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Great Depression

During one of the worst years of the Great Depression, Paradise of the Pacific, HONOLULU Magazine’s predecessor, publishes a photo of hungry locals fishing for a meal of halulu off a dock near Aloha Tower. The caption reads, “In times of Depression– go fishing.”

Aloha Week

“Dedicated to the revival and preservation of Hawaiian customs, traditions and lore, Hawaii’s first annual Aloha Week took place this year from October 26 through November 2.” People of all ages took part in weeklong festivities, which included a Makahiki pageant, floral and lantern parades, choral singing, hula and many other events. Aloha Week lives on throughout the Islands today as the Aloha Festivals.

Aloha Week

In “one of the greatest steps forward in the history of communications,” the world’s longest and deepest telephone cable goes into operation. The completion of the transpacific telephone submarine cable allowed calls between Hawaii and the Mainland to “have a natural quality,” and “to go through quickly.” The cable (held in pieces to the left) comes ashore from California at Hanauma Bay (below), where a 2-acre swimming area was created as a result of the dredging of the channel’s coral.

Eighty-year-old Vladimir Ossipoff had practiced his profession of architecture in Hawaii for more than half a century. HONOLULU Magazine asked the then dean of residential architects (“I’m not a dean, I’m just one of the oldest guys around,” he says) to list five local buildings he would hate to see demolished. The C. Brewer Building, Hawaii Theatre, Our Lady of Peace Cathedral, the Royal Brewery and Japanese religious temples made his list.

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.

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