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“The Day the Music Died,” February 2011

Associate editor Tiffany Hill took a look at the reasons behind the dissolution of the 110-year-old Honolulu Symphony. Editor A. Kam Napier also referenced the feature in his Editor’s Page.

“Supply and demand” provides a simple, sometimes crude, basis for analysis, but in this case there simply hasn’t been a demand for what the symphony offered and continued to offer. Those who tried to make it work deserve credit, not fingerpointing. Two culprits that weren’t mentioned: changing lifestyles and the general public. If more of the general public (including me) had attended the concerts, would that not have made the difference both in terms of revenue and long-term support? And did people stop attending due to changing lifestyles? Maybe changing lifestyles have dumbed down our brains so that we’re satisfied with other (and cheaper) enjoyments?


Regarding A. Kam Napier’s description, “The contest of wills between the musicians’ union and the symphony board played out like a messy, protracted public divorce.” Anyone who really knows what happened would not place blame on the musicians or the union for the demise of the symphony. The musicians made a heroic effort and unprecedented sacrifices to save the Honolulu Symphony and I can tell you that many people on the U.S. mainland as well in Europe know this and are following the updates through the Internet and social networks.


Photo: Courtesy Bill Hiatt

A Historical Photo, February 2011

A reader submits a photo of a pre-Statehood New Year’s celebration in Honolulu.

This New Year’s fireworks picture was taken from Wilhelmina Rise overlooking Kaimuki, either in 1956 or 1957.  I believe the cars in the foreground are 1951 Dodge sedans. The picture was either taken by my brother Gerald Hiatt or his close friend Wayson Chong, who lived off of Wilhelmina Rise.


Illustration: Jing Jing Tsong

“The Military State,” February 2011

Contributing editor Victoria Wiseman reflected on the experience of a military family in Hawaii.

I’m not of the mind to ask Victoria Wiseman the branch of service she and her husband are in, because it doesn’t really matter. Military is military and separation is separation. To you, Victoria, and your husband, semper fi, and thank you for your service. Enjoy your time in Paradise.




Ahana koko lele

In the March 2011 Best of Honolulu feature, on page 106, we labeled the three "best medical throwback" winners as readers' picks, when in fact they were editorial picks.


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