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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 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.

  2. | 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.

  3. | Posted: May 31 2017 - 12:05am

    It only took four days — four days! — but President Donald Trump finally extended his sympathies to victims of the murderous knife attack on a Portland, Ore., light-rail train by an alleged white supremacist.

  4. | Posted: May 31 2017 - 12:05am

    I am a cancer survivor. I have a great story I’d like to share.

  5. | Posted: May 30 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — When in the Senate chamber, Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, sits by choice at the desk used by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. New York’s scholar-senator would have recognized that Sasse has published a book of political philosophy in the form of a guide to parenting.

  6. | Posted: May 29 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — We cannot imagine John F. Kennedy on his 100th birthday. For all of us, he will always be a man in his 40s, exuding the vigor that became one of his trademark words, pronounced in his distinctively New England way.

  7. | Posted: May 28 2017 - 12:05am

    I am writing to express my discontent with the county’s recent decision to close the parking lot at Laaloa, also known as Magic Sands Beach Park. As many of you know, the heiau that rests to the south of Magics is a very sacred space and holds deep cultural significance for the Hawaiian people. The reverence shown for this heiau is not the issue I tend to address, but rather the heavy-handed manner in which the county dealt with the problem.

  8. | Posted: May 27 2017 - 12:05am

    We had a small group for dinner once – not quite 100 people — and I overheard a guest say, “Everyone knows that we choose our own parents.”

  9. | Posted: May 26 2017 - 12:05am

    While the contested case hearings on the Thirty Meter Telescope state permits have been dragging on interminably, TMT management has been seeking an alternative site in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. It is pretty apparent now that the protests, delays and lack of enthusiasm by the state government will continue on past a final date in April 2018 that has been set by TMT to start construction.

  10. | Posted: May 25 2017 - 12:05am

    ATLANTA — By the time Georgia’s 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million — perhaps more than $130 per ballot — will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one of America’s governments. This is an expensive funeral for Tip O’Neill’s incessantly quoted and increasingly inapplicable axiom that “All politics is local.”

  11. | Posted: May 24 2017 - 9:54pm

    Raising the gas tax may sound good but there are some major problems. Parts of the mainland already figured it out. Because of electric, hybrid, other alternate fuel cars, motorcycles, mopeds, and much higher fuel efficiency vehicles, the revenue from gas taxes has gone down. Also the higher gas taxes hurt everyone who has to drive to and from work, drive for a living, service providers, construction, and it drives a higher delivery cost for everything.

  12. | Posted: May 24 2017 - 12:05am

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s newly proposed budget provides an occasion to consider some basic macroeconomics of budgeting — namely whether “g,” the growth rate of the economy, is likely to exceed “r,” in this case, the government’s borrowing rate. Viewed through this lens, it turns out the budget released Tuesday has a potential upside, but is best thought of as a huge unsound gamble.

  13. | Posted: May 23 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — It is another stomach-turning development in the vast, unfolding scandal that is the Trump administration: President Trump’s denigration of former FBI Director James Comey to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office. In a New York Times story, Trump is quoted as saying, “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job.” Aside from the irony of the statement itself, it is appalling that an American president should be caught boasting about obstructing justice to the representative of a power that is so expert on the topic. Such is the mindset of our Erdogannabe.

  14. | Posted: May 22 2017 - 12:05am

    When I was in elementary school in Hilo, front page news touted new methods of travel by announcing Charles Lindberg’s solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean and Amelia Earhart followed him with hers. Because of the talents and bravery she became my idol. I decided that I, too, would become a pilot in my adulthood.

  15. | Posted: May 21 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government’s business. If it is, what isn’t?