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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, APRIL, 17, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Saturday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
APRIL, 17, 1915.
THE CHAMBER OP COMMERCE OP HAWAII.
President Waldron.. of the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce, was
one of those who opposed the plan to combine the old chamber with
the Merchants' Association. Now that the combination has been ef
fected, he is one of the most enthusiastic converts. lie makes no bones
about it. but frankly says he was mistaken. Moreover Mr. Waldron
appears to believe that the last word has been said m the matter that
the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce is the Greater Chamber of Com
merce in fact if not in name. Put is it?
Primarily the interests of this big, virile organization is to foster
the interests of the people of Honolulu. Hut the interests of Honolulu
people are not bounded by the limits of the coastline of Oahu. They
embrace the whole Territory. Moreover these interests are daily be
coming more complex and strong. The welfare of every island is be
coming more a matter of real concern to the business interests of Hono
lulu, just as is the prosperity of Honolulu of intimate concern to the
rest of the Territory. Then why not a commercial organization that
will be a real greater chamber of commerce THE CHAMBER Or
COMMERCE OF HAWAII?
This idea is suggested by the obvious need of a broader outlook for
the men who are shaping affairs in the capital city. One of the first
things they did with their new Chamber was to get a strong committee
busy in getting a passable road around the Island of Oahu in the inter
ests of the tourist traffic. But they do not see that it is any of their
concern whether or not Maui, and Kauai and Hawaii have proper roads
and proper wharves and other things that are first essentials in handling
the tourist business. They do not see the short-sightedness of adver
tising through their promotion committee the grandeur of Haleakala
the marvel of Kilauea, the surpassing beauty of Waimea Canyon, and
then having to apologize to their visitors for the difficulties that make
some of these advertised attractions practically inaccessable. They vir
tually say to Maui and Hawaii and Kauai "If you want any of this
good tourist pickin's, get busy and build the roads and the wharves, and
the hotels that the tourist demands." They do not see that they are
the greater losers for every tourist who leaves, with a feeling that he
has been cheated of something he had been led to expect, but finds is
out of his reach.
These myopic business men of Honolulu have never tumbled to the
fact that even Kilauea would still be almost as inaccesable to a large
part of the tourists who now visit it, as is Haleakala, had not a Hono
lulu man with imagination, when the opportunity came to him, started
the building of the Volcano road with convict labor more' than eight
years ago. Hilo would doubtless still be talking about the project, just
as Maui now talks about a Haleakala auto road, but for Jack Atkinson's
All this isn't implying that Maui and Kauai and Hawaii wouldn't
do their full share in any such undertakings, but they are going to be
slow to take the initiative. And they do not like to be "talked down to"
or patronized, or given the privilege of contributing to the promotion
committee in which they have.no direct interest. President Waldron
sees now the splendid working efficiency of the little units which his
great organization has brought together. He did not always see it.
That he does not yet see any corollary between this get-together idea
and one territory wide in scope, is therefore no sign that it doesn't exist.
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THE POWER OP AX ARMY.
It is in no better-than-thou spirit that we say we are sorry for Ho
nolulu. Circumstances over which we have no control has sheltered us,
and we may only therefore note in sorrow and humility the reproach
that has come upon our big sister. The power of an army is not alone
in its guns and bayonets. And to this more subtle force Honolulu has
capitulated with scarce a struggle.
The evidence is unmistakable. Someone suggests that an auto
mobile owned by an officer is just as destructive to roads as one owned
by a civilian, and should therefore pay the same tax as the civilian's.
But does this logic work out? Not so the ordinary taxpayer can notice
it. An indignant threat from Schofield to "boycott" the Honolulu mer
chants, and Honolulu cringes and kisses the hand that holds the whip.
Was it the Honolulu chamber of commerce that adopted resolu
tions opposed to the proposed compulsory military service bill? If it
was, the Honolulu press forgot to mention the fact.
The people of the islands outside of Honolulu, have made their
opposition to the conscription bill unmistakable, and but for this fact it
would probably now be a law. We are already beginning to hear the
excuses of the Maui representatives who, with the exception of Good
ness and Tavares, who were absent, voted for the measure in the face
of the request from the Maui Chamber of Commerce that they oppose
it. The tenor of the excuses are that their hope of other usefulness for
Maui during this session depended on their "staying in line." "The
pressure," as one member expressed it, "was something fierce. They
just had to do it." Perhaps they were right if one believes in the
Machiavellian doctrine that the end justifies the means. But as we said
at first, it is not meet that we should be puffed up with pride over our
HOMESTEADERS AND THE CONGRESSIONAL PARTY.
J. M. Westgate, director of the Hawaii Experiment Station, and
but recently arrived from Washington, has repeatedly declared that the
homesteading experiments in the Islands is one of the things of parti
cular concern to the national government. If this is so some special
effort should be made to give the visiting congressional party a chance
to see what is being done in this line. The distinguished visitors will
arrive on Maui on May 6, and will be here two days. It is all right to
thow them the scenic wonders of Maui, but they are coming to study
our problems, and the future of the small farmer in Hawaii is not one
of the least of these problems.
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A prominent professional man of Honolulu (whose son, by the way
is a naval officer) made the remark the other day that in case the sub
marine F-4 is raised the public will never be allowed to know the real
reason of the disaster. We do not believe this will be the case, but
mention it simply as an illustration of the very general sentiment among
the American people that they are not supposed to count with the army
and navy except to pay the bills.
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Did you see Ililo wink at Maui just after Acting Secretary Taylor
had finished his last vehement denial that the promotion committee ever
did any knocking? And right on top of what they've been doing to their
absent secretary, too!
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The Inter-Island doesn't like Kihei as a landing place. But for
some obscure reason nobody seems to care very much.
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Some people seem to think that when thev buy a little advertising
space in a newspaier they buy the editor as well.
KahulyS Rairoadl Co.'s
Tel. No. 1062.
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