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Hawaii Five-O has World Premiere at the Royal Theatre

February 19, 1968

And so began a thousand screeching car chases through paradise. The action-packed police drama set on Oahu would quickly become one of the most popular TV shows ever, propelling both lead actor Jack Lord and the city of Honolulu to national stardom. A few Hawaii boosters complained about the seamy place Hawaii Five-O made the town out to be, but it didn’t stop just about everyone who lived in Honolulu at the time from appearing as an extra at some point during its 12-season run.



An architect's model (above) and the real thing (below, right).

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The State Capitol Replaces Iolani Palace as the Seat of State Government

June 12, 1967

All the forward-looking optimism and idealism of early statehood resulted in a modernist Capitol building that looks like no other in America. Look up “state capitols” in Wikipedia and you’ll see a procession of look-alike, domed variations of the same design. The newest state in the nation hired Belt, Lemmon & Lo and John Carl Warnecke & Associates in 1960, and they spent nine years and $24.6 million to design and build a structure more inspired by Hawaii’s natural world than by traditional Greek classicism—cones for volcanoes, pillars like palm trees, a reflecting pool for the ocean. For Renwick “Uncle Joe” Tassil, the creator of the Hawaii State Capitol Tour Program, the Capitol’s most unique aspect is its symbolism. “Capitols around the nation have domes, the ultimate symbol of power. But we have an open-sky rotunda,” says Tassil, “an open sky for an open government.”


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Mililani Rises from the Pineapple Fields

June 3, 1968

When the first increment of Mililani’s single-family homes went on sale in the summer of 1968, it changed life in Island suburbs forever. Mililani offered fee simple homes at a time when leasehold ruled. It introduced the concept of a master-planned community with restrictive covenants that limited what homeowners could do to modify their properties and requires homeowners to maintain their homes and yards, all enforced by the Mililani Town Association.
In its time, Mililani was one of the biggest signifiers that the Big Five were abandoning agriculture in Leeward and Central Oahu in favor of suburban development. Castle & Cooke created Mililani out of pineapple fields it had owned since 1948.

There’s a magazine connection here: David Eyre, who edited HONOLULU Magazine from 1966 to 1976, with his wife, Cynthia Eyre, also worked in public relations for the Dole Co., then owned by Castle & Cooke. It fell to him and company secretary Donald Rietow to cook up a name for the promising new development, a brainstorming session that ended with Mililani.