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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: 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.

  2. | 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.”

  3. | 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.

  4. | 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.

  5. | 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.

  6. | 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.

  7. | 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?

  8. | Posted: May 20 2017 - 12:05am

    I went to a birthday party the other day for someone who has lived through the flu pandemic of 1918, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the nuclear jitters of the Cold War and the disastrous first four months of Donald Trump.

  9. | Posted: May 19 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump offered America a deal: He may cut ethical corners and trash democratic norms, but he would fix the country. After all, the argument went, things could hardly get worse.

  10. | Posted: May 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Dear mayor and county council,

  11. | Posted: May 18 2017 - 12:05am

    The king of Hawaii stopped paddling and looked up at the pale blue sky. He glanced at his other sleek boats around him.

  12. | Posted: May 17 2017 - 12:05am

    President Donald Trump isn’t the only American leader with a puzzling fondness for Russian president Vladimir Putin’s regime.

  13. | Posted: May 16 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Even in an era of marriage diversity, it remains the most unlikely match: Donald Trump and his loyal evangelical base. In the compulsively transgressive, foul-mouthed, loser-disdaining, mammon-worshiping billionaire, conservative Christians “have found their dream president,” according to Jerry Falwell Jr.

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

    WASHINGTON — Rod Rosenstein: Save yourself.

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

    We live in the Kahaluu Beach area and are very concerned about our safety, the safety of our neighbors, and the safety of visitors to our area due to the traffic impacts of the proposed 305-unit Ocean Villas timeshare project.