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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: Feb 10 2017 - 8:05pm

    The County Council’s achievement of which I am most proud was redirecting our solid waste program away from a behemoth waste-to-energy mass burn incinerator plan that would cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and instead moving our program in a direction more consistent with our county’s “recycle, reuse, reduce” solid waste policies and its agricultural priorities.

  2. | Posted: Feb 9 2017 - 12:05am

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Cold War was waged and won in many places, including this beach city, home to the RAND Corp. Created in 1948 to think about research and development as it effects military planning and procurement, RAND pioneered strategic thinking about nuclear weapons in the context of the U.S.-Soviet competition. Seven decades later it is thinking about the nuclear threat from a nation created in 1948.

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

    The high-school boy is terrified walking the girl to her door on the first date.

  4. | Posted: Feb 8 2017 - 12:05am

    Catastrophic climate change is undeniably upon us, especially in Washington, D.C. Witness the blizzard of neo-fascism raging since Jan. 20. Amidst this snowjob, I stumbled on a news item that George Orwell’s novel, “1984” had sold out on Amazon. It was after White House press secretary Sean Spicer blatantly lied in his first press briefing and then counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway, explained in all seriousness that he used “alternative facts.” Seth Meyers joked on Late Night: “Kellyanne Conway is like someone trying to do a Jedi mind trick after only a week of Jedi training.”

  5. | Posted: Feb 8 2017 - 12:05am

    My views on most issues are not fashionable or attractive to the mainstream media, Hollywood celebrities, educators or Democrats.

  6. | Posted: Feb 7 2017 - 12:05am

    Hawaii’s small boat harbors, under the jurisdiction of the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), serve as the ocean gateways for thousands of kamaaina and visitors every year.

  7. | Posted: Feb 7 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Stepping back, cooling off a bit, displaying some strategic patience, taking the long view: The first two weeks of the Trump administration have been the most abso-friggin-lutely frightening of the modern presidency.

  8. Posted: Feb 6 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Tight labor markets shrink income inequality by causing employers to bid up the price of scarce labor, so policymakers fretting about income inequality could give an epidemic disease a try. This might be a bit extreme but if increased equality is the goal, Stanford’s Walter Scheidel should be heard. His scholarship encompasses many things (classics, history, human biology) and if current events are insufficiently depressing for you, try his just-published book “The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century.” Judge this book by its cover, which features Albrecht Durer’s woodcut “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”

  9. | Posted: Feb 6 2017 - 12:05am

    Republicans finally control Washington and are licking their chops about what they can achieve: tax cuts, ending regulations, a stronger defense.

  10. | Posted: Feb 4 2017 - 8:54pm

    WASHINGTON — President Trump is finally following through on his promise to Make America Safe Again.

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

    WASHINGTON — It is the gist of much Neil Gorsuch coverage that he is a brilliant jurist with one large weakness: being firmly anti-choice. Exhibit A is his book, “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” in which he scandalously defends the “idea that all human beings are intrinsically valuable.”

  12. | Posted: Feb 3 2017 - 12:05am

    The women’s marches in Washington and elsewhere made a powerful statement on the day following Donald Trump’s inauguration. But a statement is not a movement, so two questions arise: Did this demonstrate anything more than that people who didn’t like Trump before election day still don’t like him? If it did, can this expression of outrage and unity translate into political power?

  13. | Posted: Feb 1 2017 - 7:34pm

    Peggy and I went paddling on our one-man canoes this morning, Jan. 30. The swell was large, the ocean bumpy and all over the place. We paddled the three miles from Keauhou to Banyan’s, a couple miles offshore because of the big waves.

  14. | Posted: Feb 1 2017 - 1:12pm

    The people of Hawaii have been asking for a medical aid in dying option (also known as “death with dignity”) for almost 20 years. Today, 80 percent of Hawaii residents believe medical aid in dying should be an option in our state.

  15. | Posted: Jan 31 2017 - 12:05am

    As Canadian visitors to the beautiful Big Island for the third (and definitely not the last time), we would like to echo the concerns expressed in a recent letter to your paper about admittance to public shore accesses through some resorts. In our current stay on the island, we also have experienced unwelcoming receptions at two public accesses this week.