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From Our Files - September

HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific, chronicling the Islands since 1888.


Sept. 1946: Hawaiian Tuna Packers, operator of the only fish cannery in the Territory, is slowly returning to its prewar production, with seven out of 27 aku and ‘ahi boats back in operation, reports Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine. “The method of fishing by the Japanese and Hawaiian fishermen ... is without exception, by pole and line with live bait used by the chumming surface schools of tuna,” Paradise writes, photo above. “The tuna boats with a good day usually bring in from 5,000 to 15,000 pounds each day. ... The cannery can presently handle between 20,000 and 50,000 pounds per day, ... equivalent to about 400 to 800 cases of canned tuna.” When the cannery closed in the mid-1980s, Hawai‘i’s commercial fishermen focused on meeting local and out-of-state demands for fresh fish. In 2004, more than 12 million pounds of tuna were caught in Island waters, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Sept. 1966: Right, two election ads that appeared in the September 1966 issue of HONOLULU Magazine. John A. Burns was re-elected as governor the following month. Although Burns endorsed former state Sen. Kenneth Brown for lieutenant governor, it was congressman Tom Gill—whom Burns did not care for—who became his running mate. Brown went on to serve as chairman of Mauna Lani Resort Inc. and Queen’s Health Systems.

Sept. 1971: “Remember how devastating it was when you had to wear mother’s loving hands-at-home number to the school dance ... and all the other kids had store bought clothes? Well, today, ‘homemade’ is not only acceptable, it’s the ‘with-it’ thing in many circles,” writes HONOLULU Magazine in a piece exploring the booming business of sewing, marked by high enrollment in high school and adult sewing classes as well as increased sales in fabrics, patterns and accessories. “’Styles,’” says Ellen Thorup Offutt, stylist for Hawaiian Textiles, ‘are more sophisticated ... more daring,’” including the outfit shown in the photo at left, which graced the September 1971 cover.
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