Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1919 — Kula residents need no longer fear drought, for the Olinda reservoir was formally opened Wednesday. When the reservoir is full there will be 7 million gallons available for residents and farmers of the Kula district.

75 Years Ago

1944 — Wailuku’s almost completely redecorated and remodeled USO center was opened Friday with a reception which was the first ceremony in a three-day program marking the dedication.

50 Years Ago

1969 — With filming starting this Friday on “The Hawaiians,” director Tom Gries issued a desperate call for Mauians of Chinese extraction to work as extras in the major production.

25 Years Ago

1994 — A twin-engine Beechcraft BE-99 airplane skidded to a safe stop on its belly this morning at Kahului Airport. The pilot, who was alone on the plane, was able to walk away with only a superficial cut to his right leg.

10 Years Ago

2009 — The national recession has battered Maui County: visitor arrivals down nearly 25 percent in a two-year period; more than four of 10 hotel rooms unoccupied in May; millions less in visitor spending; and unemployment at 9 percent on Maui, 11.5 percent on Lanai and 13.6 percent on Molokai.

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