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

A look back at Honolulu from January 1948 to 2008. 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.




Fishing 1948

Offshore net fishing is considered a popular institution in Hawai‘i. This issue features photos of fishermen hauling and dragging nets in Kailua during a hukilau, where spectators would often praise and cheer them on.



Art classes 1958

One [wo]man’s trash is another [wo]man’s treasure. That is the idea behind the surge in art education in Hawai‘i’s public schools in the 1950s. Led by Lurene van Piera, an enthusiastic mother of two who serves as the Islands’ art education consultant, teachers learn to craft ancient Hawaiian puppets and dolls out of materials typically dumped in the trash–cardboard cylinders, metal and wood shavings, and odd beads and buttons. “Inspired teachers are better able to inspire students,” says Paradise.



Downtown Honolulu 1983

In its January issue, HONOLULU Magazine explores the ways the revitalization of old buildings and the construction of new ones are changing the face of downtown. Deemed Honolulu’s original neighborhood, downtown is considered the community’s heart and center and described as “a mix of soaring possibilities and nagging problems.”



HONOLULU Magazine celebrates its centennial with a look back at major communications milestones in Hawai‘i. In 1888, Honolulu, home to about 20,000, had two daily papers, a weekly and three monthlies written in English, as well as three weeklies and two dailies printed in Hawaiian.



Ala Moana 1993

Back in 1993 Ala Moana Center was home to 200 shops. Fast forward 25 years and that number has nearly doubled with the recent openings of the ‘Ewa Wing expansion and Lānai food court.



Linda Lingle made history in 2002 when she was elected as Hawai‘i’s first Republican governor since 1962, defeating then-Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono. HONOLULU Magazine names Lingle Islander of the Year, praising her “undeniable” impact on Hawai‘i.



A University of Hawai‘i biochemical engineer invents a way to turn table scraps into biodegradable plastics using bacteria.



UH Warriors 2008

University of Hawai‘i fans finally got to see the Warriors play in their first Bowl Championship Series game on New Year’s Day. Our boys, lauded as the only undefeated team in the nation, had come off of what was described as the greatest season in UH football history. UH fans held their breath as the Warriors took the field against No. 4 ranked University of Georgia. Spoiler alert: Hawai‘i lost 41-10. But we still love our Warriors!



1928 cover 1963 cover 2008 cover





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