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Jan. 1930:

Pälama Settlement is a "mill for the making of substantial American citizenry… a crucible of races" writes Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine. The Kalihi establishment offered community members-adults and children-affordable medical and dental services as well as recreational activities. "From every class and condition and walk of life, from every race and creed, they come to Pälama to play, to study, to sing, to dance, to chatter and gossip-even to fight. For there is an unwritten law that a scrap must never be taken off the grounds." If a fight breaks out, participants are ushered to Pälama's gymnasium and given boxing gloves. "No Pälama kid is told that fighting is wrong; but everyone of them knows-he learns the lesson early-that there is only one way to fight, and that is fair."

Jan. 1945:

"When you find someone who doesn't want a place in Hollywood, has no stooges, and is shooting only for laughs from fellows in uniform, you have found a chap named Harry Kahne," writes Paradise of the Pacific. "And you have found, too, a one-man morale builder who has made thousands of servicemen look absurd, and love it." Kahne, a Honolulu jeweler and mathematical genius, entertained troops with his slapstick routine and edible props such as eggs, pies, dill pickles and canned beans-most of which ended up on the soldiers in the audience. "The boys laugh until the tears roll down their cheeks and their sides ache. They adore the whole unbelievable bedlam … both those who watch it, and those who take it."

 

Jan. 1995:

HONOLULU Magazine names Dan Foley, attorney for three same-sex couples suing the state to get married, its Islander of the Year. The magazine asked Foley about the talk of passing a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Foley replied, "I don't think it will happen. One, there has never been a proposed constitutional amendment in the history of Hawai'i or the U.S. Congress to take away rights. Never once. Every constitutional amendment has been to give rights, to recognize another group, not to eliminate one. It's a very draconian thing to do. It would be very divisive. … I don't think Hawai'i, which is a community of religious and ethnic minorities, would take that course." In 1993, the state Supreme Court ruled it was discrimination to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But in 1998, Hawai'i voters overwhelming voted to amend the state constitution to define marriage as between man and woman, rendering the '93 court decision moot.

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