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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: Oct 23 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — The United States is in the middle of a very unfortunate experiment in how disoriented a great nation can become before it loses its moorings entirely.

  2. | Posted: Oct 22 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Kevin Hassett evidently has not received the memo that economics is “the dismal science.” The ebullient chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers is relishing the intellectual feast of applying to policymaking the predictive tools of a science that was blindsided by the Great Recession.

  3. | Posted: Oct 21 2017 - 12:06am

    The federal government has only the powers given to it by “We the People” in the Constitution. These powers are limited, specific and actually enumerated in Article 1, Section 8. There is no such thing as non-enumerated powers for the federal government. All powers not included under Article 1, Section 8 are left to the states by the 10th Amendment.

  4. | Posted: Oct 21 2017 - 12:06am

    I live in the city that hit the Amazon jackpot, now the biggest company town in the United States. Long before the mad dash to land the second headquarters for the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon found us. Since then, we’ve been overwhelmed by a future we never had any say over.

  5. | Posted: Oct 20 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The desire to protect young people from offensive ideas and words is an understandable instinct. In the context of bullying, it is a requirement. In the context of great literature, it is nearly always mistaken.

  6. | Posted: Oct 20 2017 - 12:05am

    Professional athletes usually stand somewhat removed from everyday society. They make millions of dollars more than the rest of us and often hide away from the world at the end of some gated cul-de-sac.

  7. | Posted: Oct 19 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — What would America’s abortion policy be if the number of months in the gestation of a human infant were a prime number — say, seven or eleven? This thought experiment is germane to why the abortion issue has been politically toxic, and points to a path toward a less bitter debate. The House of Representatives has for a third time stepped onto this path. Senate Democrats will, for a third time, block this path when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brings the House bill to the floor, allowing Democrats to demonstrate their extremism and aversion to bipartisan compromise.

  8. | Posted: Oct 18 2017 - 9:57pm

    Local residents can finally come out from under coffee tables and behind couches where they’ve been hiding over the weekend.

  9. | Posted: Oct 18 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — It’s about time somebody gives Donald Trump the credit he deserves. Even if that person is Donald Trump.

  10. | Posted: Oct 17 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — At the Family Research Council’s recent Values Voter Summit, the religious right effectively declared its conversion to Trumpism.

  11. | Posted: Oct 16 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Seems Roy Moore, the Ten Commandments Judge and very likely the next U.S. senator from the state of Alabama, has been playing a bit fast and loose with the whole thou-shalt-not-bear-false-witness thing.

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

    WASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump’s poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump’s adolescent bidding with last Sunday’s pre-planned virtue pageant of scripted indignation — his flight from the predictable sight of players kneeling during the national anthem at a football game. No unblinkered observer can still cling to the hope that Pence has the inclination, never mind the capacity, to restrain, never mind educate, the man who elevated him to his current glory. Pence is a reminder that no one can have sustained transactions with Trump without becoming too soiled for subsequent scrubbing.

  13. | Posted: Oct 14 2017 - 12:05am

    I am going to make an outrageous but not impossible interisland travel proposal. I know the Superferry failed, but no one has given me a credible explanation. I personally think somebody scammed somebody, but wonder how anyone profits from spending $240 million for a high-tech boat and then abandoning it. I suppose the boat-builder did OK, but Hawaii got stuck for $60 million in harbor improvements.

  14. | Posted: Oct 14 2017 - 12:05am

    The last runs of heavenly wild salmon are trickling in this month, the buttery coho with flesh the color of fall foliage. After that, we’ll have to settle for mostly farmed and frozen fish until next spring — no substitute for the real deal.

  15. | Posted: Oct 13 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Americans are dying at the rate of 175 a day from opioid overdoses, but President Trump has yet to deliver his promised strategy to end the crisis.