Editorial

Kuhio was the Citizen Prince

Monday’s holiday honors a man who went from being the adopted son of a king to a counterrevolutionary to Hawaii’s voice in the U.S. Congress. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole was born March 26, 1871, the youngest of three sons of Kauai’s High Chief David Kahalepouli Piikoi and Princess ...

New media, old biases

As one surfs the massive waves of the internet ocean, one thing becomes abundantly clear: The World Wide Web is not a place for objectivity. In fact, if one wishes to see anything close to what used to be called journalism, one has to visit a website that is a spinoff from one of the old, ...

Missing an old friend

We were reminded again this week that there is no longer a print version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. To be sure, the knowledge is still available digitally (Britannica.com), but we think today’s youth are missing something by not having those hard-backed volumes to pour ...

Congratulating a dictator

President Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he had called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his “electoral victory” Sunday. What is wrong with him? Does he really think his “playing nice” with Putin is working? Putin announced on ...

When an old friend calls

Boy, there is nothing like sitting in the old lounger on a Saturday night watching a baseball game, golf tournament or tennis match and having the phone ring. Now, who would be calling on a Saturday night at 8:45? It must be important — better rush on over and get that phone 20 feet away ...

A deal you can’t refuse

The only way to borrow your way to prosperity is to have the good sense to die before the bill hits the mailbox. Assiduously pursuing that policy, it now appears it is time for those of us in the baby-boomer generation to have the good sense to lie down and bite the dust. And leave the bill ...

The wearing of the green

Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day 2018 — the day for the wearin’ o’ the green. March 17 has been celebrated for centuries in honor of an Irish saint who helped Christianize that land in the fourth and fifth centuries. He supposedly used a shamrock to explain the Christian concept of the ...

Out of orbit, out of reruns

“Nothin’ could be finer than to be in a recliner . . .” It was a little less than eight years ago that the world dodged a calamity of almost unimaginable proportions. Just when you thought there were certain things you could always depend on, came word that a communications satellite ...

Questions about school

Perhaps we are overly suspicious when it comes to announcements about the long-delayed new high school for South Maui, but it certainly seemed like there was some hedging in Thursday night’s announcement that the facility is on track to open for the 2021-22 school year. A gathering of ...

Isolation of modern toys

One fairly recent development that troubles us is the isolation (and insulation) that some modern devices are bringing to our populace. A tragic example of this insulation was the poor chap who was jogging on the beach on the East Coast in March of 2010 and was hit by an airplane trying to ...

Good news for our economy

Maui and Hawaii are enjoying a steady drumbeat of good economic news: • The Hawaii Tourism Authority reported that visitor expenditures in Maui County in January were $548.5 million — the largest single month ever recorded. That figure was up an astonishing 18 percent over January ...

Easing up on fiscal bullies

The Trump administration admitted this week it is softening some consumer protection laws and easing regulations on financial institutions. Two sentences from a Washington Post article about this approach caught our attention: 1. “The Labor Department has delayed full implementation of a ...

Rewards for a good life

‘Tis the season. No, not for Ho Ho Hos and mistletoes, but W-2s and tax-time blues. What is distressing is what the working poor pay. It is a pathetic exercise to watch someone who is trying to do everything right prepare his/her taxes. For example, let’s look at one real-life example ...

Revisiting the ‘Misery Index’

For some of us who are old enough to remember it, the specter of inflation perhaps raising its ugly head again is frightening. First, the tax cuts passed by Congress and signed into law by the president are going to create trillion-dollar deficits for at least the next few years. The ...

Higgs not your average boson

Scientists announced the discovery of a Higgs boson subatomic particle five years ago this week. An Associated Press story said scientists had been looking for the little devil since 1964 when it was first predicted to exist. Actually, far from a little devil, some people refer to it as the ...

A heroric anniversary

Eighty-five years ago — March 4, 1933 — Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as America’s 32nd president. The Great Depression was devastating the country. Millions were out of work, lines were around the block at soup kitchens. Fortunes had been lost and confidence in the banking ...

Newspaper as a whole

One of the reader-friendly features of many current newspaper websites (including mauinews.com) is the ability to see every page of that day’s print edition. Replica editions show every article, every photo, every advertisement just as they appeared in that day’s edition of the newspaper. ...

March is Red Cross month

Whenever one reads a newspaper or watches a news story about devastating events, the only constant seems to be the response by the American Red Cross and its volunteers. One of the great honors of our adult life was the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of the American Red Cross ...

Constructive leadership

There is no question that the whole world benefitted in the 1980s from the ability of The Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev and the United States’ Ronald Reagan to be brutally frank with each other, while still being committed to the shared idea of a reduction in nuclear arms. What began ...

Simple joys in a modern life

There are modern conveniences that definitely make life better. Some of them are little things. For example, one definite sticking point for a few of us has always been getting the year right on checks. Traditionally, it has taken till March and sometimes April for us to adjust to writing the ...