From Our Files
The August archives from our files of Paradise of the Pacific and HONOLULU Magazine.
In 1888, King Kalakaua issued a royal charter, commissioning a magazine. Then titled Paradise of the Pacific, this publication became HONOLULU Magazine, making it the oldest magazine west of the Mississippi.
“Never before in the history of Hawaii has a Governor been inducted into office with such a display of enthusiasm as that which marked the ceremony attending the taking of the oath as Governor of the Territory of Hawaii by Wallace R. Farrington on the morning of Tuesday, July the fifth,” writes Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine.
Farrington served as Territorial governor from 1921 to 1929, before which he had been editor of The Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, then mayor of Honolulu. Farrington High School is named after him.
Paradise takes stock of Hawaii one year after the end of World War II. “Honolulu, which used to echo to so much activity that one was occasionally forced to take his work, in order to get it done, to some comparatively quiet place (a boiler factory, for example) has moved into a strange calm. The streets of Honolulu can be walked again without fear for life and limb. A person can pass some trifle in a store—like wire screening or an electric light outlet—without going wild-eyed with joy over finding such a treasure. Hard to believe, now, that war walked here. Hard to get used to the silence … a sort of listening silence.”
Pictured here are “two shifts by Nalii made from Kona Kloth, a home spun fabric with body to hang well on lithe bodies,” writes HONOLULU Magazine, covering the season’s hot fashions. “The tri-color butterfly sleeved model from Carol & Mary, about $16; sleeveless empire shift from Sears, about $14.” In 2011 dollars, those prices would be about $110 and $96, respectively.