Editorial

The right type of leadership

A post two years ago on Facebook struck us as showing a major difference between attitudes in the United States now and in past generations. The post featured a young, unidentified black woman holding a sign in front of the United States Capitol sometime in the 1960s. The sign showed Uncle Sam ...

Provide help, not a handout

As the issue of homelessness moves to the front burner of all levels of government in Hawaii, one distinction must be kept in mind: Society has different obligations to people who can’t help themselves as opposed to those who won’t help themselves. The idea is to provide job training, ...

Stay away from legal gambling

Before the Legislature begins its session this year, we’d like to throw in our annual appeal to not put the state on the road to legal gambling. We again would urge legislators to limit any such thoughts to a lottery associated with Powerball or Mega Millions, with the proceeds earmarked ...

Too many distractions

As we often write here, the revolution in electronics and mobile devices is undoubtedly a boon for our economy as well as our lifestyles. Yet, we know that talking on a cellphone or texting while driving are major distractions and are, in fact, illegal here. That said, we wonder about some of ...

Productivity and pay

An interesting column in The Wall Street Journal a while back addressed the decoupling of compensation from productivity that is shrinking the American middle class. “Closing the Productivity and Pay Gap” by William A. Galston said the trend that has begun in recent decades to not link ...

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, ...