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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.



Pan American World Airways reboots its overnight passenger service from Hawai‘i to the Mainland after spending the war years “flying men, material and supplies to our armed forces in various parts of the Pacific,” notes Paradise of the Pacific, the predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine. The airline volunteered its clippers after the attack on Pearl Harbor and worked on behalf of the U.S. military and the Allied Nations. “The Pan American engineers also assisted in the development of more advanced and improved aircraft for use in military services should the war have lasted several more years.” During World War II, the airline flew approximately 48,000 passengers, but post-war was anticipating 96,000 people. That year, one-way tickets were $96 and roundtrip airfare cost $172.80, or $1,144 and $2,060 in today’s dollars.



Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt inspects a Hawaiian coconut hat during a brief stop in Honolulu on her way to Bangkok, Thailand. Accompanied by Dr. David Gurewitsch, her personal physician and traveling companion, Roosevelt, then 71 years old, attended a meeting of the World Federation of the United Nations Association, observes Paradise of the Pacific. The two also ordered orchids to be shipped to their homes in New York. Roosevelt was featured in the magazine’s monthly “People in Paradise” column, featuring famous people who visited the Islands. In December 1955, residents also welcomed the visitors of Norman Rockwell of The Saturday Evening Post, actress Susan Hayward and Yankees player Mickey Mantle. 



“Hotdog salesmen are due for busy sessions in Honolulu Stadium,” observes Paradise. The city geared up for the 30th annual Shriner’s Aloha Bowl game on Dec. 2, and, a month later, the 15th annual Hula Bowl game. The then-UH Rainbows took on San Jose State at the Aloha Bowl, with proceeds from the game going to the Honolulu Shriner’s Hospital. “Since the first game in 1930, more than half a million dollars ($3.6 million in today’s dollars) has poured into the hospital fund.” For the Hula Bowl, it was West versus East, with “48 of the biggest, roughest and best players around the country.” In  1975, Honolulu Stadium was tore down and the Warriors have since played at Aloha Stadium, where the annual Hawaii Bowl and Pro Bowl games are held.


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