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From Our Files: Moments from Hawai‘i’s Past–August Edition

A look back at Honolulu from August 1921 to 2006. Stories taken from the archives of Paradise of the Pacific and HONOLULU Magazine.


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OUR HISTORY

In 1888, King Kalākaua 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.

 

 

1946

 “The War is over!” A year after the end of WWII, Paradise of the Pacific takes stock of how the town has recovered from its wartime condition. “Honolulu … has moved into a strange calm. The streets of Honolulu can be walked again without fear for life or limb. Hard to believe, now, that war walked here. Hard to get used to the silence … a sort of listening silence.”
 

 “The War is over!” A year after the end of WWII, Paradise of the Pacific takes stock of how the town has recovered from its wartime condition. “Honolulu … has moved into a strange calm. The streets of Honolulu can be walked again without fear for life or limb. Hard to believe, now, that war walked here. Hard to get used to the silence … a sort of listening silence.”

 

1971

“Does God Care About the Gay?” HONOLULU raises the question with a story by Ron Hansen, a minister with a local Christian congregation catering to the gay community. “I saw this as an opportunity to make homosexuals in our community aware of a place where they could go if they needed counseling or wanted to worship,” Hansen writes. “Until Metropolitan Community Church came along, there was no outlet for gay people other than bars or private parties.” The church has been a real success: “Our attendance has increased, and areas have begun to open in the community to correct some of the misconceptions about homosexuality.”
 

“Does God Care About the Gay?” HONOLULU raises the question with a story by Ron Hansen, a minister with a local Christian congregation catering to the gay community. “I saw this as an opportunity to make homosexuals in our community aware of a place where they could go if they needed counseling or wanted to worship,” Hansen writes. “Until Metropolitan Community Church came along, there was no outlet for gay people other than bars or private parties.” The church has been a real success: “Our attendance has increased, and areas have begun to open in the community to correct some of the misconceptions about homosexuality.”

 

1986

Writer John Heckathorn takes stock of the state of the business lunch in Hawai‘i. “When Honolulu’s business leaders get together for lunch, the emphasis isn’t always on food and sometimes not even on business.” Frank Valenti of ad agency Milici Valenti Smith Park says lunch meetings aren’t what they used to be. “The biggest change is that I haven’t seen a three-martini lunch in years,” he says. “Now it’s a bottle of light beer or a glass of white wine and usually just one. Many, many times it’s nothing. People will say, ‘I’ve got a busy afternoon. Bring me an iced tea.’” Not only that, Valenti says, everyone’s health conscious. “You see lots of salads, lots of fish.”
 

Writer John Heckathorn takes stock of the state of the business lunch in Hawai‘i. “When Honolulu’s business leaders get together for lunch, the emphasis isn’t always on food and sometimes not even on business.” Frank Valenti of ad agency Milici Valenti Smith Park says lunch meetings aren’t what they used to be. “The biggest change is that I haven’t seen a three-martini lunch in years,” he says. “Now it’s a bottle of light beer or a glass of white wine and usually just one. Many, many times it’s nothing. People will say, ‘I’ve got a busy afternoon. Bring me an iced tea.’” Not only that, Valenti says, everyone’s health conscious. “You see lots of salads, lots of fish.” 

 

1921

The pineapple industry is exploding in Hawai‘i. Paradise of the Pacific notes that between 1917 and 1920, the value of pineapple exports has more than doubled from $8 million to almost $19 million ($228 million in 2016 dollars).

 

 2001

There’s a new luxury development on the Big Island with more than 700 lots, and locals aren’t happy. “Hōkūli‘a has become a one-word fuse that can set off gnarly arguments. Residents along the Kona Coast … visibly tense when asked about the Hōkūli‘a development,” Scott Whitney writes. “The global-economy billionaires are on their way to the Big Island, driving the first major transfiguration of its landscape away from agriculture.”

 

There’s a new luxury development on the Big Island with more than 700 lots, and locals aren’t happy. “Hōkūli‘a has become a one-word fuse that can set off gnarly arguments. Residents along the Kona Coast … visibly tense when asked about the Hōkūli‘a development,” Scott Whitney writes. “The global-economy billionaires are on their way to the Big Island, driving the first major transfiguration of its landscape away from agriculture.”

 

2006

The Wave Waikīkī closes: “Owner Jack Law was on stage looking wistful, clearly already missing what still danced before him for a few more minutes.”

 


 

1946

1971

1986

Learn more about the evolution of covers in HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific: 125 Years of Covers, available at shop.honolulumagazine.com.

 

Read More Stories by Michael Keany 

 

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