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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: 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.

  2. | 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.

  3. | 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.

  4. | 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.

  5. | 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.

  6. | Posted: Sep 25 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — It is difficult to decide which is the worst aspect of the Republicans’ latest try at repealing Obamacare: the irresponsibility, the cruelty or the lies.

  7. | Posted: Sep 24 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — President Trump is making us ill. He’s also driving us crazy.

  8. | Posted: Sep 23 2017 - 9:11pm

    ROME — Walking to the Eternal City, over stones worn down by the sandals of centurions, on a pilgrim’s path nearly forgotten in all the layers of Italian time, the mind focuses as the muscles stiffen.

  9. | Posted: Sep 22 2017 - 12:06am

    County Council members Mrs. Karen Eoff and Mr. Dru Kanuha,

  10. | Posted: Sep 22 2017 - 12:06am

    Germany’s national election Sunday has all the makings of a fait accompli. Chancellor Angela Merkel is on track to gain her fourth term, which would give her 16 years as Germany’s leader. Martin Schulz, her closest rival and leader of the center-left Social Democrats, is behind in the latest polls by double digits. Merkel’s camp can start chilling the Riesling.

  11. | Posted: Sep 21 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the population of 325 million, a small sliver crouches on the wilder shores of politics, another sliver lives in the dark forest of mental disorder, and there is a substantial overlap between these slivers. At most moments, 312 million are not listening to excitable broadcasters making mountains of significance out of molehills of political effluvia.

  12. | Posted: Sep 21 2017 - 12:06am

    Early Hawaiians lived freely.

  13. | Posted: Sep 20 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Ty Cobb is really batting a thousand.

  14. | Posted: Sep 20 2017 - 12:06am

    I’ve sent letters, webposts, texts and emails to the mayor, DWS/water board, while having two conversations with engineering. They seemed well-meaning, willing to listen and anxious to apply my suggestions. And then the pump crashed, a pump in inventory was unusable and the mayor found no one at fault. It’s time to pump a little engineering clarity into the situation.

  15. | Posted: Sep 19 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — In his prescient science-fiction novel “The Diamond Age,” Neal Stephenson describes a post-national world in which people organize themselves into affinity groups called “phyles.” Some choose to be Victorians, emulating the beliefs and aesthetic of 19th-century Britain. Others identify with the values and dress of the Boers. The Celestial Kingdom is a Chinese culture phyle. In “The Diamond Age,” globalization has erased the nation-state and left people — always hungry for belonging — to identify themselves entirely by culture.