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Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago

1920 –Big Fire at Lahaina Causes $150,000 Loss: Large Sections of Business Part of Town Destroyed – Loss of Hose Connection Caused Delay Which Proved the Most Costly – Strenuous Work Saved More of Town from Burning.

75 Years Ago

1945 — The WAVES are here. The women, part of a group of 200 who arrived earlier in Honolulu and who are the first of their organization, took up their duties at Puunene Naval Air Station for the first time Friday.

50 Years Ago

1970 — One of the most-talked-about subjects during the New Year’s celebration was the fact that Maui Electric Co. hooked up electricity to the residents and property owners at Hamoa. Les Medeiros, who led the fight to bring electricity, said it took four years, because of legal technicalities.

25 Years Ago

1995 — One of the pioneers who molded modern Hawaii into a pro-labor Democratic stronghold is gone. Thomas Seikichi Yagi, who led the Maui division of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union for 30 years, died Monday.

10 Years Ago

2010 — The state Land Use Commission cleared the way Friday for Castle & Cooke Resorts to continue using brackish water drawn from Lanai’s high-level aquifer to irrigate The Challenge at Manele golf course.

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