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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.



Under the headline “Grave Robbers,” Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine, “notes with real gladness the stand taken by the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club against the desecration of ancient burial places of the Hawaiians, and believes that a territory-wide movement should be inaugurated for the protection of these and of the fast-vanishing monuments. … Throughout the Islands the ancient heiaus have been ruthlessly demolished in order that their aged stones might be broken for road-metal. On the Big Island today, the floor-stones of one of the grandest of the old temples of idol worship are doing melancholy duty as props for a wooden shack used as a Government Post-office.”





“Can man and nature create a genuine atmosphere of Hawaiian Tropical in 31 floors of verticality?” asks HONOLULU Magazine. The Sheraton Waikiki, the scale of which has had Honolulu “on its ear for a year,” was scheduled to partially open in June. For a sneak peak of what the hotel would feel like, HONOLULU published interior design renderings by Dorothy Draper & Co. and interviewed its president, Carleton Varney. “My challenge was this,” said Varney. “How to make a hotel that accommodates 3,600 persons warm, gay, human and lighthearted. How to make it function well for thousands of people and keep it, at the same time, tropical.” In 2010, the Sheraton Waikiki wrapped up a $187-million, top to bottom renovation.



In this issue’s Afterthoughts, Tom Horton defends David H. Murdock, the new head of Castle & Cooke, who had insisted that Castle & Cooke employees wear coats and ties instead of aloha shirts. “Honolulu’s business community is protesting this because they’ve tried to have it both ways when it comes to projecting a proper image,” writes Horton. “On one hand, they like to wear aloha shirts to show everyone they’re part of carefree Hawaii, where traditions of aloha haven’t been lost in the modern marketplace. But on the other hand, they’re constantly trying to convince the rest of the world that Honolulu isn’t just a lazy tourist mecca but a legitimate place to do business. … Indeed, by shedding the pretense of the aloha shirt, David Murdock should be named Honolulu’s Honest Business Executive of the Year.”