Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1914 – Friday afternoon, the 18th, a most successful “Christmas tree” entertainment was given in the Community House, Paia, for the Sunday school members of the Makawao Union Church. The program consisted of suitable choruses and two elaborate plays, one titled “The Night After Christmas” by Maunaolu Seminary girls and the other, “The Night Before Christmas” by pupils of the Hamakuapoko High School.

75 Years Ago

1939 – Market Street blazed out in full Christmas glory as the Yule shopping season swung into high gear. With lights strung across the street and store fronts invitingly decorated, Wailuku announced that it welcomes a rush of shopping. Wailuku United Merchants’ Guild have arranged to decorate their store entrances with lanterns to designate those stores participating in the special Christmas sale and gift offer.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Try the Best Before You Try the Rest. Lahaina’s Original “Steakhouse,” Banyan Inn, since 1937. “Sizzling” Steaks tender, juicy, pineapple-fed Pioneer Mill beef. Cool lanai dining, lush tropical plants, cocktails. Dance Under the Stars on Friday and Saturday.

25 Years Ago

1989 – Christmas Happening Special! You are always giving right with Ah Fook’s gift certificates! Ah Fook’s Super Market, where you’re worth more! Known for our service, quality and bargains.

10 Years Ago

2004 – Five-year-old Mikhaela Galindo had a simple wish for Christmas. The Kihei Elementary School kindergartner wanted her daddy Romulo “Romy” Galindo, a specialist with the Hawaii National Guard, home for the holidays. On Monday, the long days of separation melted away and Mikhaela’s wish came true when her daddy arrived home.

* “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 cost a cook at the Maui Hotel just $15 for the fun of rapping a waiter in the same caravansary over the head with a stick of wood. The assault and battery occurred after the two principals in the row had pretty well exhausted their vocabularies of English-Chinese-Japanese-Hawaiian epithets. Active hostilities were precipitated, it is understood, when the waiter undertook to tell the cook how to prepare an order of soup.

75 Years Ago

1939 – “The little store with hundreds of practical gifts” is the description of the Toda Drug Company on Main Street, Kahului. Toda’s store is crammed full of gift items of every description and priced to fit any size pocketbook.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Maui resort developers report that more than 350 additional hotel rooms are expected to be ready for occupancy by May 1. This year will end with 1,148 hotel rooms on the Valley Isle available, and more than 1,500 are expected to be ready by the middle of 1965. The largest addition will be 300 made available by the construction of the Hilton Hotel in Kaanapali.

25 Years Ago

1989 – The idea was to turn some wasteland into a needed firing range. But the firing range in Ukumehame has turned into a wetland, and the Hawaiian stilts have moved in. Once the water dries up at the firing range, the birds will return to their usual habitats at Kealia and Kanaha ponds.

10 Years Ago

2004 – Makana, the Hawaiian monk seal who has been a regular visitor to the beaches around Kuau and Hookipa, apparently is thinking of settling down at Hamakuapoko Point. Makana has been hauling out on the beaches between Kuau Bay and Hookipa nearly daily for 39 days. That is something of a record for a monk seal to continually visit a relatively well-populated area of shoreline.

* “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 patients at the Kula Sanitarium enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and roast pig. Later, there was a game of progressive Pedro with prizes – a box of candy and a nut cake. Mrs. Kalolo won the candy, and Messrs. Kumaha and Amura won the cake.

75 Years Ago

1939 – Experimentation with two-way radio for the Maui police department has been authorized by the Police Commission, Chief of Police George Larsen Jr. announced. Sadame Katahara, police radio technician, will build the experimental set, which will be placed in one of the cars in the Paia district.

50 Years Ago

1964 – The new 160-room Kaanapali Hotel is a welcome addition to the growing Maui resort. Situated on 10.3 acres of Kaanapali Beach, the Kaanapali Hotel is comprised of two separate six story buildings. The fresh-water hotel pool is designed in the shape of a whale.

25 Years Ago

1989 – The heavenly part of heavenly Hana is back in business. Historic Wananalua Church, founded in 1838 and falling apart in 1988, was born again yesterday in rededication ceremonies here. It was the intangible spirit of ohana, for which this Shangri-la community is famous, that raised a mind-boggling $400,000 and saved Wananalua from the wrath of the termites.

10 Years Ago

2004 – The drive-in movie is back in almost the same location as Maui’s one-time drive-in on the grounds of Maui Community College. MauiFEST is sponsoring the monthly drive-in movies with the first to be held Saturday night. Unlike the old days, the films will be augmented by live music, and the old concession stand will be replaced by a variety of food booths.

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