From Our Files - March
HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific, chronicling the Islands since 1888.
March 1926: An aerial photograph of Waikiki Beach, as it appeared in 1925. Near the Moana Hotel, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel is under construction for an estimated $2 million (about $21 million in today's dollars). Double tracks of the Honolulu Rapid Transit line Kalakaua Avenue.
"Had the picture been taken in the afternoon, the water in front of the hotels would have been alive with surfboard rides, outrigger canoe parties, swimmers and bathers; and, between four and five o'clock, the avenue would have been a stream of hither-coming automobiles, bearing from the city the host who are beachward or homeward bound," writes Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine.
March 1946: With the end of World War II and a surge in demand for sugar, the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association tries to recruit more plantation workers through a series of ads, including this one, photo at right, in Paradise of the Pacific.
March 1981: HONOLULU Magazine interviews Bob Holden, chairman of the Hawai'i Visitors Bureau, about the previous year's dip in tourists to the Islands. The decrease was small–3.9 million visited in 1980, down 21,000 from 1979–but it was the first such decline since 1949 and a shock to an industry accustomed to rapid growth.
Holden attributed the decrease to national coverage of crimes against tourists, a lack of state funds for advertising and a downturn in the national economy. "1980 was a bad year overall. ...You can't expect to have banner years when the economy of the country is not paralleling that," Holden told the magazine. In 2005, Hawai'i saw a record-setting 7.39 million visitors, 650,506 more than the year prior.