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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 1916.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
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EDITOR AND MANAGER
JANUARY 14. 1916.
A PROMOTION MEASURE OF FIRST IMPORTANCE.
The promotion committee members, after they have held a meeting
al the summit of Halcakala, indulged in a snow-ball battle, and had their
sluggish circulations spurred up by Jack Frost, should be in position to
resume their endeavors with a new outlook upon life particularly as
regards Maui. Perhaps they will then be able to glimpse a little better
than they have in the past, what a very real asset Maui might be to the
rest of the territory from tht tourist standpoint. Perhaps also they
will have their eyes opened to the fact a road to the House of the
Sun means even more to the territory than it does to Maui, and that it
is therefore rather a territorial than a county proposition. Of course
Maui will profit from whatever tourist traffic such a road would bring
to this island, but for every dollar that the Maui visitor will spend here,
Ice is certain to spend $10 in Honolulu and elsewhere in the Islands,
in evidence of this, one has but to take the case of Hilo which is
constantly complaining that the tourists that land there help business
tti the community but little. Yet the Volcano is one of the chief at
tractions that firing the tourists to the Islands. And in this connection
it is well to remember that it was the territory and not the county of
Hawaii, that inaugurated, and in the main, built the Volcano Road.
No one now questions the wisdom of building this road, and for the
same reasons no one should now doubt the wisdom of the territory's
building the road to Halcakala. The matter is certainly one that'the
promotionists could well afford to take up and push. Maui will un
doubtedly do her part ; but her part is not to take the initiative or to
bear the brunt of the expense.
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THE JAPANESE AND THE CARNIVAL.
Recause Governor Pinkham declined to permit a Japanese aviator
to fly in Honolulu, and because they believe that the Governor is "anti
Japanese," the Japanese of Honolulu have declined to take their usual
part in this year's carnival. This is the statement of the Hawaii Shinpo,
and other papers, which are urging their readers in this stand. Such
an attitude is unfortunate for several reasons.. In the first place the
leople of Hawaii are not responsible for what the governor may do or
think they didn't have anything to do 'with making him governor.
In the second place, the Japanese, in common with other nationalities
represented in Hawaii, owe it to the community in which they see fit to
le, to do what they can to help in whatever will benefit that com
munity. The .carnival is more than a mere demonstration or celebra
tion. It is really a business proposition with Hawaii, and the Japanese
profit from it as much as any other class of residents. In fact anything
that benefits these Islands, benefits the Japanese in proportion.
The foreigners in Hawaii, like the foreigners on the mainland, are
where they are of their own free will, and generally because they re
cognize that they are better off under the Stars and Stripes than they
would be at home. If it were notso they certainly would not stay.
Is it therefore too much to expect that these visitors, as it were, accept
ing the opportunities that are offered them, should do what they may
towards helping the community as well as themselves.
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CASE OF SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE.
The "mutiny" at the boys' industrial school, has been a mighty
good thing for it has attracted attention to this most important institu
tion. And the disclosures will undoubtedly be beneficial. The terri
torial grand jury has just made a report on the subject. It finds that
the management of the school has taken the industrial part of its name
altogether too literally. The boys have been made to work, and little
effort seems to have been made to make the work attractive to the
young delinquents. The inquisitorial body recommends that more play
be mixed with die work, and that superintendent and teachers be more
Ihan simply guards and task-masters to their charges. There has been
no suggestion that the present superintendent has not been conscien
tious and diligent. It is simply a matter of his being temperamentally
not fitted for the job. It is neither just to himself nor to his charges
that he should be holding such a position. It is to be hoped that the
new commission, which has just taken the reins of management, will
really try to find a man who is naturally, as well as by training, suited
to dealing with boys, and will not continue "to try to make a square
peg lit a round hole.
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WARM CLOTHING NEEDED.
That warm clothing is something much needed by the unfortunates
of the Kula Sanitarium, is something that is likely to be overlooked by
persons who do not live at an altitude of 4000 or 5000 feet, and who
are in good health and well nourished. Woollen underclothing and
outer garments are specially desirable, for these victims of the dread
"White Plague" who are makine their last fitrht for their lives. The
MAUI NEWS will be glad to receive any donations of clothing for this
iui j-xjat, anu iu ate uiui ii readies us destination.
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The only way to make good citizens is by education. This in ;
a word, is the contention of Sunervisincr Principal McCluskev. who he
heves that instead of advocating commission government or other form
oi siue-stepping ot responsibility, a determined effort should be made
to teach practical civil government in the schools. This is certainly
me ngni iaea. ine boys (and doubtless the girls also) who are in
school now, will in a few vears be voters. If thev are to do their full
duty they should know the relations between the public and the public
servants. Instead of demonstrating how many marbles can be bought
for 10 cents, the arithmetic lesson might just as effectively illustrate
now many laborers are equal to one mule. With a little thought most
all oT the problems that have to do with county government might
be translated into terms that the child could understand and appreciate,
and that would really make for better citizenship. The more ways that
the children in the schools can be brought into contact with the real
things of life around about them, and the more they can be made to
realize that they are individually, a responsible part of the community,
uie ueuer u is going to be lor mat community.
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It is a matter of regret that the school authorities apear to wish
to discourage the lecture course idea proposed for the Wailuku Public
School. It is to be hoped that this is due to some misconception of the
situation which may be quickly removed. It seems incomprehensible
that any step that might bring the coming citizens of these islands into
a better understanding of their responsibilities as such citizens, should
be neglected, let alone opposed. Nor is there anything in the scholarship
record of the school in question that might justify a refusal to permit
public spirited citizens to address the pupils once or twice a month.
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William Waldorf Astor, who has just succeeded in buying an
English title of baron with his American money, may deserve the con
tempt of his former fellow countrymen, but no one can say he isn't
loyal to the land of his adoption. That is a good deal more than can
be said of some of our hyphenated citizens.
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The Honolulu board of supervisors is said to be about $150,000
in the hole. It looks as though there are other counties than Maui
where some auditing is needed.
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