Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1915 – A delightful children’s picnic, with a perfect day, and nothing to mar the enjoyment of the occasion, was that given last Saturday by the beautiful Kaupakalua Falls. The hostesses of the event were Mrs. Lee Sauers, Mrs. Frederick Krauss and Mrs. W. I. Wells, and their guests were pupils of the Hamakuapoko and Paia schools and their mothers.

75 Years Ago

1940 – M. Ichiki Stores, both the Wailuku and Papohaku branches, are offering specials for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Libby peach halves for 12 cents, Mother Goose broom for 45 cents and Airtite Wax Paper, 40-feet rolls two for 15 cents. There is a sale on Grade A-1 meats every Wednesday.

50 Years Ago

1965 – First place in the talent contest held in the Baldwin Auditorium last Friday went to the Shantells: Peter Trask, Raymond Feig, Rodney Ushiro, Gary Yonashiro and Wilfred Ageno. The contest, sponsored by the freshman class of Maunaolu College, drew a near-capacity audience.

25 Years Ago

1990 – Discovery Airlines’ Maui crew was all dressed up with nothing to do this morning. The new interisland carrier’s first flight to Maui, scheduled to land at 7:15 a.m., never got in the air. Last-minute objections filed by Aloha and Hawaiian airlines prevented Discovery from starting operations.

10 Years Ago

2005 – Reports that one or two chain supermarkets will move into Wailuku when Ooka Super Market closes, scheduled for sometime this year, are either premature or imaginary. Ooka is a successful small business that ranked well up in the Hawaii Business Top 250 every year, despite having just one comparatively small outlet. But owner Byron Ooka has announced that he will turn over the grocery store property to the Community Clinic of Maui.

* “Looking Back Through The Maui News” is a weekly feature compiled by Gail Ainsworth.

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1915 – Rubber culture in Hawaii, which held out such promise when it was started nine or 10 years ago, has definitely been declared a failure. Long-continued low prices for the product have been mostly responsible for this failure to show profits. The Nahiku Rubber Co., which has been the leading concern engaged in the undertaking, formally made this pronouncement when its stockholders voted to abandon the enterprise.

75 Years Ago

1940 – Five Maui children will take a fling at stage fame and fortune soon through the good offices of Ray Kinney, Hawaii’s musical ambassador. The children are Carol Mae Kuuleinani Stibbard, Josephine Dutro, Keopulani Dilley, Elaine Kaiwa Dutro and James Kamaki Dutro. They will go to Honolulu within the next week or two to appear with Mr. Kinney at the King Theater. The children have been studying dance with Mrs. Harriet Kuuleinani Stibbard for the past year and a half.

50 Years Ago

1965 – Five plantation villages are scheduled to be closed during 1965 according to an announcement by Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co. The villages are Ah Fong, Sam Sing and Young Hee, all in Puunene, and Orpheum and Below Store in Paia.

25 Years Ago

1990 – Mayor Hannibal Tavares, a longtime critic of hostess bars, is asking the county Liquor Control Commission to enact a rule outlawing new lounges where waitresses sit with and entertain customers. Tavares said this morning he is concerned with “the damage done to families” by the bars where he said men are enticed “by clever waitresses” to spend every dime they have.

10 Years Ago

2005 – Heavy rains from a Pacific cold front brought flooding and closed a half dozen schools on Molokai, while strong southerly winds beached five boats on the West Maui coast. The late winter weather even brought pellet-sized bits of hail to Kahului.

* “Looking Back Through The Maui News” is a weekly feature compiled by Gail Ainsworth.

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1915 – Wednesday will be St. Patrick’s Day so in the evening the Maui Irish and near-Irish will dance. This year the St. Patrick’s Day dance will be held in the Wailuku Gymnasium, and it promises to be fully equal of any of its predecessors. For all the affairs on the local calendar this annual event is without doubt one of the most enjoyable. It is then that one may see people doing astonishing fancy steps, that are never to be seen on a dancing floor at any other time.

75 Years Ago

1940 – Sale of the Maui Drug Company, located on Market Street, Wailuku by Fred “Doc” von Jochumsen was announced yesterday. The company is the oldest pharmacy on Maui, originally owned by the Hollister Drug Co. Ltd.

50 Years Ago

1965 – The chairman of the Maui Citizen’s Committee on the Prison Site, William D. Tavares, yesterday issued a statement calling for a stepped-up letter-writing campaign by Mauians to members of the Legislature. In his statement, Mr. Tavares said, “There seems to be a bull-headed determination on the part of the administration and a small group of Mauians to build the prison on Maui despite the opposition of thousands of citizens.”

25 Years Ago

1990 – An item in yesterday’s Honolulu Advertiser read “Komoda Bakery in Makawao has told employees it will be closing later this year.” When asked yesterday whether the story was true, Komoda’s owner Takeo Komoda said simply and emphatically, “No.” Pass the cream puffs!

10 Years Ago

2005 – Escrow was expected to open on Kaluanui today as Hui No’eau acquires the home it has occupied for the past three decades. John Hoxie, the chairman of the arts’ group board of directors, said, “The Hui board is extremely grateful to Maui and the community at large” for its rapid fund drive that will enable it to acquire the property that was going to be sold to a Texas couple.

* “Looking Back Through The Maui News” is a weekly feature compiled by Gail Ainsworth.

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1915 – Mrs. Alice Parks, one of the leading workers for the Woman Suffrage movement in the United States, spent several days on Maui this week. During her Maui visit, she addressed a gathering of women at the home of Mrs. Howell in Wailuku and also held another meeting at Paia. She is thoroughly convinced that her work will see its full fruition within a very few years.

75 Years Ago

1940 – Fresh frozen fish, clams, oysters, fruits and vegetables of the hard-to-get variety, shipped fresh from Mainland markets, ready for your table. Stocked at all times at T. Ah Fook Market, Main St. Kahului.

50 Years Ago

1965 – The dedication program for the Lahaina Shopping Center will be emceed by Tom Shibano, manager of the three-building center. According to Mr. Shibano, 19 of the 20 shopping center merchants will be participating in the grand opening celebration. The exception is the Golden Palace, a chop suey restaurant expected to open on March 24.

25 Years Ago

1990 – The state Board of Land & Natural Resources adopted a rule Friday banning nudity at all state beach parks, including Little Beach at Makena. A group called Friends of Little Beach had urged the state to set aside the small section of sand as a clothing optional beach.

10 Years Ago

2005 – The Haiku Reunion 2005 marks the Haiku School centennial, including the Haiku Ho’olaule’a and Flower Festival today at the community center, with entertainment, talk-story times and a luau. The four-day celebration concludes with programs on Sunday

* “Looking Back Through The Maui News” is a weekly feature compiled by Gail Ainsworth.

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1915 – Professor Krauss is planning to offer prizes for children’s gardening plots, developed in connection with the schools on Maui. If the idea is carried out, seed will be furnished free and the children given all the aid possible in way of instruction. The children’s garden idea has been a great success on the Mainland.

75 Years Ago

1940 – Second of a series of public dances will be held tonight in the beautiful Wailuku Hotel garden. Following the success of his first venture in Saturday night dances, hotel manager Paul Lada has decided to continue his public dances, with no cover charge. Music for dancing under the stars will be furnished by Eddie Tam’s Hawaiian orchestra.

50 Years Ago

1965 – Maui businessman Kenneth Otani took over management of Hotel Iao Needle. Mr. Otani, proprietor of Harold’s Inn at the Kahului Shopping Center, has leased the hotel for five years. Mr. Otani also used to operate Barefoot Boy Drive-in. The new operator said he expects most of his clientele to be kamaaina.

25 Years Ago

1990 – Mauians headed to snow country yesterday and Friday, causing Haleakala National Park rangers to work overtime to deal with the crowds and traffic. All the snow didn’t stay on top of the mountain however. Maui police were dispatched to a Lono Street address in Kahului Friday afternoon after receiving a call that two girls were throwing snowballs at passing cars.

10 Years Ago

2005 – Fire crews continued mopping up hot spots at the Kahului Shopping Center Monday afternoon following an all-night battle with a blaze that burned through three businesses on Sunday. The fire burned the Salvation Army Thrift Store, Ah Fook’s Super Market and TJ’s Oriental Food Mart & Fast Food.

* “Looking Back Through The Maui News” is a weekly feature compiled by Gail Ainsworth.