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

A look back at Honolulu from May 1933 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.




1933 Hawaii Local Food Story

The economic benefits of growing our own food become clear after a fiscal report shows that more than half of the $20 million we spend on produce is on imported goods. To Paradise, this begs the question, “Why continue to buy imports when we could grow our own food?” Dairy products, eggs and poultry, as well as crops such as potatoes, lima beans and Maui corn, are identified as just some of the many resources that Island ranchers could produce in large quantities.



1948 Humane Society Article

To coincide with the Hawaiian Humane Society’s “Be Kind to Animals” week from May 2 to 9, the Bireley Orangeade Co. and Board of Parks and Recreation host the second annual Poi Dog Show at the Civic Center auditorium. The show will have prizes such as “most spots” and “longest tail,” as well as special exhibitions of a seeing-eye dog and bloodhounds from O‘ahu’s prison. 



1968 Toothsayer Dr. X Article 1968 Toothsayer Dr. X Article

HONOLULU gets the inside scoop on smiles with Dr. X. “Since smiles project personality, teeth play an important role in the subconscious evaluation of a person,” he says. Grace Kelly’s teeth “are the most beautiful teeth in the world,” while the smiles of “competitive women reveal chipped, square teeth.” The final photo of a tiki was a bit of a trick, but Dr. X played right along—“Oh you’re pulling my leg! Well, there’s a warning in that smile. It says: ‘I got you!’”


Go to to see what Dr. X said about some of the town’s best-known smiles.



The island of Hawai‘i is the first to pass a ban on smoking at beaches. State Rep. Kirk Caldwell is in favor, citing concerns with excessive cigarette butt litter on beaches and the endangerment of native Hawaiian species. Co-chair of the Hawai‘i Smokers Alliance Jolyn Tenn, however, says cigarettes make up a small part of the litter and that the ban is a departure from Hawai‘i’s typically tolerant policies. The state follows suit in 2015.



1933 1968 cover 1988 cover





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