Editorial

Holding to party lines

“However (political parties) may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of ...

Issue beyond compromise?

As this is written (at noon on Friday), 2019 is off to a rocky start. The partial federal government shutdown is finishing its second week. Thursday, the stock market continued its stomach-churning ride and the Dow Jones dropped over 600 points. Companies that rely on global economies ...

Slow down and live

We regularly write here about fast drivers on this island in the Pacific. We’ve remarked that they remind us of an old saying: “Everybody thinks he’s a good driver and nobody’s as good a driver as he thinks he is.” Even our best “highways” — Piilani, Haleakala, Maui ...

Tourists aren’t just visitors

The first tenet of successfully marketing a good product is to know your customer. The hospitality industry in the islands has evolved from sun, sea, beach and beds into a more complex business to serve tourists who plan vacations with specific goals that go beyond the resorts. The picture is ...

Lessons to be learned

“Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble When you’re perfect in every way. I can’t wait to look in the mirror ‘Cause I get better lookin’ each day.” — From “It’s Hard To Be Humble” By Mac Davis Humility is an interesting concept. Some folks of noted accomplishment ...

A new year, a new chance

January may be the most optimistic month of the year. As each new year begins, there is hope that comes from a deep-down feeling that the world has been given a clean slate. Yes, some of the same old problems remain, but there is a belief that new solutions will be found, new coalitions will ...

Have a safe New Year’s Eve

Maui winds up another calendar year Monday night and this is the night that is universally regarded as an occasion for parties that may or may not include setting off firecrackers or fireworks. The fireworks tradition came to the island with the Chinese, who were among the first immigrants. ...

A resolute New Year

Every year we write something here about New Year’s resolutions, hoping to inspire others into being better, happier, healthier people. Unfortunately, the best way to inspire others would probably be to report a few more personal successes than we generally do. So far public embarrassment ...

The death of our princess

Friday marks the second anniversary of the death of someone who felt like a member of our family. 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 move. One ...

Building a child’s mind

At the risk of sounding like an old fogey (which we are), we’d offer a suggestion for today’s parents: Put away the electronic games you bought for junior or your junior miss for a while and play the old traditional games with your children this holiday season. If you want to teach your ...

Glad tidings still good news

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed . . . And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city . . . “And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. ...

A new epidemic hits our country

Generally, we like to keep editorials rather lighthearted during the holiday season. But, a development this week that is very troubling is not getting very much attention. And, no, it’s not about any of the various Trump investigations. It’s about a report and a legal investment in a ...

Santa at the eleventh hour

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

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, ...

Putting bad examples 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. A few years ago, the world lost Whitney Houston. She was a victim of her excesses. The last tragic ...

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 ...

Anniversary of a hero’s death

It is hard to believe that Monday is the sixth anniversary of the passing of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. As we’ve written previously, Inouye’s death marked the closing of the most important chapter of Hawaii’s life as a state to date. His quiet leadership built modern Hawaii. The war ...

The end of the Soviet Union

It is interesting to note with all the discussion about Russian interference in our elections and the concern about its continued aggression toward the Ukraine, the communist juggernaut it descended from vanished almost three decades ago. In a quite unlikely scenario, the country dubbed the ...

Don’t forget this donation

This space may seem like a broken record when it comes to asking readers to make charitable donations during this holiday season. But, another entity that needs your continued support is the American Cancer Society. Like most other folks, we’ve lost friends and family (including our son last ...