From Our Files

July archives


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.




Paradise of the Pacific takes a look back in history as the Islands celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hawaii becoming a republic on July 4, 1894. “Those who brought the Republic were those who put an end to monarchy, who long had sought annexation by the United States,” writes Paradise. Four years later, in 1898, those pushing for annexation—such as Sanford B. Dole and W. D. Alexander—got their wish as President William McKinley signed a bill officially annexing Hawaii to the United States. This August marks the 50th anniversary of Hawaii as a U.S. state. Look for more on this in our next issue.




HONOLULU talks with local artist John Young about his work, travels and his gallery that opened in the lobby of the Kahala Hilton Hotel in July 1969. Young graduated from McKinley High School and even as a teenager knew he wanted to be an artist. “I nearly flunked out,” he tells HONOLULU. “All I wanted to do was draw.” He became an abstract impressionist and traveled in Mexico, Cambodia, Paris and Hong Kong, among other places. Since then his work has been featured in local galleries such as the Honolulu Academy of Arts, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art and others.






“Ever since the death of Kamehamehakunuiakea (Kamehameha I) it has been Hawaii women who have most consistently set the agenda for the Native Hawaiian cause,” writes HONOLULU. Writers Keone Nunes and Scott Whitney look at the role of Native Hawaiian men as their cultural traditions fade, asserting that Hawaiian men die younger and enroll in college less than their female and other racial counterparts. The causes? Missionary teachings, Western ideology and negative media stereotypes. The solution? “Hawaiians must find a way to modernize their living standards without Westernizing their thoughts and values.”