From Our Files – June

HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific, chronicling the Islands since 1888.

JUNE 1946: “As a stimulant to long-range planning for the years to come in Hawai‘i, the Hawaiian Electric Co. has been presenting a series of artists’ concepts to meet existing needs,” writes Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU magazine. In an article titled “Honolulu Looks to the Future,” Paradise publishes several images depicting HECO’s vision for the Islands, including the “parkatorium” for parking motor cars and gyro planes (photo below left) and a yacht harbor (photo below right).”

JUNE 1961: Paradise of the Pacific announces the kickoff of Hawai‘i’s first Pacific Coast League baseball team, the Hawai‘i Islanders. The team’s first home game, on April 20, 1961, took place at Honolulu Stadium, before a crowd of 6,000 people. “Stars in swimming, football, golf, tennis and gymnastic sports have emanated from the Islands,” Paradise writes. “Now, a pro-league team will undoubtedly encourage further development of talented ‘little leaguers.’” Among the Islanders’ first players were third baseman Ray Jablonski, photo right, shortstop Rac Slider and outfielder Jim Small. The Islanders went on to become the longest-lasting pro sports franchise in the Islands, leaving Hawai‘i in 1987.

JUNE 1986: When ousted Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (photo left) and his wife, Imelda, arrived in Hawai‘i, an estimated 70 percent of the Islands’ Filipino residents supported the controversial leader, despite his exile from the Philippines amid allegations of embezzlement.

“By now nearly everyone in America must have heard about Imelda’s 3,000 pairs of shoes and the charges of ‘crony capitalism’ and treasury plunder,” writes HONOLULU Magazine. “How do Marcos defen-ders answer these charges? In effect, they say that critics don’t understand the Philippines. As one well-educated Filipino professional put it, ‘Politics in America and politics in the Philippines are two completely different things.’”