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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.





“The minute you climb the gangplank and stretch out in a deck chair facing seaward, you begin to feel a sense of detachment from all the petty problems that have been plaguing you of late,” writes Paradise of the Pacific. That’s how guests felt aboard one of Matson’s 12 interisland passenger ships. Locals and tourists alike would depart from Honolulu Harbor’s Pier 32 every four days to visit the Big Island and Maui or Kauai and Maui, with round-trip fares starting at $72.60 ($582 in 2009 dollars). The ship’s 11 passengers spent their three nights in one of its four cabins and two days exploring the Islands.





“Among the 50 states, Hawaii [fashion] stands unique,” writes HONOLULU. “You do not read about Connecticut fashion or Kansas clothes.” Designers in the fall of 1979 looked to other cultures for inspiration—Korean pahgia (pantaloons) and chogoris (jacket), Japanese kimono, Hawaiian quilts and Filipino embroidered silk. Designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg worked with the textiles in creating new designs. The caption to this photo reads: “Marco Polo: International Traveler outfit. The wide baggy pants are modeled after the Korean pahgi, while the multi-colored sleeve trim suggests the style of the chogori.” 






HONOLULU Magazine puts head UH football coach Bob Wagner on the hot seat, first asking if 1989 will finally be the year that the Rainbows beat BYU. “We’d like to beat everybody on our schedule,” Wagner tells the magazine. “Being here as long as I have, I have as much interest in beating BYU as anyone.” Wagner also wanted to lead the Rainbows to the Aloha Bowl—“since the University of Hawaii has never been in a major bowl, we’d just like to get in a bowl game,” he says. Wagner got both his wishes that year: the Rainbows crushed BYU 56-14 and played against Michigan State—losing 13-30—in the Aloha Bowl.





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