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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: Nov 19 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — It seems more than coincidence that the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency coincides with a trend that was heretofore unrecognized — groping.

  2. | Posted: Nov 17 2017 - 12:06am

    Let’s examine the impeachment procedure since it seems to be a daily topic. Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution provides that “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” You can’t impeach a president because you don’t like him, or because he wasn’t supposed to win, or he doesn’t seem presidential, or because you think he’s mentally unstable.

  3. | Posted: Nov 17 2017 - 12:06am

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

  4. | Posted: Nov 16 2017 - 12:06am

    Sunday, Monday and Thursday in stadiums across the country we are there for one reason only, the game. The players play the game, the spectators to enjoy the game and root for their favorite team.

  5. | Posted: Nov 15 2017 - 10:40pm

    One night years ago, I found myself sitting in a Puna shack staring at a glowing lantern on a table. It was one of those spool tables that hippies and college students always have.

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

    WASHINGTON — Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: “I believe the women.”

  7. | Posted: Nov 14 2017 - 12:06am

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — But for the bomb, the four would be in their 60s, probably grandmothers. Three were 14 and one was 11 in 1963 when the blast killed them in the 16th Street Baptist Church, which is four blocks from the law office of Doug Jones, who then was 9.

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

    Can you imagine reading a story to your keiki about a Robin Hood who steals from the poor to give to the rich? If you support the latest Republican tax plan, you’re teaching your children that it’s OK to be what you’d call a heartless criminal in any other situation.

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

    WASHINGTON — The focus on President Trump’s political strength among white working-class voters distracts from a truth that may be more important: His rise depended on support from rich conservatives, and his program serves the interests of those who have accumulated enormous wealth.

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

    In Africa, the plastic shopping bag is an endangered species. Last week, tiny Benin became the latest African country to restrict the import, production and even use of such bags. It’s not messing around, either. Following in the steps of Rwanda (where plastic bag importers are publicly shamed) and Kenya (where bags users can be subject to four years in jail), Benin plans to fine bag importers as much as $87,000.

  11. | Posted: Nov 11 2017 - 8:50pm

    WASHINGTON — Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore didn’t do what he’s alleged to have done, which might give the U.S. Senate another Democratic vote.

  12. | Posted: Nov 11 2017 - 12:06am

    We all like to joke about people who use GPS navigation on an island. How lost can you get with one highway? For the past three months we have been navigating the mainland with GPS, or more correctly online direction navigation.

  13. | Posted: Nov 11 2017 - 12:06am

    Because it’s Veterans Day, we should all take some time to think about the hardship others have endured so the rest of us can be safe and secure. This is why we chose to highlight the bravery of those who resided on this very island, and their return visit in October.

  14. | Posted: Nov 10 2017 - 12:06am

    For months the Virginia gubernatorial race has been seen as a bellwether of the Democratic Party’s capacity to rebound from its stunning loss to Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential contest, and the results were about as good as Democrats could have hoped for. In what polls had suggested would be a neck-and-neck race, the Democratic nominee, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, trounced Republican Ed Gillespie by nine points, and Democrats picked up 14 seats in the state’s House of Delegates. And it wasn’t just in Old Dominion that Democrats dominated. They picked up New Jersey’s governorship, seats in Georgia’s legislature, and a senate seat in Washington state that gives them complete control of the governor’s mansions and legislatures up and down the West Coast. Maine voters overwhelmingly decided to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and one of the leading social conservatives in the Virginia House lost to a political newcomer who happens to be a transgender woman.

  15. | Posted: Nov 9 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — President Trump may have been 7,000 miles away in Seoul on Tuesday, but make no mistake: He was on the ballot in Virginia when his imitator, Republican Ed Gillespie, lost the closely watched gubernatorial race to Democrat Ralph Northam.