“Now Playing”

June 2014

Writer Denby Fawcett explored the story behind one of Hawaii’s most watched pieces of film: the hula trailer that plays before every Consolidated Theatres movie.

Photo: Olivier Koning

Dear HONOLULU  Magazine, thank you so much for a delight in my mailbox every month! My husband and I have been away from Hawaii nei all 29 years of our married lives, so it’s a comfort to have a touch of back home to restore our sense of roots as ambassadors of aloha. I was especially touched to see my Kamehameha Schools family—alumni, teachers and children—featured thriving in what they do best: perpetuating Hawaiian culture to live on for everyone. Maika‘i indeed. Their passion in their crafts translated so well. Mahalo nui again.

—Naomi Soraoka, Colorado Springs, Colo.


“‘Ilikai Turns 50”

February 2014

On the 50th anniversary of the Ilikai Hotel, writer A. Kam Napier gave the history of creation and life of the classic Waikiki hotel.

Photo: courtesy the ‘likai hotel

It was a real pleasure to read the story on the Ilikai turning 50. It was early 1964 when one of the construction companies working on the Ilikai brought my father, Don Lynn, to Honolulu from Seattle. It seems that, at the time, there were no high-rise window cleaners in Honolulu. That summer, my family moved to Honolulu from Seattle. As a family, we all worked on the Ilikai, washing windows and cleaning the aluminum railings. Pop could see Honolulu, and Hawaii, was going to go one in direction, up. For the next 25 years, Pop made a good living owning or managing window-cleaning companies. When he retired, Mayor Frank Fasi declared it “Don Lynn, Godfather of Window Cleaners” day. With a smile, of course. Alas, Pop passed in early 1996 and isn’t here to see the Ilikai turn 50. But most of the major window cleaners in Hawaii owe their starts to my dad. And my family owes a big thank you to the ‘Ilikai for bringing us here, 50 years ago. Aloha.

—James Pritchett, Honolulu, Hawaii


“Afterthoughts: That Guy”

June 2014

Managing editor Michael Keany enthused about a promised two-way bike lane on King Street.

Illustration: matthew kawika ortiz

I read your Afterthoughts, which already clues you in to my age bracket. I chuckled especially after reading your concluding paragraphs. As a graduate student who biked to the university over four decades ago, one of my research projects covered the city’s (paper) bikeway plans. Looks like they are finally putting some of their transportation funds into actual pavement territory (beware of buses in the lane, however). I, too, eventually broke down and purchased an economy car. Still rack the bike on the car, however, in lieu of hunting for downtown parking. The share-and-return car and bike prototypes for Honolulu have great potential. Aloha.

—Curtiss Ako, East Honolulu, Hawaii


( Ahana koko lele )

  • Our June feature “Now Playing,” which recounted the story behind the classic Consolidated Movie Theatres hula trailer, was missing several sections of text, due to a layout error. To read the full story online, visit

  • In our June Best Doctors feature, John H. Drouilhet of Retina Associates of Hawaii Inc. should have been listed as accepting new patients.

  • In our June story about the opening of Kaka‘ako Agora, the website of the program should have been listed as A calendar entry in our June Picks section should have noted that animals appearing in the film Marmaduke were trained by Birds and Animals Unlimited, not Sue Chipperton.