From Our Files: Moments from Hawai‘i’s Past–February Edition

A look back at Honolulu from February 1933 to 2013. Stories taken from the archives of Paradise of the Pacific and HONOLULU Magazine.

King KalākauaOUR HISTORY

In 1888, King Kalākaua 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.




Honolulu faces transportation problems as the Honolulu Rapid Transit Co. struggles with daily ridership losses and a shift to using jitney buses, which operate like shuttle buses. If Honolulu doesn’t find a viable alternative to the streetcar line, it will be “in the midst of traffic chaos,” says Paradise.



From Our Files 1948

In this 1948 advertisement, the Hawai‘i Sugar Planters’ Association touts the benefits of working on plantations—good living standards and job security unmatched in other agricultural areas.



From Our Files 1963

The ‘Ilikai Community Apartments in Waikīkī is selling units starting at a whopping $19,950 with monthly maintenance fees totaling $58.27. The advertisement boasts the “all electric kitchen” (in capital letters) and the convenience of a shopping mall level.



Magnum PI 1983

HONOLULU Magazine goes behind the scenes of the Magnum P.I. filming. The hit series features Tom Selleck as a private investigator living on O‘ahu. At the bottom of Diamond Head, halfway around the lighthouse, the film crew and actors set up shop. They are filming a scene where Selleck beats himself on the shoulders with a rubber chicken.



Stand-up paddle surfing

Stand-up paddle surfing, or SUP, continues to grow in popularity, creating a shift in the “pecking order” among surfers. Dating back to the 1960s when Waikīkī beachboys would stand up on large surfboards and use paddles with longer shafts, SUP is causing somewhat of a rift among some surfers and increased competition to catch the best waves at already congested surf spots.



In the fight against Miconia calvescens, an invasive and potentially damaging plant, conservationists test a new way to fight the pesky weed: paintball guns.



Daniel Inouye 2013

In the wake of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye’s death in December 2012, predictions surface about how the Islands will cope with the loss of seniority and a powerful leader. “After Inouye” describes the senior senator’s death as incalculable and immeasurable, and asks the question, “How can we ever survive without him?”



1958 cover 1963 cover 1983 cover





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