Editorial

The death of our princess

There is a new “Star Wars” movie out this week and that has sparked more than a few memories . . . Our career forced us to move a lot when our children were little. It was important for them to have certain people they could rely on when they were facing the uncertainty of another ...

Eleventh-hour Santa Claus

When Dec. 20 rolls around and you haven’t even begun your shopping, you are officially an eleventh-hour Santa. Or, possibly, someone who doesn’t value his marriage. There are people, though, who wait until the last minute every year to do their Christmas shopping. They believe there ...

Birth of a princess noted

On Dec. 19, 1831, a daughter was born to Ke Ali‘i Abner Paki and Laura Konia in Honolulu. The infant was the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great and would exert a lasting influence on the kingdom, territory and state. Princess Bernice Pauahi Paki Bishop founded Kamehameha Schools, ...

End of the Soviet Union

In a quite unlikely scenario, the country dubbed the “Evil Empire” by President Ronald Reagan ceased to exist 26 years ago. The Soviet Union folded with a whimper, not a bang. Its president, Mikhail Gorbachev, ceded power to Boris Yeltsin, president of the Russian Federation. On Dec. 17, ...

The birth of a nation

On Dec. 16, 1773, a bunch of American colonists staged a “tea party” in Boston Harbor to protest an act by the British parliament that would have given a virtual monopoly on the sale of tea in North America to the East India Co. According to history.com, the value of the tea dumped into ...

Empowering the powerless

Tuesday’s U.S. Senate election in Alabama to select a replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions came in the midst of a firestorm of growing awareness of sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual bullying in government, business and entertainment. At this writing, six members of ...

Champions for all time

With Russia facing a ban from the 2018 Winter Olympics because of systematic doping on its team, it seems appropriate to share a story about a courageous act involving Olympic participation. A couple of years ago, we read a story that was so inspirational that we feel compelled to share it ...

The Festival of Lights

Tonight at sunset marks the beginning of Hanukkah. The first flame of the menorah will be lit and the eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights begins. The Jewish celebration commemorates the retaking of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) some 22 centuries ...

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 ...