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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: Apr 20 2017 - 12:05am

    I was clinging to the edge of a live volcano, risking my life for one lousy unit of science.

  2. | Posted: Apr 19 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Last year, Mark Meckler, one of the founders of the tea party movement, had concerns about Donald Trump but gave the Republican nominee the benefit of the doubt, because Trump “at least says he’s going to attack” the crony-capitalist system.

  3. | Posted: Apr 19 2017 - 12:05am

    As a Libertarian, I am mirthfully delighted by the news that neo-Marxist nanny-stater Margaret Wille has been selected to become chair of the county Democratic Party. Indeed, this should be educational and amusing to everybody on the Big Island not a Democrat, few though we be.

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

    BOSTON — Those of us who hail from Massachusetts are proud of our special patriotic holiday, formally celebrated only in our state and Maine (which was part of us until 1820), though Wisconsin and Florida pay it some honor as well. Patriots’ Day commemorates the rebels at Lexington and Concord who fired the shot heard round the world on April 19, 1775.

  5. | Posted: Apr 17 2017 - 12:05am

    The lowly penny and the $5 bill are dedicated to the quintessential American icon, Abraham Lincoln.

  6. | Posted: Apr 16 2017 - 12:05am

    U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard confirmed at the April 11 Kona town hall meeting that 1) she is a skilled manager and manipulator of audiences; 2) that she has a remarkable command of the issues and 3) that her legislative accomplishments as Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District Representative since 2013 are negligible.

  7. | Posted: Apr 15 2017 - 12:05am

    When you bite into a piece of fruit, it should be a mindless pleasure. Sure, that steroidal-looking strawberry with a toothpaste-white interior doesn’t seem right to begin with. But you shouldn’t have to think about childhood brain development when layering it over your cereal.

  8. | Posted: Apr 15 2017 - 12:05am

    Bills introduced by North Kona Rep. Nicole Lowen that would have restricted the sale of a chemical proven to destroy our state’s bountiful reefs have been killed or, worse, denied a hearing in this season’s state legislative session.

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

    In Hawaii, you don’t start life, you live it.

  10. | Posted: Apr 14 2017 - 12:05am

    Finally, in a third statement two days too late made after United Airlines lost millions in stock market value, CEO Oscar Munoz got around to appropriately apologizing for the “truly horrific” forced removal of a passenger from a full flight.

  11. | Posted: Apr 13 2017 - 12:05am

    During this legislative session, Sen. Glenn Wakai made false claims that the Hawaii Tourism Authority is excessively spending and had bad financial practices.

  12. | Posted: Apr 13 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — With a mellifluous name suggesting bucolic tranquility, Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is an unlikely object of the caterwauling recently directed at him and the House Freedom Caucus he leads. The vituperation was occasioned by the HFC’s role rescuing Republicans from embracing an unpopular first draft of legislation to replace Obamacare.

  13. | Posted: Apr 12 2017 - 12:05am

    United Airlines sure had a twisted way of showing customer appreciation during a Sunday flight out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. A video that has now gone viral shows security officers forcibly yanking a man out of his seat on a United Express flight and dragging him down the aisle by his wrists. Horrified passengers watched — and recorded.

  14. | Posted: Apr 12 2017 - 12:05am

    Contrary to what Bob Green may believe, President Trump’s travel ban has everything to do with religion. It has everything to do with the fact that President Trump and his boss, Steve Bannon, are racist, nationalist, fascist, bigots. Mr. Green’s whole argument in his letter only further supports that it is about religion, going so far as to discuss Sharia Law.

  15. | Posted: Apr 11 2017 - 12:05am

    Hawaii is proud to be considered one of the best places to live and Hawaiians enjoy seeing our islands ranked at the top of many surveys. However, one place where Hawaii consistently places last is in voter participation. This is a serious problem so it is time to make a big change in the way we vote. Hawaii can do this by enacting a vote-by-mail system.