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Far Seeing from Here
Part 1: Up the White Mountain

Almost every night, the summit of Mauna Kea stands above the clouds. So, for many years, there was a small shed there, housing a tiny telescope; and University of Hawaii astronomers trekked up to it, all year round, to study the stars under the clearest skies on earth. What they had long wanted, of course, was a fully functional observatory, and in 1970, they got their wish.

Summit. Photo Credit: Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station

To built it, there first had to be a road: a gravel-and-cinder route from the Saddle Road to a point nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. And up that road came trucks and construction equipment, and telescopic machinery, and, when the building was completed, a fragile, polished mirror 2.2 meters in diameter – it seemed enormous at the time – on a truck-trailer, creeping along at just a mile or so per hour, so as not to unsettle or – heaven forbid – shatter the great chunk of glass.

Hawaiians had for centuries held ceremonies at the summit. In their creation myths, Mauna Kea (literally the “white mountain”) is the piko – the navel, the bellybutton – of the people themselves. On the shores of nearby Lake Waiau, more than 10,000 feet above sea level, many Hawaiians still perform a ritual in which they place the umbilical cords of their newborns on tiny stone altars.

Cultural practitioners create a ho`okopu, a ceremonial offering, in honor of the mountain. Photo Credit: Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station

So, there were some who expressed discomfort at the new intrusion.


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But in general, the University’s astronomers – and especially the road that enabled the observatory’s construction and ongoing service – were welcomed. Before that, the summit had been attainable only on foot. Winter snow typically extends from the summit down to about 11,000 feet, occasionally as low as 9,000 feet. But now, anyone with a four-wheel-drive vehicle could attain the summit. This enabled the elderly and disabled to experience what it was like up there, and allowed far more people than ever before to go hiking or – especially – skiing, since they no longer had to hike back up between runs. (And where else in the world but here can you – within just a couple of hours – both ski in the snow and surf in the ocean?)

Small cabins at the 9,000-foot level were expanded into a year-round dormitory facility for the astronomers and the “night assistants” who ran the machinery for them, and who typically worked four nights in a row, then had four whole days off. Thus, no one had to make a daily commute from sea-level that might provoke altitude sickness: the headache, disorientation and shortness of breath that comes from going up too high too fast.

Before the 1970s had ended, however, three more observatories had been erected on Mauna Kea. Sentiment in the native Hawaiian community turned inexorably against further construction. And yet, despite their complaints to the University (which administers the summit), their protests at all levels of government, and their vociferous testimony at public hearings, two more observatories were built in the 1980s, and another five(!) were established in the ’90s.

Summit. Photo Credit: Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station

Although the actual geological summit of Mauna Kea is and has always been reserved for Hawaiian cultural and religious activities – a ceremonial stone cairn marks the spot – almost all of the adjacent cinder cones now sport observatory buildings. And now, another observatory, which would house the world’s largest mirror, has been approved. This, over the objections not only of native Hawaiians, who see this as a desecration of their most sacred place; but also of environmental activists, who are rightly concerned that the summit’s fragile ecosystem is steadily being demolished, to the detriment of the plants and insects that live nowhere else.

At maturity the Silversword, classified as an endangered species since 1986, produces a 6 foot tall flowering stalk with hundreds of flowers. Since silverswords sometimes grow for up to 40 years before flowering, it is relatively rare to see a silversword in bloom. Since the 1970s the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources has eradicated many of the feral ungulates (sheeps & goats) on the mountain first introduced by late 18th century ship captains, and begun reintroducing the Mauna Kea Silversword. Image Credit: Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station


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Men and Women Agree in Home Must-Haves

  I t’s true. Men aren’t looking for exactly the same things women are when they go home shopping.

A survey of 1,000 home shoppers concluded that while about an equal number of men and women sought green features – about 27 percent – and 35 percent of both sexes put a high priority on a home office, there is disparity in the desire for other features.

Both sexes did agree on the biggest turn-offs: structural damage, bad odors, a busy street, and an awkward floor plan.

Here are the top 10 features most desired by men:

  • Garage or designated parking space, 85.5 percent
  • Master suite, 79.8 percent
  • Ample storage space, 71.2 percent
  • Guest bedroom, 70.2 percent
  • Large closets, 64.2 percent
  • Outdoor entertainment area, 63.4 percent
  • Gourmet or updated kitchen, 59.1 percent
  • Breakfast room or eat-in kitchen, 55.2 percent
  • View, 44.5 percent
  • Large yard, 43 percent

Here are the top 10 features most desired by women:

  • Garage or designated parking, 87.7 percent
  • Master suite, 77.8 percent
  • Ample storage space, 72.7 percent
  • Large closets, 68.7 percent
  • Outdoor entertainment area, 64.2 percent
  • Guest bedroom, 63.9 percent
  • Gourmet or updated kitchen, 61.8 percent
  • Breakfast room or eat-in kitchen, 56.1 percent
  • Large yard, 43 percent
  • Wood floors, 40.9 percent

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Upcoming Island Calendar of Events

Dates: 6/5/10 - 8/28/10

Place: Around the Island of Hawaii
In the Buddhist tradition, during the summer months Japanese residents welcome back the spirits of departed loved ones at lively and festive dance events called o-bon. There are numerous o-bon dances at venues around the island of Hawaii set for this summer season in June, July and August.  Festival Schedule

Date: 8/21/10
Time: Noon - 4pm
Admission: Free
 Kalakaua Park in Hilo

Contact: 808-961-5711 or

These monthly programs feature musical performances by Hawaii Island musicians and hula halau, along with presentations by community groups. Also featured are authentic arts and crafts vendors and food booths.

Date: 8/21/10
Time: Starts at 7:00am
Admission: $55-$25 (early registration)
 Starts on Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village
Contact: (808) 967-8240 or

Consists of a Half Marathon, a 10K Run, and a 5K Run/Walk. This new event is at 4,000 feet elevation and traverses the majestic native rain forest in quaint Volcano Village and the ranches near Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. All distances will be open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, participating for health, enjoyment, and to raise funds for the non-profit Volcano Art Center. Start at Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village.


Date: 8/29/10
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets: $35 Orchestra / $25 General seating.
On sale at the Palace box office 10am to 3pm weekdays or by phone.
 Palace Theater in Hilo
(808) 934-7010 or visit

Slack key guitar master, composer and iconic Hawaiian musician Keola Beamer takes the stage for this performance with Raiatea Helm, a two-time Hawaii Female Vocalist of the Year and twice Grammy-nominated Hawaiian songstress. A don’t miss event for great Island-style music and song.



There are always special events happening in and around Hilo!  Here are a few ongoing Calendar of Events:


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