. Long, probably.

  6. | Posted: Jun 10 2017 - 12:05am

    In his own bumbling, befuddled, you-kids-get-off-my-lawn way, Sen. John McCain asked one of the best questions Thursday near the end of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with James Comey: What exactly did the president of the United States mean, the last time he spoke to the director of the FBI, when he talked about “that thing” they had between them?

  7. | Posted: Jun 9 2017 - 12:05am

    My immediate reaction as I was reading Henry Scroggin’s letter in WHT was one of uneasiness due to the sheer level of rage, anger, and hatred the author was obviously feeling as he wrote his letter. While I sit in the middle politically, not a far left liberal, nor a far right conservative, a question that always pops in my head when I read letters like this is why do conservatives always seem to be so angry, and what is the source of their anger?

  8. | Posted: Jun 9 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Dan Coats is taking the “intelligence” out of “national intelligence director.”

  9. | Posted: Jun 8 2017 - 7:47am

    WASHINGTON — Beginning this week, Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in Oregon, keep your opinions to yourself, lest you get fined $500 for practicing engineering without a license. This happened to Mats Jarlstrom as a result of events that would be comic if they were not symptoms of something sinister.

  10. | Posted: Jun 7 2017 - 12:05am

    ​​In response to the “One way ticket” story in Tuesday’s issue, I live in Waimea and have known Graham Ellis since 2015 as a friend and have also been involved with promotion for Cirque Ohana, which he directs. Graham is passionate about Circus performance for children and has written many grants for funding classes. He knows that children who are active and learn skills like juggling, aerial acrobatics, and unicycle are both more physically fit, as well as gaining confidence and pride in working with a team.

  11. | Posted: Jun 7 2017 - 12:05am

    After having elected a president who openly promised to “bomb the s—- out of ISIS,” it sounds almost quaint to talk about the extreme rhetoric of television comedians.

  12. | Posted: Jun 6 2017 - 12:05am

    Interesting collection of news coverage this week related to the Oahu light rail system boondoggle and Hawaii County property tax increases, including a sharp photo of the new Oahu light rail cars on the front page of a Honolulu newspaper. There have also been articles on the Hawaii County budget and tax increase along with comments from Rep. Cindy Evans regarding her views of the county budget increase in West Hawaii Today. There is a nexus between Oahu light rail and the Hawaii County budget that should be cause for concern among all Hawaii County residents.

  13. | Posted: Jun 5 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The problem with “America First” is that it describes an attitude, not a purpose. It substitutes selfishness for realism.

  14. | Posted: Jun 4 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — As changing technologies and preferences make government-funded broadcasting increasingly preposterous, such broadcasting actually becomes useful by illustrating two dismal facts. One is the immortality of entitlements that especially benefit those among society’s articulate upper reaches who feel entitled. The other fact is how impervious government programs are to evidence incompatible with their premises.

  15. | Posted: Jun 3 2017 - 12:05am

    You may recall the recent Nancy Cook Lauer front page article (I was smoking my pipe!) about my landlord enforcing a new policy that kupuna with a state-issued medical cannabis card will be made homeless if they use their medication in the privacy of their own apartment.