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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 17 2017 - 12:06am

    Coffee growers and pickers are working hard to continue producing good quality coffee in the Big Island, which allows us to drink one of the best coffees in the world every morning. However, a lot of work goes behind a cup of coffee. Growers in Kona, Ka’u and other districts have a new pest with deal with as they approach the harvest season. The coffee berry borer (CBB), a tiny beetle native to Africa and the most serious coffee pest worldwide, is feasting on our coffee. The Kohala Centre is training coffee growers to deal with this new threat.

  2. | Posted: Aug 17 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — We are past the time when mournful comments about President Trump’s disgraceful behavior are sufficient. It is no longer defensible for his lieutenants or Republicans in Congress to tell themselves that they’re staying close to Trump to contain the damage he could cause our country.

  3. | Posted: Aug 16 2017 - 12:06am

    What makes American democracy shine is not the absence of hate but the response. Repugnant ideas have always swirled in this country amid the legitimate: Racism, anti-Semitism and crackpot nationalism exist. Such ugliness is not outlawed. It is protected by the Constitution. It also is marginalized and rejected by the nation at large because discriminatory ideologies are empty of worth. Most everyone can see that.

  4. | Posted: Aug 16 2017 - 12:06am

    Merck chief executive Kenneth Frazier deserves congratulations for resigning from a White House business council to protest President Donald Trump’s shameful response to last weekend’s white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. So do two other CEOs who followed his example.

  5. | Posted: Aug 15 2017 - 12:05am

    Yet another “oops” has occurred with our county government. That makes two within just the last week that were reported.

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

    After the deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Va., I found the most memorable internet meme to be a news photo of torch-carrying white supremacists captioned: “Vanilla ISIS.”

  7. | Posted: Aug 13 2017 - 10:14am

    In one of my favorite scenes in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” a comedy series about the world of computer engineers, a male engineer injects himself into a meeting between two female investors to explain, of all things, “something called ‘mansplaining,’ ladies….”

  8. | Posted: Aug 12 2017 - 12:05am

    You may very well hate us. After all, you were rejected by a margin of nearly 5 million votes in the three states on the West Coast mainland, where more than 1 in 7 Americans live. We are the reason you lost the national popular vote by such a historic margin. Since you’ve been president, you’ve never set foot in our time zone.

  9. | Posted: Aug 10 2017 - 7:16am

    There are many tales of old Puna.

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

    WASHINGTON— President Trump appears to have found himself a new national security adviser.

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

    When news broke that the Justice Department plans to investigate whether university affirmative action policies discriminate against white people, it hit late night comedians like a ball of catnip landing in a room full of kittens.

  12. | Posted: Aug 7 2017 - 12:05am

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

  13. | 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.

  14. | 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.

  15. | 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.