Editorial

Counting blessings

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep And I fall asleep counting my blessings.” — From the 1954 movie “White Christmas” People who are lucky enough to live on Maui have many things to be thankful for this holiday season. We live in a free ...

Big day for Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is an annual drive presented by the United States Marine Cops Reserve in partnership with the Salvation Army of Maui County. Sunday is a big day for the 2017 Toy Drive — the 16th annual Maui Toy Run Motorcycle Parade presented by Street Bikers United Hawaii, Maui County ...

Remember our heroes

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The memorial at the sunken USS Arizona will be the focal point of the ceremonies. On Dec. 7, 1941, 1,177 sailors and Marines aboard the Arizona died in the attack. Some 360 made it off the ship. Today only five survivors of the ...

Bad examples put to use

It may well be true that everyone has to make his own mistakes, but one would hope that tragic examples of drug use by celebrities would have some impact on young people tempted to try them. As the federal government acknowledges that there is an opioid crisis, it would appear that deaths ...

The search for leaders

There are not many times we feel sorry for the young. Yet, this week as we approach the 76th anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy” — the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 — we feel privileged to have been the children of the “Greatest Generation” and the bridge ...

Online growth is ominous

Some of our readers have been critical of The Maui News’ aggressive Save Our Stores campaign urging our citizens to forego shopping online this holiday season and, instead, spend that money locally. New reports released last week underscore some of the reasons we feel online sites, ...

The death of Jim Nabors

The passing of Jim Nabors Thursday in Honolulu at age 87 was very sad news for our state and the nation. The star who first made his mark as country bumpkin Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” in the early 1960s proved to be an enduring performer — for over five decades he graced ...

Believing in miracles

Thirteen years ago this holiday season, an elderly woman lay dying in a hospital bed. Her two sons stood by as the doctor, a family friend, told the old woman there was nothing more that could be done for her. “That’s OK, Lisa,” the woman replied, “I believe in miracles.” One of ...

Attack warning tone test Friday

This Friday, Dec. 1, Hawaii will test its new Attack Warning Tone, advising residents of possible nuclear attacks. Designed to take place on the first day of every month following the test of the tsunami and hurricane warning siren, the attack tone will produce a “wailing” noise to ...

The reality of Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro died a year ago last week. To those of us of a certain age, he was the brutal dictator who brought the world to the brink of World War III with his part in 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. He allowed the Soviet Union to install launchers for offensive intercontinental ballistic ...

A wonderful time of year

With less than a month to go before Christmas, the holiday season is off to a rollicking start. Malls, shopping centers and individual stores appeared to be doing brisk business as Mauians rushed out to scoop up Black Friday Week and early-season specials. The holidays are a chance to ...

Good reasons to be thankful

Although this editorial is written a few days before Thanksgiving and, therefore, without the benefit of a stomach full of turkey and stuffing, one aspect of the holiday seems destined to have occurred: At some point on Thursday, all of us who live on Maui realized we have a cornucopia of ...

Thanksgiving and charity

Charity — call it aloha — played a crucial role in the first American Thanksgiving celebration. Although not unique to Western culture, thanksgiving or harvest festivals have been held in many countries for hundreds of years. In Hawaii, the Makahiki season, stretching over several months, ...

Remembering John Kennedy

Fifty-four years ago today, John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. For those of us who lived through that tragic time, images of the days that followed the killing flicker through our minds, much like the famous Zapruder movie of the actual ...

’Tis the season

This week marks the kickoff of the 2017 holiday season. Many of us will be dusting off the Christmas decorations, getting them ready or perhaps even putting a few up this week. Thursday, birds and people will be getting stuffed as the country celebrates Thanksgiving. Nothing like turkey, ...

Welcome to basketball fans

Thanksgiving week is always an exciting time on Maui — and not just because we’re getting ready to give thanks for all our blessings and fill the ol’ tank with turkey and stuffing. One of the highlights of the week is always the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Championship Round conducted ...

Echoes from Gettysburg

One hundred and fifty-four years ago this Sunday, a president made a visit to a cemetery in Gettysburg, Penn., to commemorate a decisive battle in the Civil War and honor the soldiers who fought it. The speech he delivered was concise and its words will echo as long as there is a United States ...

A great day to quit

The American Cancer Society designates the third Thursday of November as The Great American Smokeout — a day to quit smoking or make plans to do so. According to the ACS website, 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. While the percentage of American adults who smoke cigarettes has ...

More politcal punishment

Well, as we wrote just last Sunday, the Republican plans for tax reform appear to be thinly disguised attempts to punish states that lean toward the Democratic Party. The House version of GOP tax reform eliminates deductions for state and local taxes and caps the home mortgage interest ...

No good news for smokers

Thursday is The Great American Smokeout and we’ll have more about that later in the week. But today we’d like to talk about a report that changed American life for the better. If there was ever a government report or action that changed a nation, it could well be the first surgeon ...