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HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific, chronicling the Islands since 1888.



JULY 1949:

Paradise of the Pacific reports on the advantages of buying a home in Windward Oahu, where several residential developments were under way. The magazine “set out to prove to a young couple who had come to Hawaii that they could buy land, build a home in a desirable and beautiful location on an income of $350 to $400 a month (roughly $3,000 in today’s dollars). The land was to be fee simple and the house to average $9,000 (about $69,000 today). Some of the houses and lots we were told could be bought for as low as $875 down and $65 a month.” In the photo above right, the couple takes a look at homes in Keolu Hills, one of the newest housing developments.

JULY 1954:

“Lucky” Luck (above left) becomes Hawaii’s highest paid entertainer, earning $30,000 a year (about $205,000 in today’s dollars) with KPOA Radio and KONA-TV. “In radio Lucky is perhaps best known for his incomparable mimicry, a talent that enables him to deliver commercials in the voices of Louis Armstrong, Arthur Godfrey, Clark Gable, Andy Devine or the various pidgin dialects of the Islands,” writes Paradise. “In television Lucky is known as the Jackie Gleason of Hawaii,’ a title well borne both by his buffoonery and his chubby appearance.”

JULY 1989:

HONOLULU Magazine interviews 19-year-old singing sensation Glenn Medeiros, photo at right. The Kauai native was back home in Lihue taking a brief break from his recording career. Medeiros talked about his success in Europe as well as his frustration at not breaking into the Mainland market. “Being in Hawaii makes it hard for someone to break,” Medeiros tells the magazine. “There’s a lot of people out there who can’t understand me when I speak. … I speak fluent pidgin. Even now I break up my sentences. I’m still learning how to speak English well. I know a lot of artists who have great voices in Hawaii and they go up on stage and the pidgin comes through even in their singing.”


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