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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: Jul 30 2017 - 3:58pm

    WASHINGTON — That one of the greatest victories of World War II was a mass evacuation — more than 300,000 British and French troops taken off a beach at Dunkirk — was a preview of the industrial nature of that conflict. Feats of organization — such as the return of Allied troops to other French beaches on D-Day — took precedence over military panache. It is the reason that Dwight Eisenhower was the indispensable irreplaceable man, not George Patton.

  2. | Posted: Jul 30 2017 - 12:06am

    We live in troubled times. Wherever there is an issue there is contention, loud voices, immovable positions and too often even violence. We all know that this situation only gets worse unless men and women of good will, foresight and wisdom step forward to find solutions that provide a “win” for all of the parties involved. Those of us who are in business know that all good business is based on the simple principle that all sides need to see progress in any transaction for that transaction to stand the test of time.

  3. | Posted: Jul 29 2017 - 12:05am

    For more than a thousand years, the tribes of Europe have stared into the gunmetal-gray chop of the English Channel and thought of conquest. “We have six centuries of insults to avenge,” Napoleon said. I was just there, on the same spring week when the great bedraggled scraps of the French and British armies were cornered for slaughter by the Nazi war machine 77 years ago.

  4. | Posted: Jul 29 2017 - 12:05am

    The letter from Henry Scroggin published on July 26 extolling Trump’s accomplishments is poorly sourced and generally inaccurate. I assume most people do not have the time to fact check such letters, but here is what I found and where I found it:

  5. | Posted: Jul 27 2017 - 12:06am

    Remember how some people used to talk about President Barack Obama’s rise as “post-racial?” With bracing candor, Michelle Obama has begun to open up about how post-racial her White House life wasn’t.

  6. | Posted: Jul 27 2017 - 12:06am

    ‘Be prepared’ is the Boy Scout motto and even though in all of recorded history a hurricane has never hit Kona, it’s good to be prepared.

  7. | Posted: Jul 26 2017 - 8:37am

    WASHINGTON — Do you have a problem — trouble at work, relationship stress, or just some really hard math homework — that you can’t resolve on your own? You should turn to the man who is fixing problems for more than 300 million Americans.

  8. | Posted: Jul 25 2017 - 12:06am

    For nearly a quarter-century, O.J. Simpson has served as a referendum on some American flashpoint: race, class, domestic violence, justice, California, celebrity.

  9. | Posted: Jul 24 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — President Trump had some remarkable things to say at the inaugural meeting of his Commission to Promote Voter Suppression and Justify Trump’s False Claims, which is formally known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. He also asked a question that deserves an answer.

  10. | Posted: Jul 23 2017 - 12:06am

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The aircraft arrayed around the spacious lawn of Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air University, mostly represent long-retired types. The largest, however, is a glistening B-52 bomber, which represents a still-employed component of the Air Force’s aging fleet: The youngest B-52 entered service in 1962. Sons have flown the same plane their fathers and grandfathers flew.

  11. | Posted: Jul 23 2017 - 12:06am

    After reading Carrie Moore’s letter July 18, I keep thinking about “time being wasted on resistance,” etc. I don’t know how I can stop resisting when a disastrous health care bill is in the works, the EPA’s mission apparently is now protecting corporate earnings, Trump’s pulling us out of the Paris Climate Accord and his desire to turn over a lot of national monuments and sanctuaries’ territory to the mining and fossil fuel industries deeply concerns me.

  12. | Posted: Jul 22 2017 - 12:06am

    I was about to submit a column about constitutional issues, about which I am an expert recognized by no one, when my concentration was interrupted by a helicopter. It did not just pass high overhead as helos usually do. Soon joined by another, they circled for an hour. My first thought was search and rescue, but the yellow choppers never went out to sea, just circled my peaceful, law abiding neighborhood. This is not the first time.

  13. | Posted: Jul 22 2017 - 12:05am

    At dawn the woodpeckers start in, hammering heads against tree trunks, and you wonder if there’s a better way for a bird to make a living. Oh, the avian migraines. Twilight lingers till nearly 11 p.m.; if there’s a decent moon, you can fish in the silver light of Montana’s longest days.

  14. | Posted: Jul 21 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — In the normal course of events, the revelation of attempted collusion with Russia to determine the outcome of a presidential election might cause an administration to overcorrect in the other direction. A president might find ways to confront the range of Russian aggression, including cyber-aggression, if only to avoid the impression of being bought and sold by a strategic rival.

  15. | Posted: Jul 21 2017 - 12:06am

    Depleted uranium (DU) is seen as an emerging environmental pollutant introduced primarily by military activity. The previous use of DU within Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) followed by repeated live-fire exercises, as are currently occurring, provide a serious threat to public health.