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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.



Hawaii Commercial and Sugar, Hawaii’s largest sugar plantation holds a “celebration of mammoth proportions” in Puunene to commemorate high-tech machinery and sugar production in the Islands for employees, guests and the press. Around 20,000 people, “half of all the people on the Island of Maui,” notes Paradise of the Pacific, attended one of the three evening shows, consuming 40,000 hot dogs and 30,150 cups of ice cream. The field displays—sugar cane hauling units, a 32-foot hydraulic observation tower and a chemical-spray plane—took two years to arrange, with a 1,500-seat amphitheatre, constructed specially for the event.




Cher creates a snapshot frenzy among locals, tourists and the press as she sunbathes on Waikiki beach, vacationing from her busy schedule on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. Known for her head-turning get-ups, she tans in “barely-there beach attire,” observes HONOLULU Magazine. “When people start following you into the bathroom you know you have to get away,” Cher is quoted as saying.






HONOLULU sits down with then Gov. John Waihee as he heads into the last year of his second term. When asked what he wanted to accomplish before the year’s end, he says: “I would like to settle the Hawaiian issues. I would like to definitely have the convention center on the way … I would’ve liked to have seen us complete H-3, and I would like to see us continue the work on education.” The Hawaii Convention Center opened in 1998 and the H-3 freeway was completed at the end of 1997. As for education, 88 percent of Hawaii’s public schools are now struggling to meet annual yearly progress goals under the No Child Left Behind Act.



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Colin Nishida, Beloved Chef and Restaurateur, Leaves a Culinary Legacy

Colin Nishida

An entire community remembers the owner of Side Street Inn.


Closing of Popular Lanikai Pillbox Hike Delayed Until Further Notice

Lanikai Pillbox Hike

The state asks for public input as it works to repair the old concrete observation stations on the trail, commonly known as “pillboxes.”


First Look: Panda Dimsum in Kalihi

Panda Dim Sum

Frogs, hedgehogs and bees, oh my! This spot dishes up cute, Instagrammable dumplings.


Kaimukī Gets da Shop, a New Kind of Bookstore and Event Space

Da Shop

It takes guts to open a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the days of instant online gratification, but in da Shop, local publisher Bess Press has found a way to allow fickle/loyal readers to have their cake and eat it, too.


20 Great O‘ahu Hikes

Explore 20 great adventures that offer beautiful vistas, waterfalls and more.



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