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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 4 2017 - 12:06am

    As I watched various journalists, police, psychiatrists and other smart people on cable TV try to make sense of the senseless mass shooting in Las Vegas, an actor in a commercial popped up with a sound bite that sounded downright prophetic:

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

    First, I want to thank John Burnett on his story on sexual predators on the Big Island. I was shocked. How scary to know that it isn’t the “stranger danger” we need to worry about, but almost always sexual assault is from someone the victim knows.

  3. | Posted: Oct 2 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Add this to the growing file folder that can be labeled “Depressing but not Surprising”: The only thing today’s Republican Party knows how to do is cut taxes for the very rich.

  4. | Posted: Oct 1 2017 - 12:05am

    Hugh Hefner’s death Wednesday at age 91 brought to mind a special piece of history that we have in our house: a Braille edition of Playboy magazine.

  5. | Posted: Oct 1 2017 - 12:05am

    Before we can possibly fix our problems, we must understand their cause. You recently reported on Hawaii’s problem with attracting and retaining an adequate number of doctors. The article pointed to the lack of money as a significant part of the problem, including Hawaii’s relatively low level of reimbursement for medical services compared to other states, considering our high cost of living.

  6. | Posted: Oct 1 2017 - 12:05am

    Editor’s note: This is part two in a two-part column on American violence. This first part ran Sept. 16 http://westhawaiitoday.com/opinion/columns/stop-rhetoric-world-s-always-...

  7. | Posted: Sep 30 2017 - 12:06am

    Do you remember what monstrous, contemptible or demonstrably false thing Donald Trump said one year ago? Six months ago? OK, last week? Probably not. The effect of this presidency-by-horrors is to induce amnesia in the public, as if we’d all been given a memory-loss drug.

  8. | Posted: Sep 30 2017 - 12:06am

    So the daily spirited battle between leftists and conservatives continues unabated in WHT. The never-ending Trump bashing for all of life’s frailties is interesting but increasingly boring. Meanwhile, Rome is burning before our very eyes. I refer to just a few growing problems unique to our Hawaii.

  9. | Posted: Sep 29 2017 - 12:06am

    Many of the things in life we have imbued with a sense of sanctity that the object doesn’t typically have. These objects can be simple representatives of a larger principle or, when taken too far, can become the “graven images,” the idols, that ancient religions condemned.

  10. | Posted: Sep 28 2017 - 12:06am

    SEATTLE — In this city, which is a petri dish of progressivism, a prevailing theory is that when you raise the price of something, people will buy less of it, except when they do not. Another, and related, theory is that constitutional and statutory texts should be construed in the spirit of Friedrich Nietzsche: There are no facts, only interpretations.

  11. | Posted: Sep 28 2017 - 12:06am

    I thoroughly enjoyed Frank Dickinson’s satirical letter in Tuesday’s WHT in that it was so filled with irony and sarcasm that it gave me a really good laugh, and when times are a little crazy and tense, laughter can indeed be the best medicine.

  12. | Posted: Sep 27 2017 - 12:06am

    America wants a king. Not all Americans, of course. You won’t find anything that all Americans want. We’re way too diverse and divided in our interests, political knowledge and tastes to agree on anything that easily.

  13. | Posted: Sep 27 2017 - 12:06am

    As I contemplate my future health care options, I wonder whether my premiums are north of $700 and going up 20 percent next year because the industry spent $78 million in lobbying. I don’t know.

  14. | Posted: Sep 26 2017 - 1:34pm

    Here’s why we should respect our flag and the national anthem. The respect we give to the flag and the national anthem is a silent thanks to this person who is sitting there feeling a need to protect you. Think of it like a contract. You are able to stay safe at your home and sip your coffee because someone is patriotic enough to man the gates. These people have sworn to protect your life with their life, whether the threat comes from other humans or volcanoes, rivers, animals.

  15. | Posted: Sep 26 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — It is often difficult to determine if Donald Trump’s offenses against national unity and presidential dignity are motivated by ignorance or malice. His current crusade against sideline activism at professional football games features both.