Editorial

The death of civility

Several years ago, we wrote that boorish behavior is taking over public discourse. Whether it was a member of the House of Representatives shouting “You lie!” at President Obama during an address to a joint session of Congress or an ill-mannered Kanye West ruining an award presentation to ...

Nature is not always kind

A while back, some friends told us about some strong tides they had encountered unexpectedly off Spreckelsville. It reminded us again of something an old colleague wrote about being lured into dangerous situations by forgetting that Maui’s beauty is a force of nature and, as such, can contain ...

Longevity and reality

People are living longer today — a lot longer. Whether it is because of better medical care or healthier lifestyles, today’s population is living a lot longer than its parents or grandparents. Discussions with friends and a physician prompted us to try to quantify just how much longer we ...

An internet challenge

The internet daily offers challenges to people in the business of information. More and more, the public is demanding instantaneous reporting of the news and asserting its right to comment immediately on those stories. In general, that is a good thing. But a real problem with allowing ...

Welcome to the Weekender

As we evolve to a six-day per week publishing cycle, this is the first edition of our brand-new Weekender. Delivered on Saturdays, it will have all the special features of our Sunday product, including color comics, The Channel Surfer, expanded sports coverage, community news and Pau Hana, as ...

Horrible blow to democracy

We all tend to think we live in a republic built around democratic principles, with a government, as Abraham Lincoln said, “of the people, by the people, for the people.” We hate to say this, but to some degree, we kid ourselves. It is not hyperbolic to warn against the erosion of our ...

Safety first when using fireworks

It’s a little hard to believe, but the Fourth of July is right around the corner. Remember to be safe, especially when it comes to lighting fireworks. According to the National Safety Council’s website, nsc.org, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require ...

Landmark legislation

With the celebration of the Declaration of Independence only four days away, it is well worth noting that Tuesday is the 55th anniversary of another famous date in American history. On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. With one sweep of the ...

Patriotism and principles

As we approach another week where we will celebrate Independence Day, it seems apt to consider the concept of patriotism. There’s no better time to consider patriotism than around July 4, the date commemorating the creation of the United States of America and, more importantly, the ...

Remembering ‘Forgotten War’

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. In today’s world North Korea threatens the world with tests of ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads and the recent summits between President Trump and Kim Jong Un sought to find a path to denuclearization of the Korean ...

Slack key fest today

For well over a decade, The Maui News has been proud to sponsor the Ki Ho‘alu Slack Key Guitar Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. It is our way to say thank you to all our readers for your support and patronage. Today, the 28th edition of the festival takes place at the ...

Important date for civil rights

June 21 is an important date in the history of the United States civil rights movement. On June 21, 1964, two members of the original “Freedom Riders” and a young black man were murdered near Philadelphia, Miss. The deaths of Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwermer and James Chaney caused a ...

Watergate’s anniversary

A noted anniversary quietly passed Monday. Forty-seven years ago, June 17, 1972, burglars were caught breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C. That was the beginning of a two-year nightmare that ended on Aug., 9, ...

The lucky guy’s day

Fathers are the luckiest people on Earth. Thanks to the beautiful women in our lives, we get to help create little creatures who love us unconditionally. Oh, they soon get over that unconditional stuff. But for the first few years, we get to have the joy of having someone’s eyes light up ...

Today is Flag Day

There will be a lot of red, white and blue on display today as Maui residents show off their patriotism on Flag Day. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 of that year as Flag Day. Thirty-three years later, Congress resolved that every June 14 would be observed as “Flag ...

First king ended war

Today marks the birthdate of King Kamehameha I, who united the islands into one kingdom and ruled benevolently by modifying the old ways to fit new conditions brought about by increased foreign influence. While some governmental offices and businesses will be closed in holiday celebration, June ...

Reagan at ‘this wall’

Thirty-two years ago this Thursday, President Ronald Reagan challenged the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev to take a giant step toward peace and freedom by tearing “down this wall.” “This wall,” of course, was the infamous Berlin Wall, erected in 1961 at the height of the Cold War. ...

Senseless drug deaths

Three years ago a medical examiner in Minnesota announced that superstar rocker Prince died of “fentanyl toxicity.” That is a fancy way of saying he died of a drug overdose. The tweet from the ME’s office went on to say the death was accidental, from a self-administered dose. USA ...

Preserving a legacy

“We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was ...

First ‘death camp’ killings exposed

The most monstrous leader of modern times was, of course, Adolf Hitler. And, June 1, 1942, word leaked of the first implementation of a means to begin Germany’s Final Solution — the slaughter of European Jews. An underground newspaper in Warsaw called the Liberty Brigade published the ...