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

A look back at Honolulu from 1948 to 2003. Stories taken from the archives of the Paradise of the Pacific and HONOLULU Magazine.
King David Kalakaua

Our 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.




The Child Development Center Waialua 1948


The Child Development Center in Waialua focuses on fostering a shared educational environment by combining the Filipino, Japanese, Community Center and private kindergartens together into one place. The new preschool, open to students of all races, is fast-proving to be a valuable program focused on furthering the education of plantation workers’ keiki and emphasizing community unity with a focus on childhood development. With assistance from Boy and Girl Scouts reserves, women in the community and even high school student volunteers, the Child Development Center is one of the most diverse and progressive preschools in the Islands.



Sailor Lee Quinn All-Female Crew 1963


Sailor Lee Quinn embarked on a journey from Sausalito to O‘ahu with an all-female crew of novice sailors. Getting caught in a hurricane and breaking a mainsail were just some of the challenges the crew faced and overcame. Upon completing the voyage, Quinn says of his all female crew, “I believe girls make the best crew … I never again expect to cross an ocean with any other kind of a crew but girls.”



Neon Sings Are Coming Back 1978 Neon Signs Are Coming Back 1978


Neon signs’ popularity is making a resurgence. HONOLULU interviews the man responsible for the creation of iconic neon displays all around O‘ahu, from restaurants to businesses to hotels. Robert “Bozo” Shigemura has been in the industry for more than 40 years and is one of the last remaining artists who creates these neon lights from start to finish. He designs signs for Wo Fat Chop Sui, the Hawai‘i Theatre and many others. He was even requested by Wally Amos to make the cookie shop sign for O‘ahu’s inaugural Famous Amos storefront, scoring him an invitation to the first-ever Cookielau. 



Breadfruit Bread and Papaya Pie Recipe Book


Have you ever tried stewed crocodile? Or soursop punch? Author Nancy Rody’s new cookbook, Breadfruit Bread and Papaya Pie, highlights recipes unique to traditional Micronesian and outer Pacific cultures with numerous unusual dishes, from the preserved sea cucumber, to the more familiar seafood and tropical fruit recipes. Rody works at the University of Hawai‘i developing educational materials about nutrition for the Pacific. The cookbook is a result of her extensive seven-year research.



“Lack of water is cited as the No. 1 reason for delays in development,” especially in Hawaiian Homelands, HONOLULU says. Water rights for Native Hawaiians is a key issue and the current laws governing water rights are outlandish, says HONOLULU, such as one that only allots water to farmers for growing taro, “if it can be proven that the land grew taro at the time of the Great Mahele.” The push for water conservation is a response to problems of access and pollution of Mānoa Stream, Ala Wai and other water sources.



The $7.4 million Ala Wai dredging project uncovers 15-inch somatopods—predatory shrimplike crustaceans—lurking in the canal.



Paradise of the Pacific 1958 Cover


Paradise of the Pacific 1963 Cover


HONOLULU Magazine 1993 Cover



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