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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 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?

  2. | 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?

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

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

  4. | 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.

  5. | 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.

  6. | 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.

  7. | 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.

  8. | 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.

  9. | 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.

  10. | 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.

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

    WASHINGTON — President Trump, in the Rose Garden announcing U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate-change agreement, posed a rhetorical question:

  12. | Posted: Jun 2 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — In the churning, murky pond water of Kremlin-gate, a few things are increasingly clear:

  13. | Posted: Jun 2 2017 - 12:05am

    I would like to ask Mr. Schutt (WHT letter to the editor, “Grab your seat and hold on”) if he might be willing to give a little information on his claims that the president is unfit to be in office. I am going to guess that 50,000 mental health professionals did not interview President Trump. Therefore, I assume that 50,000 are guessing on their part just by what they see on TV.

  14. | Posted: Jun 1 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — In 1950, the year before William F. Buckley burst into the national conversation, the literary critic Lionel Trilling revealed why the nation was ripe for Buckley’s high-spirited romp through its political and cultural controversies. Liberalism, Trilling declared, was “not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition” in mid-century America because conservatism was expressed merely in “irritable mental gestures.” Buckley would change that by infusing conservatism with brio, bringing elegance to its advocacy and altering the nation’s trajectory while having a grand time.

  15. | Posted: Jun 1 2017 - 12:05am

    About a thousand years ago in what is now Kona Bay, a Polynesian man was enjoying a morning swim.