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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1916,
THE MAUI NEVAS
Entered at the Tost Offlce at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second class matter.
A Refublican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Friday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
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KAHULUI RAILROAD CO'S
WILL J. COOPER,
. j EDITOR AND MANAGER
' f 7 ! KllRU ARY 4. 1916.
THE DEST1XV OF HAWAII.
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When the late Alexander Young huilt the big hotel in Honolulu
which hears his name, there were plenty of people who shook their
heads, and predicted that the structure would never return adequate
interest on the money invested. Today that hotel and( a dozen others
of smaller size are turning away would he guests. Ten years ago a
lew of the more far-sighted and energetic business men of Honolulu
succeeded in persuading the Honolulu chamber of commerce and the
merchants' association to start the promotion committee. That, that un
dertaking lived during the first several years, was almost solelv due to
the personal energy and enthusiasm of scarce a dozen men. The rest
of the business community was for most part openly skeptical, though
good-naturedly tolerant of what it considered a visionary and prolitless
undertaking. This week the promotion committee is appealing to resi
dents of Honolulu to open their homes to give shelter to visitors to the
islands, w 1 cannot be accommodated in the hotels and boarding houses
of the c . And a thousand more tourists are expected to arrive dur
ing the i . t three weeks.
Of these thosuands of tourists, a few are finding their way to Maui.
Yet there are plenty of our own people who see nothing significant in
the fact who cannot read the signs. And yet if the history of Hono
lulu for the past decade tells anything at all; if the enthusiasm of the
few visitors for our climate, our scenic beauties, our game fishing,
has any meaning, it means that Maui, in common with all Hawaii, has
a destiny that she cannot escape from. And that destiny is to become
the playground of 'the leisure class of the United States. Whether we
like the idea or not. it is coming. We may retard it, possibly, but we
cannot turn it back.
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THE MAUI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
In electing R. A. Wadsworth. president, the Maui chamber of com
merce probably acted in the best interests of the organization and of the
community. It certainly acted in corformity with the wishes of the
retiring president, F. F. Baldwin, who has held the office for several
terms. Mr. Wadsworth is one of the most progressive and energetic
citizens of the county. He is public spirited and thoroughly alive to
the needs of the community, and with the solid backing which he de
serves and will doubtless receive, the future of the chamber seems very
bright. To Mr. Baldwin belongs a large measure of the credit for the
organization and upbuilding of the organization. His enthusiasm for
the work, and His belief in it, and his willingness to give in unstinted
measure his time and thought to the chamber's affairs, have given to
Maui an organization that has been of inestimable benefit to the Island.
In asking that he be not re-elected Mr. Baldwin was clearly not seeking
to shirk the responsibility, but was acting for what he believed to be
the best interests of the body. The Maui Chamber of Commerce is
today a live organization, and one of which Maui should be proud.
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It is pleasant to realize that friendly sympathy is not lacking in
time of adversity. Immediately following the big storm of three weeks
ago which took such heavy toll in lives and property on this island- the
Honolulu chamber of commerce and the Ililo Board of trade sent let
ters of condolence to President Frank Baldwin, of the Maui chamlTer,
together with offers of material assistance. Although Maui did not
need to ask for outside assistance, the spirit of the rest of the territory
as indicated by these communications, is sincerely appreciated.
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Governor Finkham has seen fit to throw cold water on the plan
to build a road up Haleakala. It might also be recalled that the Gov
ernor also deemed that the people of Maui and the legislature were not
competent to judge the necessity of a better wharf at Eahaina- for the
want of which two lives were sacrificed a short time later. Also that
he knew better than the loan fund commission what roads should be
built in east Maui, with the result that $85,000 or more is now tied up in
a piece of road that is of little use to anyone.
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The new Kihei wharf wasn't damaged by the storm, and the newly
installed range lights are said to be shining brightly, but still the Inter
Island company refuses to send its steamers there. Isn't it about time
to find out just why?
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A Ililo paper, in describing the storm damage on Maui, says that
the new concrete rest house on Haleakala was demolished. This will
certainly be news to Maui people.
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It will require 50 policemen to properly chaperone the carniva
ball of all nations, says the committee. Some society function, eh, what
Maui's Tax Rate Is Reduced This Year
Oahu and'Kauai Get Substantial Boosts Due to Need
For More Money For Schools. Maui
Had School Surplus.
The tax rates for the several counties of the Territory have been figured
out and were announced yesterday by the territorial treasurer and those ot
both Oahu and Kauai have received substantial boosts, while good reductions
were made in the rates of Maui and Hawaii. This year the rates are: For
Oahu, 1.273; for Maui, 1.332; for Hawaii, 1.42 and for Kauai, 1.415. Tor 1915
the rates were: Oahu, 1.265; Maui, 1.44; Hawaii, 1.5325, and Kauai, 1.385.
The schools are responsible in the main for the increased rates in Gahu
and Kauai, while the need of less money for education in Hawaii and Maui
id the reason for the reduction of their rates.
The figures on which Maui's rate is based are shown in the following
Current Expenses one-half of one Der cent on $29,234,390 $ 146,171.95
Iermanent Improvements one-sixth of one per cent....
interest and Sinking Fund.
Issue Interest Sinking Fund
October, 1909 ..
August, 1911 ..
New buildings, repairs and maintenance, Jani
tors' service and supplies, furniture and fix
tures, new grounds, Act 132, Laws of 1915....
Less unexpended balance
School Teachers' Salaries
Proportion General School Fund
Assessing and Collecting Taxes
Tax Books afcd Blanks
An Assorted Cargo
The First of a Lar&e Fleet
for This Year
Telephone No. 1062 Kahului, Maui, T. H.
Basis figures for 1916 rate $ 389,463.94 I--
Basls figures for 1915 rate 361,167X6