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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
JANUARY 9, 1915.
SAVE THE KUIAHA HOMESTEADERS.
The Maui Chamber of Commerce, the Maui Board of Supervisors,
and the Maui delegation to the legislature are unanimous in the matter
of getting roads for the Kuiaha homestead district. The matter was
ngain in the limelight this week, and recieved the serious attention of
these several most representaitve bodies. Moreover Governor Pinkham
and his administration are virtually pledged to this same proposition.
Besides this a hundred or more Civic Convention and Ad Club dele
gates, who had a chance to see conditions in the homesteads a few
months ago, stand ready, individually and collectively, to lend their
support to some plan which will give the people in the Kuiaha district
a chance to make good. They haven't that chance now.
With such wide understanding of the situation as this, Maui's dele
gation in the legislature should not find difficulty in getting an emerg
ency appropriation by which at least $50,000 would be appropriated and
made available before the legislature adjourns. It won't do to bury
this project in some general appropriation or road bill, of more or
less indefinite and untested character. If the most promising home-
fteading proposition ever undertaken in the Territory is to be saved,
it must have specific and prompt attention. Already there are signs of
disintegration of this most promising community. The people out there
arc being literally starved out, and for almost no other reason than
lack of roads.
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WAKE VP! MAUI SPORTSMEN!
1 he Maui Racing Association will hold its annual meeting next
Tuesday evening. There shouldn't be any apathy among Maui people
over this meeting; but as one its members admitted this week, the
organization "badly needs a good stirring up." Maui can really not
afford to neglect this association which came into existence almost
thirty years ago, and which has a record that any community might
well be proud of. During all that time its members have stood for
clean sport, and to this, and this alone, is due the fact that the organ
ization has been able to survive. Sport for sport's sake, and the love
of fine animals, have been the motives that have won on more than one
occasion when misguided efforts on the part of individuals would have
let down the bars to questionable practices. No other place in the Terri
tory has such a record, and but few places anywhere can boast a racing
association with so long and honorable a career. Members of an organ
ization like this shouldn't need stirring up.
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THE HALEAKALA HIKERS.
The importance to Maui of the Hume Ford tramping excursion
through Haleakala crater should not be underestimated. It was really
a remarkable performance and one that no one except a genius such
as Ford could have carried through. To Maui it means that more than
one hundred wide-awake people have seen Maui's greatest asset in a
most impressive manner. If they suffered in the process, it has not hurt
the Island. The kicks about the trip and there were some strenuous
kickers in that bunch were all aimed at Ford, and he can stand it
Maui did not suffer. Like all geniuses Mr. Ford has his shortcomings
and in this instance they manifested themselves in lack of attention to
details, with the result that a lot of needless discomfort followed. But
the siunt will lone stand as a ton-notcher, and Maui is the winner. All
credit to Ford.
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PINEAPPLES AND PROFITS.
The conviction is growing that Hawaii really can grow more pine
apples than the rest of the world can eat. If this is true there can be
but one result the Islands must slacken up on production until the
demand catches up. If the prediction of a disinterested mainland job
jk'T is of any value, it will mean that the growers are to have several
.iore years of prices for their product that will not cover cost of ,pro
:uction. Of course the farmer can't stand a great deal of this kind
oi tiling. He must sooner or later go broke or learn to grow other
crops that will show a balance on the right side of the ledger. For
tunately the prospect of being able to do this is brighter now than it has
ever before been in Hawaii. , The pineapple glut may after all be a
blessing in disguise.
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A WARNING TO BOOZE-FIGHTING CHAUFFEURS.
If Honolulu liad a district magistrate of the caliber of Judge McKay,
the Oahu press would not be forced to chronicle almost daily the crimes
and blunders of irresponsible and drunken auto drivers. Judge McKay
uses plain common sense in his court, which is the kind of justice that
the public will endorse. A fine of $35 and the revocation of a license is
not too severe a penalty for a public chauffeur, who gets drunk, even
if he didn't happen to kill anybody.
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I,et the legislature specifically outline a few of the duties popularly
supposed to go with the office of Territorial auditor, and the proposed
new "department of the Comptroller" will not be needed. What's the
use of the Auditor's department anyhow if it doesn't audit? If it had
been covering the field as everybody thought it was, up to the time the
Hawaii county graft scandal broke, there probably never would have
been any scandal to break.
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Hilo sportsmen are trying to work up steam enough o hold a race
meet next Fourth of July. Better forget it and come to Maui on the
Fourth. Maui has a recognized claim to this day. For thirty years
horse-racing has been an annual Fourth of July event here, and Maui
sportsmen are only too glad to welcome the cooperation of the rest
of the Territory.
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A way for the promoters of the Waikiki beach amusement pier
scheme to get around objection would be to build a subway instead of
a pier. A well designed structure arising from the waves a mile off
shore with no visible shore connection would beat the pier idea all hoi
low as a novelty, and shouldn't be objectionable from any viewpoint.
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