The History of Hawai‘i From Our Files: About 250 People Lived at the Ala Wai Harbor in 1965

HONOLULU Magazine emerged from predecessor Paradise of the Pacific, which began in 1888, fulfilling a commission by King Kalākaua. That makes this the oldest continuously published magazine west of the Mississippi with an enviable archive worth diving into each month. Here’s a look back at February 1965.


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About 250 people live at the Ala Wai Harbor. “The house on the hill, complete with white picket fence, holds no enticement for them; they prefer their watery Ala Wai world,” Paradise says.


The monthly moorage fee is between $9 and $19 per slip, depending on vessel size, plus a monthly $1 poll tax. “The cost of living aboard a boat is so low it would, at first look, send the average homeowner down to the sea again to have another look.” Optional expenses include $2 for locker space, $2 for toilet and shower facilities provided by the state, plus electricity and phone.


It’s not nearly as cheap anymore, with mooring fees between $325 and $1,105. Lockers are $10, bathroom keys $15, parking $25 and electricity $100. But in 2019, 129 people called the harbor home.


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The first newspaper in Hawai‘i, Lahainaluna’s student newspaper, Ka Lama Hawai‘i, was printed in Hawaiian on Feb. 14, 1834.


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