A Decade on Maui
On MNKO’s 10th anniversary, we look back at how our island has changed.
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We still miss them.
Among the many well-loved Mauians who have passed on in the last 10 years:
Tom Morrow (1996), County Council member killed in a plane crash on Moloka‘i along with several Democratic Party workers.
Soichi Sakamoto (1997) created the Three Year Swim Club that transformed ragtag plantation youngsters into national champions—and would have gotten them to the Olympics, if World War II hadn’t intervened.
Douglas Sodetani (1997), former Maui Realty Company president and a highly involved community leader.
Earl I. Tanaka (1997), a World War II veteran who worked at The Maui News for more than 40 years before retiring as managing editor.
Roy Yonahara (1997) spearheaded the Okinawan Cultural Center in Paukukalo, was a Baldwin High teacher for many years and served on the founding board of the MACC.
Kawika Ka‘alakea (1998), Hawaiian kahu (pastor) and herbal medicine practitioner.
Hannibal Tavares (1998), community patriarch and the longest-serving mayor of Maui, holding the post from 1979 to 1991.
David Warren (1998), Maui artist and actor.
Mamoru Yamasaki (1999), a “straight arrow” state representative who worked hard for the needs of families and children.
Bill Azeka (2000) unofficial “mayor” of Kihei, whose little grocery anchored a community and provided help when times were hard.
Velma Santos (2000), teacher, state representative, county director of human concerns, and longtime County Council member.
Shigeto “Shigesh” Wakida (2001) taught tennis to thousands of West Side kids over 40 years, mainly as a volunteer instructor at tennis courts in Lahaina now named for him.
Congresswoman Patsy Mink (2002) authored the Title IX legislation that removed barriers for women and girls in school athletics, and changed the paradigm of what women could do.
Patrick Kawano (2002) of Moloka‘i served on the council for 15 1/2 years and was chairman for three terms.
Manduke Baldwin (2002), Haleakala Ranch president, cowboy, and sportsman, and his wife, equestrian Haku Baldwin (2003), founder of the Maui Animal Aloha Center.
Ginny (2002) and Arthur McCoy (2006), whose good deeds in support of the arts and the community were legion.
Fusayo Koike (2003), radio voice of Maui's Japanese community, and a de facto ambassador.
Jennie Napua Hanaiali‘i Woodd (2003), grandmother of Eric and Amy Gilliom and once a famous hula dancer and Hawaiian performer on the Mainland.
Goro Hokama (2004) of Lana‘i served on the Maui County Council for 41 years, 16 of those years as Council chairman.
Mike Lyons (2004), banker and community leader, practically defined philanthropy on Maui; an I Love Maui award from the Maui Arts & Cultural Center pays tribute to him.
Tadashi Sato (2005) was arguably the most significant Hawai‘i artist of his generation to achieve national acclaim.
Solomon K. Ho‘opi‘i (2006), who with his brother, Richard, won a 1997 Na Hoku Hanohano award for their Hawaiian falsetto singing as the Ho‘opi‘i Brothers.
Remember when . . . ?
Going for a shave ice at Suda Store meant bouncing along a rutted road through parched, kiawe-dotted hillsides (but you could see the beach all the way along South Kihei Road?) . . . sipping a Paradise Fruit smoothie at the beach, watching the T-Shirt Factory’s plane trail its banner . . . camping just about anywhere without a permit? Cruising over the Pali to Lahaina before they chicken-wired the cliffs . . . sugar cane in West Maui . . . the biplane on the ceiling of the Blue Max—where you could count on great rock-n-roll . . . riding the first escalator on West Maui to the third floor of The Wharf for coffee and a stroll through the book stacks at The Upstart Crow . . . listening to live jazz at Blackie’s on Sunday, or packing the Royal Lahaina Tennis Garden for a concert . . . Captain Kenny pushing his mobile art gallery/shopping cart down Front Street? Watching a crater sunrise almost all alone . . . horses hitched outside a Makawao tack shop . . . not once getting stuck behind a bicycle tour on Baldwin Avenue? Going to the County Fair at the Old Fair Grounds in Kahului (and seeing Liz Janes as “dressy Tessie Tura” (or was it “Miss Mazeppa”?) in Maui Community Theater’s production of Gypsy in the old Territorial Building) . . . Charthouse mud pie . . . free parking at Kahului Airport, where a banyan tree grew in the middle of the terminal, and you could ride a glass elevator one flight up to the airport lounge . . . watching the uncles and tutus play checkers under the monkey pod trees at Kahului Shopping Center . . . the soda fountain at Toda Drugs . . . when the only movie theater screened Home Alone for a month . . . MNKO’s publisher was a waitress at Apple Annie’s? Walking past the Kress Store in Wailuku and smelling the colored popcorn popping . . . getting exactly the cut you wanted from the butcher counter at Mike’s Market . . . craning your neck to look at Maui’s first skyscraper, the Wailuku Hotel (where Maui Medical Group now resides) . . . knowing it was Friday because all the office ladies were wearing mu‘u mu‘u . . . reading The Maui Sun . . . redeeming your Gold Bond Stamps . . . peeking into Hamburger Mary’s? Driving your truck onto Kanaha Beach to collect seaweed for the garden . . . seeing smoke and steam rise from Pa‘ia Sugar Mill (and the yellow crop-duster plane executing aerial acrobatics) . . . getting to Hana took forever because of potholes and unpaved road, not caravans of cars . . . and Linda Lingle was a reporter for The Molokai Free Press?