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TIIK MAUI NKWS, SATURDAY, AUOUvST 29. 1914
THE MUI NEVA3
Knteri.il lit the Post OlTieent WaihiVu, Maui, Il.iwiui, ns seronil-elus.-. mutter
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest oi the People
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a )U ;i lotiir lini,. ill,, f .iii Tn nil ff Smwrvisiirs subscribed SoO
per month to tin- Hawaii Promotion Committee. Last week it
adopted a resolution di-eoutinuing this donation, for the reason
that the county is desperately hard up. In view of the fact that the
Inlands may expect to profit much in tourist business as a result of the
Kuropc.in war, and also because Honolulu is just now making estra
ordinars efforts to double the fund for general advertising, the Adv er
tiser is moved to deliver itself of the following hit of editorial sarcasm:
OIK MAUI IMIOSTt.Ht.
More in sorrow tlian in linger let us say tli.it the Maui
supervisors seem to be iniliviiltiall y ami coliictively a little
"oil" in their think tanks.
I'Verv Imsiness in an r.i the Territory looks on NOW, as
l.eme, Hawaii's (loMeti Opportunity 10 secure an increase
in tilt' volume of tourist tratlie in this direct ion and is pie
paring to dig a little deeper into his jeans to help along
tile good cause,
The Maui supervisors cannot see it. They do not even
know where llaleakala is located and apparently have
never heard oi tourists making the trip up Us slopes.
They have seized the "golden" opportunity to step into
the limelight and achieve everlasting fame hy withdraw
ing their suport to the Hawaii promotion committee,
lint it is never too late to change one's mind.
Strange as it may seem to the Advertiser and to other Honolulu
boosters, the action of the supervisors has not been greeted with any
great storm of local disapprobation. On the other hand - disgraceful
as it may seem many good citizens of Maui have been heard to ex
press open approval of the move.
Of course we are provincial, short sighted, selfish, ridiculously blind
lo our own interests, and all the rest of it. lut facts are facts our
supervisors have turned down the promotion committee, and our people
Hut before passing final sentence, here's an anomaly for the piv
motion committee, the Ad Club, and the Advertiser to puzzle over.
How do you explain the fact for it is a fact that it is almost impossi .
ble to get a number of Maui business men together, on any pretext,
that the discussion does not turn to the tourist business, and ways and
means of getting the tourist to Maui, and pleasing him when he gets
here? Or why it is that private individuals have been, and are, spend
ing money, in printed matter, hotels, horses, and equipment, with
nothing but the tourist in view?
There is no gainsaying that uch efforts are largely futile so far as
the results aimed at are concerned, but they are proof positive that
Maui is not indifferent.
The real truth is that there is a very general feeling here that Hono
lulu doesn't give a hang about Maui in fact begrudges seeing a tour
ist stop off here for fear he will leave a few dollars that might be spent
on Oahu. Ililo a few years ago felt the same wax perhaps to a cer
tain extent does still, and there is just enough truth in the notion to
make it difficult to remove.
I!ut it is no mistake that Honolulu has adopted a patronizing atti
tude towards the other Islands in this matter of publicity work, that is
rese nted, even though the real cause of the irritation may not be sus
pected by either side. Up to the present time all the money that could
1)L' raised (Maui's mile included) has been used in urging people on the
mainland to come to Hawaii. They are coming, but Maui doesn't see
them. Oahu urges us to build a road up llaleakala: to build rest
houses; hotels in sVort is very long on advice, most of which under
present conditions cannot be followed.
l'ut here is the thing that Oahu must come to realize from bottom to
to, before its efforts will ever be the stte'cess they should be,
HONOLULU XKKDS MAUI, AND HAWAII, AM) KAUAI, A
OOOI) DUAL MORK THAN T1IKSK OTIIKR ISLANDS NKKDS
When this fact soaks home, the promotion committee, the Ad Clhl
ami the Advertiser will lie asrke-cn on getting a road to the top of llale
akala AS A TERRITORIAL ASSKT--as they are now incoudemning
' Maui people as back-numbers because they can't build the road over
night themselves, and lvecause they decline to break themselves in help
ing keep a stream of tourists coining which they never see. Honolulu al-j
ways will reap the lion's share of tourist profits; and Maui's assets will
always bring more returns to Oahu than they ever can to Main. It's
ti) to Honolulu to do more than TALK. The tourist isn't going to be
satisefiel until he can fee all that is worth seeing in the Territory, and
Maui isn't in position to make her attractions accessible without help.
She is willing to do her share, but likes to have at least a little play for
her own money.
HOW SUGAR SHOULD HELP.
HM real importance of the new trans-continental sugar rates
should be in giving the Hawaiian sugar industry an opportunity
to help the Islands to better transportation facilities. All of
Hawaii's sugar can now probably be delivered to ihe Pacific coast; and
every vessel engaged in the sugar carrying trade from now on should
be required to pro ide passenger and fresh fruit carrying accommoda
tions also. Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles, which up to the pres
ent have been unable to establish direct connections with this Terri
tory on account of not 1 icing able to get return cargoes from here,
should now have a chance to get a share of the sugar business. U.ach
tif the se places is a western railway terminal, the same as is San l'rancis
co. It might lie feasible to establish a chain of refineries along the
Pacific coast, or to refine here and ship only the finished product. Hut
the main point is that SUOAR should lie expected to go out of its way a
little, if necessary, to help the general prosperity of the Islands, now
that it apparently has an opportunity to do so.
A I'i'AK i:Ti.v Hana is the only district where candidates have enough
back-bone to come out in the open ami declare where they stand on the
delegate-ship question. Last week John Wilcox and J. P. K. Kamai,
both took the stump and malic strong speeches for Rice. Kawaakoa,
of the same district, w ho failed to ge t on the ticket through irregulari ty
in tiling his application, had announced himself as favoring Kuhio.
There is something in liana that breeds independence, which candi
dates in other ilistriets seem to lack.
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