Edit ModuleShow Tags

From Our Files


Our History

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.


“WHAM! BANG! And two reels started humming and did they go! After three hours, lo and behold, a new world’s record for a long-curved yellowfin tuna,” reports Paradise. On July 31st, James W. Harvey, president of Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club, caught an enormous, 265-pound tuna with fellow fishermen Paul Caplener and John B. Ponte. They reeled in four more tuna, scoring a total weight of 827 pounds. “Gentlemen, you have placed the fame of Hawaii definitely on the map as the home of “Big Ones.’” Hawaii’s top ranking wouldn’t stand; the most recent record—405 pounds—was set off the Baja peninsula in 2010.


Sears, Roebuck and Co. becomes the first store to use realistic Hawaiian mannequins, reports HONOLULU. Sales promotion manager N.E. Surbaugh says, “Scores of photographs of pretty Hawaiian girls were sent to the coast firm in order that the right skin texture and tone could be reproduced.” Sears’ six mannequins were on display at store windows for only three months before Surbaugh received requests from Mainland publications and local merchants to use the mannequins in their own stores.


Mark Evans, an elementary school teacher in Missouri, teaches his students about Hawaii every year. The Mainland kids write down observations, and Evans sent HONOLULU some hilarious samples: “Honolulu is famous for such things as ships, sugar, pineapples and fish. Keeping all this stuff separated is one of the main jobs of Honoluluolians.” “One thing to remember about taking a heavy overcoat there is don’t.” “One of Honolulu’s chief products is Utopia.”


Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to Honolulu

Honolulu Magazine February 2018
Edit ModuleShow Tags



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.



Edit ModuleShow Tags