Reading the Maui Time Weekly makes me wonder how the heck a bunch of haole transplants became responsible for churning out the paper. It actually says a lot about the state of Maui and how much like the mainland it is becoming.
In general, the articles are a waste of ink and paper. With so much happening in these times I feel it is an outrage that you believe Holoholo Girl and stories about Bacon (“Celebrating Good Eats,” March 23, 2006) are appropriate for any reader to digest. I also could care less that you think the theme to Ghostbusters is an anti-lynching song (Coconut Wireless, March 23, 2006).
Who hired you? Who gave you the authority to cast your weak spells on paper? What is alternative about it? The world has enough alcohol sucking minions. Take it to another level already. Ponder this life of illusions. Have you even driven the road to Hana?
-Angela King, via email
I’ve been a Maui resident for about 20 years now and, man, I just look forward every week to your paper. I can’t wait for Thursday. And I just have to say that I love your paper. You guys kick ass. I just love the articles. It’s just so creative and you are so hilarious. And you guys are the only ones reporting the news, as far as I’m concerned.
I love the Coconut Wireless, I love Cunning Lingle, I love it all… You guys put a lot of work into it and, you know, it’s just fantastic. News of the Weird is really fantastic. You guys got such a great paper. I just want to say mahalo…
But anyway, keep up the good work, guys. I love you guys. And don’t let anyone try to put you down. Because you know why? You guys really are hot.
-Lori, via voicemail
While I found the article on the effects of hikers in Kahakaloa fascinating (“Hiking to NARS,” Feb. 23, 2006), I was slightly irked by the quotation that opened the story. In fact, [Henry David] Thoreau never said that “in WILDERNESS is the preservation of the world,” as it is often misquoted. As accounted in his essay “Walking,” the actual quote is, “In Wildness is the preservation of the world.”
I find this an important distinction, as one of the greatest points of Thoreau’s arguments in Walden and other essays is that while wildness can certainly be found in wilderness, their relationship is not exclusive. He finds that people have within them a sense of wildness which is devalued by modern society and replaced with more complicated yet hollow values that ultimately lead us to unhappiness. If you’d like to, you can look up the actual passage on print.google.com.
-Gena Gammie, via email
In our March 16, 2006 issue, we forgot to credit our great cover photo to Victor Spinelli/Zuma Press. Sorry!