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

A look back at Honolulu from January 1912 to 1997. Stories taken from the archives of Paradise of the Pacific and HONOLULU Magazine.


King KalākauaOUR 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.




The USS California pearl harbor

The Pearl Harbor channel opens to the first Navy warship, the USS California. Paradise says, “It was the hope of Lieutenant Curtis, even so far back as 1846, that Pearl Harbor would be converted into a naval base.” He says, “the amount of money necessary to be expended there will be but a feather in comparison with the almost incalculable amount of wealth that will open upon the completion of these objects.”



Pu‘u ‘Ōhi‘a was given the nickname Tantalus by a group of Punahou students who got lost on the trail.



Paradise debuts Hawaiiana, a monthly travel supplement designed to provide information to prospective visitors to the Islands. The first issue includes info on ‘Iolani Palace, local museums, what to wear and even local cocktail recipes. How do you make a Paradise of the Pacific? Combine ½ ounce of tamarind or lime juice, ¼ ounce Grenadine, ½ ounce pineapple juice and a jigger of ‘ōkolehao with soda.



Nancy Andrews

Nancy Andrews, 23, invents a new water sport with veteran water-ski expert Archie McPherson. She somehow manages to balance atop a kitchen stool that is perched upon a large disc as she is pulled by a rope across the water by McPherson’s speedboat.



Newcomers' Guide 1987

HONOLULU includes a Newcomers’ Guide, complete with tips for dealing with unwanted critters (one woman called the police after finding a gecko in her home—don’t do that). While there’s a lot of useful information, statistics and stories of immigrants from all over the world, there’s also a section on “Coping with Local Cuisine.” 


Some highlights:

“Try not to say, ‘Spam?! Who eats Spam?’ when local folks are in the room.”
“Warning: Teri sauce in Hawai‘i is sometimes a sugary sweet brown glop that owes more to the worst moments in American cuisine than it does to real teriyaki sauce.”



Alana Dung

Alana Dung is named Islander of the Year, along with the 30,000 people who attempted to save her life. When the 1-year-old girl was diagnosed with an “especially insidious type of leukemia,” the community turned up in droves to see if they were a match for a bone marrow transplant. Though no match was found in Hawai‘i (the Dung family finally found one in Taiwan), those 30,000 people were added to the national registry and, within six months, two other transplant patients found their matches within that group. “In trying to help one child, they saved the lives of others, and no doubt will save more,” HONOLULU writes.



1912 cover

1922 cover

1937 cover





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




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