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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: Sep 24 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — President Trump is making us ill. He’s also driving us crazy.

  2. | Posted: Sep 23 2017 - 9:11pm

    ROME — Walking to the Eternal City, over stones worn down by the sandals of centurions, on a pilgrim’s path nearly forgotten in all the layers of Italian time, the mind focuses as the muscles stiffen.

  3. | Posted: Sep 22 2017 - 12:06am

    County Council members Mrs. Karen Eoff and Mr. Dru Kanuha,

  4. | Posted: Sep 22 2017 - 12:06am

    Germany’s national election Sunday has all the makings of a fait accompli. Chancellor Angela Merkel is on track to gain her fourth term, which would give her 16 years as Germany’s leader. Martin Schulz, her closest rival and leader of the center-left Social Democrats, is behind in the latest polls by double digits. Merkel’s camp can start chilling the Riesling.

  5. | Posted: Sep 21 2017 - 12:06am

    Early Hawaiians lived freely.

  6. | Posted: Sep 21 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the population of 325 million, a small sliver crouches on the wilder shores of politics, another sliver lives in the dark forest of mental disorder, and there is a substantial overlap between these slivers. At most moments, 312 million are not listening to excitable broadcasters making mountains of significance out of molehills of political effluvia.

  7. | Posted: Sep 20 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Ty Cobb is really batting a thousand.

  8. | Posted: Sep 20 2017 - 12:06am

    I’ve sent letters, webposts, texts and emails to the mayor, DWS/water board, while having two conversations with engineering. They seemed well-meaning, willing to listen and anxious to apply my suggestions. And then the pump crashed, a pump in inventory was unusable and the mayor found no one at fault. It’s time to pump a little engineering clarity into the situation.

  9. | Posted: Sep 19 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — In his prescient science-fiction novel “The Diamond Age,” Neal Stephenson describes a post-national world in which people organize themselves into affinity groups called “phyles.” Some choose to be Victorians, emulating the beliefs and aesthetic of 19th-century Britain. Others identify with the values and dress of the Boers. The Celestial Kingdom is a Chinese culture phyle. In “The Diamond Age,” globalization has erased the nation-state and left people — always hungry for belonging — to identify themselves entirely by culture.

  10. | Posted: Sep 18 2017 - 8:50am

    WASHINGTON — President Trump is killing me.

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

    Violence has always been with us. Lions kill gazelles; Cain killed Abel. Israelites killed the Canaanites and the Romans threw Christians to the lions. The Roman Circus was as violent as video games, with real blood. Hitler murdered Jews and Stalin murdered Ukrainians. Pol Pot murdered 80 percent of his own population and Hutus with machetes murdered Tutsis.

  12. | Posted: Sep 16 2017 - 12:06am

    President Donald Trump made a daring move on Wednesday, mapping out the beginnings of a deal with Democratic minority leaders to save “Dreamers,” the young immigrants who were given temporary protections from DACA, the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals. That is a positive, compassionate move that should bring support from those who have worked hard to protect the 800,000 people who now live in daily fear of deportation from the only homeland they remember.

  13. | Posted: Sep 15 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Some political tastes linger in the mouth like spoiled milk or a bad oyster.

  14. | Posted: Sep 15 2017 - 12:06am

    Constitution Day on Sunday commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution 230 years ago and is dedicated to all American citizens.

  15. | Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — It is neither paranoid nor alarmist to begin asking if the Trump administration plans to rationalize blocking a large number of voters who oppose the president from casting ballots in 2018 and 2020. And it is imperative that the civic-minded of all parties demand the disbanding of a government commission whose very existence is based on a lie.