From Our Files
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.
On March 31, Aloha Airlines shut down its passenger service after more than 60 years of flying Hawaii residents to the Neighbor Islands and, later, to the Mainland. The historic closure left 1,900 workers without jobs. Many of its longtime customers also had a hard time saying goodbye to Aloha, which at closing was flying 700 interisland flights each week.
There was some good news last month, when it was announced that the airline’s cargo unit would be saved. The operation, which transports 85 percent of all goods that travel from Oahu to the Neighbor Islands, will continue under new owner Saltchuk Resources, which owns Young Brothers/Hawaiian Tug & Barge.
Here’s a look back at Aloha Airlines’ early years, as documented in Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine: