We Had No Idea Our 2005 List of “40 Things Every Local Must Do” Would Have Such a Short Shelf Life

The history of Hawai‘i, from our files.


For 133 years HONOLULU Magazine has kept its readers and advertisers at the vanguard of fashion, insight and fun. Starting out as Paradise of the Pacific in 1888 with a commission from King Kalākaua, we’re the oldest continually publishing magazine west of the Mississippi. Here is a look into our archives.


The History Of Hawaii 40 Things Every Local Must Do



Back in 2005, HONOLULU called out “40 Things Every Local Must Do.” Be able to quote from Rap’s Hawai‘i on command. Go cook the chicken, go! Drown a graduate in lei—get t’ick carnations still around? Eat your popcorn with kakimochi, eat your mango green with shoyu, and put li hing on everything. Duh.


It turns out, that list had a short shelf life. Renting the full DVD collection of Kikaida is not easy to do—most DVD rental places are dead, though on Netflix some episodes live on. Raving at Wave Waikīkī is a pipe dream—the bar wiped out in 2006. And, sneaking liquor into the Waikīkī Shell for a concert is on hold, as is everything else. Plus, we should say, hiding the hooch rarely ends well.



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