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2 THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, JULY 28, 1916.
THE MAUI NEWS .,pZZZ, aLi T
Entered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Friday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
Proprietors and Publishers
Subscription Rates, $2.50 ier Year in Advance.
KAHULUI RAILROAD CO'S
WILL i. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
: JULY 28, 1916.
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THE DISCOVERY OP HAWAII.
Hawaii's destiny as the greatest of the world's playgrounds is
steadily becoming more manifest . The manager of one of the biggest
hotels on the coast has just departed after a eck spent m looking into
the matter of establishing a big branch hotel in Honolulu or a chain of
hotels on the several islands. W hat his report will be is not known.
W hat his opinion is of Hawaii as a future tourist center he was very
c.,ii,,.T Mr W im d was sent to the Islands bv the owners of
the St. Francis hotel, and his trip was solely a business one. He is
much pleased with Hawaii, and if in his judgement the time has arrived
when a great resort hotel in Honolulu would be profitable, there is no
question that it will be built. If he Relieves the time has not arrived, it
simply means deferment of the plans. Nor is Oahu alone to figure in
the future development. In fact the relative importancce of the capital
city is certain to become less as time passes.
If he St. Francis' plans are carried out, it is likely that thVy will in-
lude a big hotel at the crater of Kilauea, another at Hilo, and ossibly
ine or more affiliated hostelries on Maui. The aim will He to direct the
tourists to the Islands and then cater to their wants throughout the time
4hey are here. i
If anyone is inclined to think that such planning is visionary and
therefore impractical, he should pause to glance over the record of
these Islands during the past 10 or 12 years. Ten years ago the Young
1 IotfL-1 in Honolulu was declared to be a white elephant, and to have been
built a quarter of a century ahead of its time. But this was not said 5
years ago. 1 en years ago or less it was freely declared that the pas
senger traffic across the 1'acific must always be secondary and dependent
upon the freight business . Now we are getting used to the idea of a
palatial vessel like the Gieat Northern, of comparatively small freight
carrying capacity, going into the field on avowedly a passenger basis ;
nor does the suggestion that the sister ship, the Northern Pacific, may
soon lie put on the run also, provoke any ridicule.
There is nothing remarkable in all this. In fact with a climate
such as we have that cannot be matched either winter or summer by
any other spot on earth, combined with our wealth of natural attractions
both by land and sea, it could scarcely be otherwise. The only danger
is that our own people w ill not realize the full measutle of their opportun
ities but will leave it for others to come in and grasp the prize.
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LET THE CONVICT WORK
The Hawaii Herald objects to allowing convicts to work on the
roads in fact objects to their doing much of anything that could be
done by a man not in stripes. The argument is that they deprive
some free man from working. The Herald's reasoning is as falacious
as it is out of date. Because a man has committed a crime is no reason
why he should be denied the right to work nay more, to become a
needless burden upon those who do work, for he must be fed whether
he works or not. Particularly mistaken is the argument that prisoners
on road work take employment from men who need the money to sup
port themselves and families. This could only be true in case the avail
able supply of road making were limited, which isn't likely to be so in
Hawaii county for some time. The truth of the matter is that, the
mileage of road built by the convicts should be just that much net gain
sinck. the prisoners are not paid for their work. There is certainly no
reason for not keeping the free laborers busy to the full extent of the
county's finances. Besides, road work for convicts, under proper man
agement, has been proven to be particularly good as a reform treatment.
This isn't saying, however, that the Hawaii convicts are properly hand"
led. In fact there is very strong suspicion that they are not; and to
this extent we are in full accord with the Herald.
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PUBLIC HONOR AND THE JAPANESE
There should be' no beating about the bush or other form of side
stepping on the part of the territorial administration with reference to
Hawaiian born Japanese and the national guard. It is not the duty of
the Governor or the Adjutant General to question in this case. On the
contrary, it is their part to accept any proffer on the iart of these young
citizens at its face value. In fact they should expect citizens of what
ever race to come forward to do their parts as citizens. It is to tils
credit of the young American-Japanese of the Islands that they are tak
ing seriously their obligations to tine country of their birth, and it is also
creditable that the Japanese educators, and press are urging them to this
course. It will certainly be to the shame and humiliation of the admin
istration if it presumes rb question these motives, or equivocates in any
way concerning them.
The traveling public will hail with gratitude the abolishing of the
aggravating and tarcial quarantine inspection service on American ves
sels between the Islands and the mainland. The protest of the lorri
torial board of health against this action on the part of the federal bu
reau, is probably to be (L-xpected, and it is possible that the local body will
establish its own service. But in the interests of real protection ,and of
the comfort of tourists and other travelers it is to be hoped that a dm
erent kind of a service will be established . And the only service that
vill be worth a hill of beans wull be one in which the insicctor will at
the same time be the ships physician.
The members of tine territorial board of agriculture and forestry are
not fixing to have their names emblazoned upon the 'tablets of love and
memory ' of a grateful posterity by their plan to subdivide iantalus in
to building lots for thy? elite of Honolulu. The shortsightedness of
such a policy is well illustrated today at Waikiki beach. If Honolulu is
going to be the great tourist center that sH'e aspires to be she cannot too
jealously guard such public assets as still remain .
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The chain hotels referred to by a Ililo patfer are not the ones under
the management of High Sheriff Jarrett; and though Jarrelt's hostelries
are territorial institutions, they have nothing in common with those of
the Territorial Hotel Company.
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Boycotting and blacklisting American firms by the Entente Allies
may possibly start another war in which the United States will not be a
neutral. There will be no blood shed in this struggle, however, though
somebody is likely to get licked pretty badly just the same.
A Lare Stock
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