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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: Dec 9 2017 - 9:53pm

    WASHINGTON — With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office.

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

    Sexual predation is in the news again (still). Sexual misconduct is always interesting news whether it’s Henry XVIII, Roy Moore or Harvey Weinstein. It is as old as sexual reproduction. Males have a biological urge to sow wild oats. Sometimes aggression is the norm. That does not excuse it in civilization.

  3. | Posted: Dec 8 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The Republicans’ tax legislation is built on economic projections that are as confidently as they are cheerfully made concerning the legislation’s shaping effect on the economy over the next 10 years. This claim to prescience must amaze alumni of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, which were 85 and 158 years old, respectively, when they expired less than 10 years ago in the unanticipated Great Recession.

  4. | Posted: Dec 6 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Some political moments are like an X-ray — revealing down to the bone.

  5. | Posted: Dec 6 2017 - 12:06am

    This is not a victory for anyone.

  6. | Posted: Dec 5 2017 - 12:06am

    We are now approaching the first anniversary of North Kona’s initial well failures. Multiple wells remain out of commission, some having failed more than once. No timeline for completion of repairs exists. Worse, we recently learned the epidemic of unexplained but premature failures has spread to another district. Its residents will not be encouraged by North Kona’s experience.

  7. | Posted: Dec 4 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Dec. 1, 2017, will be remembered as the day when the vast majority of Americans fully grasped the consequences of the 2016 elections. They installed a man in the White House “likely to be under investigation for criminality for a very, very long time to come.” And they gave power to a Republican Party whose only purpose is to comfort the already extremely comfortable.

  8. | Posted: Dec 3 2017 - 12:06am

    As for directors getting paid less than their subordinates, so what?

  9. | Posted: Dec 2 2017 - 12:06am

    The sea-worn crew stood at attention on the deck of the British Ship, Queen Charlotte. The tall ship lay calm on the bay waters off Kauai.

  10. | Posted: Dec 2 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversation with a Russian ambassador.

  11. | Posted: Dec 1 2017 - 12:05am

    Ambassador Nikki Haley’s remarks this week at the United Nations after North Korea’s latest missile test sounded like what a superpower should say. If war comes, “the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.” If China doesn’t cut off oil to the Hermit Kingdom, “we can take the oil situation into our own hands.”

  12. | Posted: Nov 30 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — American democracy’s comic opera frequently features collaborations of “bootleggers and Baptists.” These entertainments are so named because during Prohibition, Baptists thought banning Demon Rum would improve public morals (oh, well) and bootleggers favored the ban because it made scarce a commodity for which there was a demand that they could profitably supply. On Monday, the Supreme Court will listen — with, one hopes, a mixture of bemusement and amusement — to arguments concerning another prohibition.

  13. | Posted: Nov 30 2017 - 12:05am

    I work in Kealakeakua Bay and I love the bay very much. I can see the damage that bleaching has caused and it is heartbreaking to know we lost almost 50 percent of our coral because of it. There is nothing we can do about that.

  14. | Posted: Nov 29 2017 - 12:05am

    Dr. John Warner, the president of the American Heart Association (AHA), recently had a heart attack during the organization’s scientific conference and had to have a stent inserted to open a clogged artery. This should be a wake-up call to Dr. Warner to consider going vegan, as the former president of the American College of Cardiology has done. While Warner can’t do anything about his family history of heart disease, he can set an example for his loved ones — and everyone who looks to the AHA for advice — by eating healthy vegan foods rather than animal-based ones. Considering that the AHA recently released preliminary findings from a study suggesting that eating vegan foods is the best way to reduce your risk of heart failure, this would be a very sensible step in the right direction.

  15. | Posted: Nov 29 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The phrase “the truth will out” has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so.