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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 1916.
THE M Y U I NEWS
Entered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
JANUARY 28. 19164
"Big business" on the mainland has been flirting with the Hawai
ian banana possibilities for a number of years. There is scarcely a
doubt that sooner or later the banana business of these islands will be
one of our biggest industries. The mainland wants our bananas, and we
can furnish them in almost any quantity. The fact that as a cargo
proposition for fast passenger steamers, nothing can beat the banana,
it would seem that the tourist business, such as the Great Northern
Pacific Steamship Company has inaugurated, should open big possibi
It It R R K
To care for 700 lepers the Territory spent in the last bi-cnnial
period, $477,130. This did not include ierhaps another $100,000 spent
in leprosy investigation work by the federal government in the islands.
During the same period the Territory spent $81,200 for treating 694
tuberculosis patients. Tuberculosis is a much greater menace to the
people of Hawaii than leprosy probably ever was, yet we are spending
but 1-6 as much in an effort to stamp it out.
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REFORMS AT THE REFORM SCHOOL.
Boys at the reform school at Waialce, Oahu, will hereafter be
called by their first names- instead of by number, as under the old
regime. Gymnasium apparatus is to be installed, and baseball and other
sports added to the curriculum. Shackles arc a thing of the past,
though straps mav be used in special cases of unruly boys. The Y. M.
C. A. will institute a number of boys' clubs in the institution. The boys
are to be better fed, the old cook having been fired, and a new one
employed. The new superintendent, Frederick Anderson, and the new
board which took charge of the school the first of the year, hopes to
make the school a real reformatory, and not simply a prison for bad
boys. This sounds something like.
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The destruction of cold storage eggs by the tens of thousands in
Honolulu by food inspectors, should be good news to Island poultry
men. With losses aggregating over 50 per cent, the profit on imported
eggs ought to be materially reduced.
If Maui wants to be up to date, she should not overlook the
possibilities of concrete as a road building material. It is claimed
that at least halt the total amount of jxrmanent roads built in the
United States during the past year were of this material. This is cer
tainly evidence sufficient that this type of construction has made trood.
The Territory has already a concrete road at llilo, and the county of
Oahu is now debating this same material for its around-the-island road.
While concrete may cost a little more than the ordinary macadam, its
permanency ana small cost tor upkeep, are said to make it far the
cheapest in the end. A wearing surface of alphalt, or asphaltum oil is
often, but not always given to concrete pavements.
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WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT.
The new range lights for Kihei landinir have been nlaced in nosition.
but according to reports from Honolulu, President Kennedy, of the
Inter-Island company has stated definitely that these are not sufficient,
and that the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa will not make use of the land
ing until an expensive occulating gas light is placed on the sand spit
which lies near the approach to the new wharf. Furthermore the steam
ship company will not commit itself to use the wharf, even if the gas
buoy is installed. The company claims that Kihei landing is a dangerous
one for vessels to approach.
Of course it is not reasonable to expect the company to place its
steamers in jeopardy. But there is a strong belief on Maui that Kihei
is no more dangerous to shipping than is McGregors, or most of the
other ports which the inter-island vessels make use of. There should
be some means of getting at the facts in this matter. The Maui public
has some right to consideration. The Inter-Island company is a common
carrier, and has a monopoly in handling island traffic. Under these
circumstances there should be some means of finding out definitely
whether or not the company's grounds are well taken, and if not of
compelling it to do its duty.
Maui is seriously handicapped on account of inadequate landings
on the lee side of the island. The bulk of passenger and mail service
is on that side. McGregors has been abandoned, and Lahaina is in
convicnt to the larger part of the island, and is too often unserviceable.
The matter of mails alone is a serious one, on account of the distance
to Lahaina. A great deal of money has been spent in building a wharf
at Kihei, which Maui people have decided a number of times is the
proper place for the landing. Perhaps they are all wrong. Perhaps
the public works department and the board of harbor commissioners
were wrong in believing that Kihei was the suitable place rather than
McGregors. But the Inter-Island opposed the abandonment of Mc
Gregors, and did what it could to oppose the Kihei project. And it
will not say that it will use the new landing even if it is made safe.
If looks as though its Maui's move. What are we going to do about it?
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Honolulu is bragging over 18 inches of rain in the past month.
Pooh ! when it can show a drizzle of about 30 inches in three days,
they w ill begin to approach Maui's class.
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HELPING THE FLOOD SUFFERERS.
hen a resident in a community loses his means of livelihood,
the loss does not fall on him alone; the enitre community loses in pro
portion. This fact is probably not fully recognized, though through
various forms of insurance, the necessity of pooling risks Imis long
been appreciated. Ordinarily in times of public disaster, the community
contents itself with relieving the immediate needs of the victims, more
or less adequately, in matter of food, clothing, and shelter, and lets
it go at that.
But there is a coming realization that something more than this
is due from the community in such cases. And it is this realization
that is just now puzzling the minds of the relief committee, which has
the handling of the Iao Valley flood sufferers. None of these several
unfortunates have lacked for enough food to eat, and all have been
clothed and have suitable temporary shelter. But the committee finds
that there are quite a number who have been absolutely despoiled of all
that they owned in the world, and have lost the means by which they
were able to earn a living. Some of these have lost the very soil on which
they depended. Others have lost all their livestock, the principal means
by which they lived. Some have had small business enterprises such
as stores, wijted out as though they never existed. How shall the com
munity .help these people? It is a big problem, and the committee
is giving it a lot of serious consideration. One way might be to guaran
tee their credit.
A man who lias been successful, even in the most modest way,
is more than likely to be successful again if he has a chance. If- he can
borrow the capital necessary to start over again he has that chance.
But without assets he cannot ordinarily borrow. Whether the actual
giving of money or property representing money, is advisable under any
circumstances, is seriously open to question. But the community cer
tainly should stand back of its icople to the extent of giving them all
a chance to regaining the place they previously held. It is safe to take
some chances in this direction.
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