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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: Aug 7 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Do you believe in mermaids, unicorns and fairies?

  2. | Posted: Aug 6 2017 - 12:38pm

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southern Gothic is a literary genre and, occasionally, a political style that, like the genre, blends strangeness and irony. Consider the current primary campaign to pick the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. It illuminates, however, not a regional peculiarity but a national perversity, that of the Republican Party.

  3. | Posted: Aug 5 2017 - 12:06am

    Some oppose liberal interpretation of the Constitution and call for strict-construction. They argue it is not a living document (subject to interpretation) and oppose things called “welfare entitlements” as outside the constitutional enumerated powers saying any action not specifically designated is prohibited.

  4. | Posted: Aug 5 2017 - 12:06am

    If you are inclined, as I am, to see the new congressional sanctions on Russia as a positive development, then take a moment to thank an anonymous national security state leaker.

  5. | Posted: Aug 4 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — That sound you hear is the wall of elected Republican support for Donald Trump beginning to crack.

  6. | Posted: Aug 4 2017 - 12:05am

    The Kealakekua Public Library has recently enjoyed a flurry of West Hawaii Today coverage regarding our programs and change in schedule.

  7. | Posted: Aug 3 2017 - 12:06am

    One day [Marine Theodore Wallace] saw an officer casually aim his rifle and try to shoot a Vietnamese boy in the distance.

  8. | Posted: Aug 3 2017 - 12:06am

    As I enter into the fourth quarter of my so-called life I’m reminded of a favorite quote from my mentor, Oliver Hardy: “Another fine mess you’ve gotten me into, Stanley.”

  9. | Posted: Aug 2 2017 - 12:06am

    Most everyone who’s had something to do with fishing was familiar with the weekly fishing column writer and saddened with the death of Jim Rizzuto. The West Hawaii Today gave a nice opportunity for us to pay tribute to him. There were some very kind comments in some of the great pieces.

  10. | Posted: Jul 31 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Maybe I’m doing this all wrong.

  11. | Posted: Jul 30 2017 - 3:58pm

    WASHINGTON — That one of the greatest victories of World War II was a mass evacuation — more than 300,000 British and French troops taken off a beach at Dunkirk — was a preview of the industrial nature of that conflict. Feats of organization — such as the return of Allied troops to other French beaches on D-Day — took precedence over military panache. It is the reason that Dwight Eisenhower was the indispensable irreplaceable man, not George Patton.

  12. | Posted: Jul 30 2017 - 12:06am

    We live in troubled times. Wherever there is an issue there is contention, loud voices, immovable positions and too often even violence. We all know that this situation only gets worse unless men and women of good will, foresight and wisdom step forward to find solutions that provide a “win” for all of the parties involved. Those of us who are in business know that all good business is based on the simple principle that all sides need to see progress in any transaction for that transaction to stand the test of time.

  13. | Posted: Jul 29 2017 - 12:05am

    For more than a thousand years, the tribes of Europe have stared into the gunmetal-gray chop of the English Channel and thought of conquest. “We have six centuries of insults to avenge,” Napoleon said. I was just there, on the same spring week when the great bedraggled scraps of the French and British armies were cornered for slaughter by the Nazi war machine 77 years ago.

  14. | Posted: Jul 29 2017 - 12:05am

    The letter from Henry Scroggin published on July 26 extolling Trump’s accomplishments is poorly sourced and generally inaccurate. I assume most people do not have the time to fact check such letters, but here is what I found and where I found it:

  15. | Posted: Jul 27 2017 - 12:06am

    Remember how some people used to talk about President Barack Obama’s rise as “post-racial?” With bracing candor, Michelle Obama has begun to open up about how post-racial her White House life wasn’t.