Paradise of the Pacific reports on the festive Dec. 12 opening of the Kalanianaole Highway, when a cavalcade of 14 automobiles drove from Honolulu's Tourist Bureau headquarters to the end of the new road. "To open the highway, a huge flower lei more than 100 feet long that stretched across the road was broken," writes Paradise. "The party stopped at several points along the highway to inspect the place marks that have been erected by the ... bureau to point out various spots of historic, legendary or scenic interest," including the Halona Blow Hole, right.
"The pidgin that exists in Hawaii today brings in the Japanese and Hawaiian language as well as the Chinese, and a simplified or corrupt version of English," notes Paradise of the Pacific. To help local children improve their speech, the University of Hawaii held an intensive summer session workshop for students of all ages, from preschool to university level. "With good command of speech, the Island inflection becomes the frosting, just as the accent of the French ... scholar expressing himself in English is unimportant, if he is able to communicate his ideas freely to those with whom he converses."
It takes guts to open a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the days of instant online gratification, but in da Shop, local publisher Bess Press has found a way to allow fickle/loyal readers to have their cake and eat it, too.