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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.



“One of the most useful accomplishments of the modern bank is that of imparting instruction to women in the so-called mysteries of banking,” observes Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine. “We have probably all heard the story of the charming lady who, when notified that her account was overdrawn by a considerable sum, wrote a letter of profuse apology and accompanied it by a check drawn upon the erring account, evidently with the idea that she was putting the matter straight. It was left to the enterprising house of Bishop & Co. to inaugurate a real service to the women of this community in the shape of a series of common sense lectures.”



“With pageantry on a scale greater than any that has marked Hawaii’s colorful celebrations for at least 50 years, all honor will be paid on June 11 by the people of Hawaii to the memory of Hawaii’s greatest monarch, Kamehameha I, and Kalakaua, the last king to grace these islands’ throne,” writes Paradise of the Pacific. “For the first time since the Islands ceased to be under monarchial rule, a full complement of pau riders will travel the road to Iolani Palace, [l]ed by Princess Kawananakoa’s beautiful daughter, Princess Liliuokalani, and her retainers.”

The magazine detailed islandwide observances planned for the day—a grand ball at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, a Honolulu Harbor regatta, a Night Water Carnival on the Ala Wai Canal and more—and included a photo of “Loki, the Rose of Kona, selected by the Jubilee Commission after a careful search for a pure Hawaiian type of the highest quality,” shown here.




“We just got email,” wrote a HONOLULU columnist. “Some of you, I know, have had it for years. For the rest of you, it’s no doubt in your future. … [T]he email system was installed, and explained with company-wide memos. The result—people are now calling each other demanding to know why their email is being ignored. … Granted, email has made it easier to send messages, easier than walking downstairs, or upstairs, or leaving a note in someone’s box. So have telephones, answering machines, pagers and cell phones and all the other inventions that promise to solve our communication problems. But all these inventions miss the point, because the problem with communication isn’t that it’s hard to send messages. It’s that no one ever listens.”


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