The Legends That Made Honolulu

For 133 years, HONOLULU magazine has kept its readers and advertisers at the forefront of fashion, insight and fun. Started as Pacific paradise Commissioned by King Kalākaua in 1888, we are the oldest continuously published magazine west of the Mississippi. Here is a look at our archive from November 2005.

As part of the 100th anniversary of the City and County of Honolulu, HONOLULU listed the city’s 100 most notable residents. Biographies include two Dillinghams (Benjamin and son Walter Francis), artists Juliette May Fraser and Madge Tennent, entertainers Rap Reiplinger and Kui Lee, Aquarius Eddie Aikau, baseball legend Wally Yonamine, architects, business leaders, chefs, activists, philanthropists , DJs and more .

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Harry Weinberg has been called “one of Honolulu‘s most paradoxical figures”; He was known in his lifetime as a ruthless, antagonistic businessman, but his legacy has become one of generosity and philanthropy.” About Gabby Pahinui: “Locals also saw him as a folk hero, working a day job on the city and county road crew, while he played music at night – all to support his wife and 13 children in Waimanalo.” About Mary Kawena Pukui: “Some Hawaiians criticized Pukui’s work on the dictionary and accused her of writing for Haoles, recalls her daughter Patience Namaka Bacon. She just told them, ‘I don’t write for Haoles. i don’t write for you I write for my grandchildren and your grandchildren.”

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Honolulu Magazine Covers - From our November files

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