Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1914 – Auto for Hire: Comfortable and stylish 1914 Cadillac 7-Seater, at your service. Rates reasonable. Ring up. Nunes, Paia. Telephone 205

75 Years Ago

1939 – Seeking to increase its milk fund for needy children, the Maui Japanese Civic Association will begin a popularity contest, which will reach its climax at a kimono ball on Jan. 25. Each ticket to the ball sold will entitle the contestant to 75 points. Winner of the popularity contest will be crowned queen of the kimono ball, which henceforth will be an annual affair. Prizes will be also be awarded for the most beautiful kimono.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Camp Maluhia is selling Norfolk pine trees for use this Christmas season. Some 50 trees will be sold with the help of James Mizoguchi, a veteran scouter who manages Ah Fook’ Super Market in Kahului. Boy Scouts annually plant 200-1,000 trees during summer camp.

25 Years Ago

1989 – Approximately 300 persons attended a lively hearing on state parks rules. Most of the debate focused on whether Little Beach in Makena should be officially designated a clothing-optional site. Mayor Hannibal Tavares was booed when he said people have a right to go to a public beach without being confronted with nudity.

10 Years Ago

2004 – Maui residents and visitors savored a bright, sunny day on Thanksgiving. Beach parks around the island were packed with folks who elected to spend their day for giving thanks outside. And while barbecues were sizzling with fare such as hot dogs and chicken thighs, beachside menus also included a lot of traditional holiday favorites.

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

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1914 – According to the Rev. Craig A. Bowdish, the Maui Red Cross Christmas Seal chairman this year, indications are that between $80 and $100 will be realized from the little stickers for the Kula Sanitarium. Christmas Seals are the means by which the Kula Sanitarium is fighting the great white plague, tuberculosis.

75 Years Ago

1939 – Inauguration of their first annual Christmas sale was set for Dec. 2 this week by members of the Wailuku United Merchants Association. Stores which will conduct the sale are K. Fuke Store, M. Ichiki Store, T. Kimura Store, Makino Shoe Store, The Maui Bonte, The Men’s Shop and Olympic Market.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Haserot Pineapple Co. Ltd. had a successful year where it has just completed its first year of packing operations. L. Verne Hass, company vice president and general manager, said: “We expect to become a permanent part of the business community here. Everybody has been very cooperative.”

25 Years Ago

1989 – Maui County has the highest percentage of renters in the state 51 percent and overall has the worst housing woes, according to a study by state statistician Robert Schmitt. In Maui County, only 29 percent of residents lived in their own homes on their own land, with an additional 2 percent owning homes on leased land.

10 Years Ago

2004 -Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena will have a special reason to observe Thanksgiving Sunday this week, as it holds a dedication and blessing to celebrate completion of a restoration project. The historic church’s exterior walls and a portion of the wall on the mountain side of the building were restored.

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

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1914 – The first of the Maui roselle crop is just coming on the market and as the season only lasts a month, now is the time for all housekeepers to put up a large supply of this delicious fruit in jelly and jam to last throughout the year. In addition to making a beautiful dark jelly or jam, the fruit is used for making sherbet and a delightful temperance drink.

75 Years Ago

1939 – Valley Islanders will pause tomorrow for Thanksgiving. Though President Roosevelt embarrassed the calendar this year by setting the date for America’s traditional holiday one week earlier than had been anticipated, the spirit remains the same.

50 Years Ago

1964 – A Benefit Card Party is to be held at the Maui Children’s Home. Inexpensive Christmas items will be featured and available for sale. Dessert will be served and door prizes awarded. Opened in 1925, the Home has been staffed by the Maryknoll Sisters since 1928.

25 Years Ago

1989 – Many cross-generational and cross-cultural exchanges were heard at Kula Hospital yesterday as 39 Kalama School students joined 27 patients for an outdoor Thanksgiving lunch on the breezy fifth floor patio. The hospital prepared the entre; the students brought the desserts. They also brought gifts for the patients.

10 Years Ago

2004 – At least one Maui retailer has sneaked in Christmas trees for some early yuletide cheer. Even before the traditional holiday season after Thanksgiving, the Kahului Wal-Mart store began selling Christmas trees over the weekend.

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

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1914 – It is reported that the new Valley Isle Theater on Market Street in Wailuku will handle theatrical companies besides handling movies during the rest of the time. The theater, which it is said will cost $10,000, will be well arranged for the purpose, with a 21-foot stage, half a dozen dressing rooms, and good scene handling facilities. It will seat about 700 persons.

75 Years Ago

1939 – With accent on harmony and no abbreviation in fun and frolic, a melodious time will be had by all those who attend the Wailuku Japanese Youth Association’s turkey hop on November 22 at the Wailuku Armory. Fifteen hostesses, all beautiful, charming and popular, greet you, and the ever-popular swing band of Clarence Seong’s will give you the thrill of the year.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Hami Yoshimoto, a Lahaina general contractor, won the grand prize in the third annual Lahaina Whaling Spree’s beard contest. He accepted the Governor John A. Burns perpetual trophy from “Lucky” Luck, who was contest emcee. Mr. Yoshimoto qualified for the finals with the best Japanese-style beard.

25 Years Ago

1989 – St. Anthony’s spirit-charged cheerleaders received a boost when Mayor Hannibal Tavares signed a declaration pronouncing the Trojan girls as “Ambassadors of Goodwill for Maui County.” The varsity cheerleaders have earned the right to be the first squad from Maui to compete in the Dynamic Cheerleaders Association’s national championships in Kansas City.

10 Years Ago

2004 – The 125-year-old Waihee School will mark its birthday with a school-only event Friday and a public event Saturday. On Friday, students will create a 2004 time capsule, and teachers will organize “oldtime” games and activities to take students back into the school’s history.

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

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1914 – Cards have been sent out to members of the Haiku Farmers’ Association notifying them that a fancy dress party is being arranged by the social committee of the organization for next Saturday evening. The affair will be held in the Kuiaha school house and promises to be a very jolly one.

75 Years Ago

1939 – Plans for a ceremony of dedication and of rejoicing at the completion of the new Catholic church in Puunene were completed this week by committees in charge of the celebration for parishioners of Holy Family Church. Members of the church have long awaited the completion of the beautiful new church.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Hawaii will continue to be represented by three Democrats and one Republican in Congress. Winning re-election Tuesday were Senator Hiram L. Fong (Republican) and Congressman Spark M. Matsunaga (Democrat). In the U.S. House race, Congressman Matsunaga jumped into the lead from the start. In second place and assured of victory was Maui-born Oahu state Sen. Patsy Takemoto Mink.

25 Years Ago

1989 – It is said that bizarre things take place in the County Building, and no one could argue that point yesterday. The County Council’s Economic Development Committee meeting came under the spell of a witch who took the seat normally occupied by Committee Chairman Joe Tanaka. Soon after committee member Alice Lee asked the intruder if she was aware that “a woman’s place is in the home,” the witch fled the room, and poof who should conveniently appear but Tanaka himself.

10 Years Ago

2004 -A last-minute campaign blitz by Democrats helped Sen. John Kerry beat back a late surge in the polls by President Bush to win Hawaii’s four electoral votes. Kerry, who led in all counties, received 55 percent of the island vote to Bush’s 46 percent, with more than half the vote counted.

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