THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERPLANETARY AFFAIRS WAS FOUNDED IN 1972 ON THE ISLAND OF MAUI, STATE OF HAWAII, WITH THE GOALS OF INVESTIGATING HAWAII’S UFO REPORTS, LANDINGS, CONTACTS, ABDUCTIONS AND BASES; AS WELL AS ATTEMPTING TO CONTACT FRIENDLY, HELPFUL CREWS OR PILOTS OF UFOs IF POSSIBLE?
This mission was the result of many spectacular UFO sightings, a few reported landings, and some occupants on Maui between 1970 and mid-1972. The department was founded in Lahaina, the major tourism city then, and eventually an office was rented downtown on the major road Front Street. Many people had reported UFOs hovering and passing that zone. Several times UFOs were reported overhead near our office.
The Founder was Steve O. Mar, who became involved as a columnist and reporter for one of Maui’s two major newspapers. That media was the MAUI SUN, which as then The Lahaina Sun. Steve reported on music, surfing, the New Age Movement, the counter-culture, interesting artists and characters, and amazing events. He was rated the most popular reporter on that newspaper, when it was overwhelmed by UFO reports! UFOs even cruised over the newspaper office, and their editor Russ Williams claimed he saw some himself. For several months publisher Don Graydon remained skeptical, until he published his editorial that he saw one himself from his home. The newspaper began printing UFO photos and stories on their front page.
The other major Maui newspaper, the MAUI NEWS, meanwhile avoided the UFO topic with its conservative local reputation. We do not recall ever seeing a UFO article in that newspaper until 1979, when they ran a front page story and drawing of a large, green UFO hovering over Maui. This craft was in the air so long that too many people, including police, saw it to deny. It also fitted the description of NO “known” aircraft.Read More