My Turn: ‘Aloha spirit’ alive and well on Maunakea

This past Sunday, Jan. 19, my friend, Eric, and I and my dog drove on the Mauna Kea Access Road to the summit of the mountain to check out the condition of the snow. Eric has been a surfer and skier for a longtime. Somewhere above the Visitors’ Center, still on the 4-wheel-drive part of the road, one of the four ranger SUVs on duty that day, was behind us. Eric pulled over to the right and waved to the ranger to pass. Instead of passing, the ranger pulled up beside us and motioned for Eric to roll down the window, which Eric did, only for the ranger to inform us that it is not allowed to stop on this road.