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O‘ahu in 1967: “The Flop That Flipped”

Since the Polynesian Cultural Center opened in 1963, some 38 million people have visited. But early on, many considered the concept outlandish, as HONOLULU Magazine reminded them a few years later.
2019.10.24 11:50 AM

Swing Dancing Returns to O‘ahu in the Nineties and More From Hawai‘i’s History

A look back at Honolulu from 1948 to 2003. Stories taken from the archives of the Paradise of the Pacific and HONOLULU Magazine.
2019.10.17 07:00 AM

Extracts From an Interview With Tom Selleck, The O.G. Thomas Magnum

When the original “Magnum, P.I.,” went off the air in 1988, it was one of TV’s highest-rated shows. Twenty years later the reboot debuted. Its new season premiered Friday, Sept. 27.
2019.10.10 12:02 PM

O‘ahu in 1957: The Day the Pali Highway Opened

One day in May, Hawai‘i drivers started going through the Ko‘olau mountain range to Kailua, instead of over it.
2019.08.29 10:00 AM

Stories From When the Vanderbilts, George F. Baker and Henry Robinson Luce Visited Hawai‘i

Here we see how the other half lived on vacation—sometimes breaking the law in style—and even, in one instance, dying.
2019.08.15 05:18 PM

O‘ahu in 1963: Housing the Royal Household Guards at the Halekoa

A modern state building was in the works. But a quiet coral-block barracks stood in its way.
2019.07.23 04:00 PM

Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong Declared Rocks and Dust at U.S. Customs After Walking on the Moon

On July 24, 1969, the command module Columbia landed in waters 812 miles southwest of Hawai‘i.
2019.07.11 02:39 PM

O‘ahu in 2010: The Neon Signs of Honoulu

With only a few “benders” on the island, classic neon signs faced a dim future in 2010.
2019.06.20 06:52 PM

O‘ahu in 1934: Honolulu’s Vanishing Street Car Tracks

The advent of Honolulu’s new, technologically advanced fleet of Twin Coach buses signaled a new era in the city’s rapid transit system.
2019.06.13 12:12 PM

O‘ahu in 1978: Housing Prices on the Rise in Hawai‘i

In the late 1970s, Hawai‘i’s housing prices hit an all-time high. Fast forward four decades, and we’re still singing the same tune.
2019.06.06 12:19 PM

O‘ahu in 1957: A Hotel and Restaurant School Opens in Waikīkī

In the 1950s Hawai‘i’s hotel industry was booming but the state needed more cooks in the kitchens.
2019.05.23 03:45 PM

O‘ahu in 1937: Hawai‘i’s Barefoot Football Season Opener Draws 15,000

This uniquely Hawai‘i adaptation of America’s rising pastime was played without pads and substituted slick ballhandling, shifty moves and multitalented stars in rolled-up dungarees.
2019.01.31 06:15 PM