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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.


Residents welcome the production of Big Jim McClain, a film that stars John Wayne as an investigator trying to break up a Communist ring in Hawaii. “The Islands have been a favorite background for grass skirt period sagas of South Seas romance,” writes Paradise of the Pacific, but “no picture company ever before had chosen to film a complete modern story in their community.” The Warner Bros. production showcases the USS Arizona Memorial, downtown business buildings and Waikiki hotels, and even casts Honolulu police chief Dan Liu and sheriff Duke Kahanamoku as themselves.


“Two turbulent years have passed and 500,000 vaccinations have been given in Hawaii since the Salk polio vaccine was pronounced both effective and safe,” health official Josephine Backus reports in Paradise of the Pacific. That year, the territory implemented a school vaccination program, holding two sessions in each school staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses. The efforts have paid off, Backus notes. “In 1955, 189 cases of polio had been reported in the territory. … During the first six months of this year, only one case was reported, and there have been no deaths.”


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Here’s How Hawai‘i Responded on Social Media to the False Ballistic Missile Alert

Ward Warehouse

A false alarm caused by human error sent the entire state of Hawai‘i into panic mode.


Twitter is Going Nuts Over Barack Obama’s Backward Hat and Rubbah Slippahs


Vacation mode: Activate.


6 Things You Need to Know About Rat Lungworm Disease Before You Eat a Salad

Rat lungworm disease

Everyone’s talking about the recent disease outbreak affecting the Islands. Find out what it is, where it comes from and how you can prevent it.


Here’s How to Survive a Possible North Korea Nuclear Strike in Hawai‘i

North Korea

What you need to do according to the Hawai‘i State Department of Defense.


20 Great O‘ahu Hikes

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



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