Honolulu (magazine)

Honolulu is a city magazine covering Honolulu and the Hawaii region. It dates back to 1888 when it was called Paradise of the Pacific. It is the oldest magazine in the state of Hawaii and is the longest published magazine west of the Mississippi.[1] Honolulu is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA).[2]

EditorRobbie Dingeman
Year founded 1888
CompanyPacificBasin Communications
CountryUnited States
Based inHonolulu, Hawaii


In 1888, when Hawaii was still a monarchy, King Kalākaua commissioned a magazine[3] under royal charter to be Hawaii's ambassador to the world. That magazine was Paradise of the Pacific.[3] For nearly a century, Paradise of the Pacific promoted local business and tourism by assuring citizens of the United States that the Islands were civilized. Noted contributors to Paradise of the Pacific included Henry B. Christian, Helen Thomas Dranga, Arman Manookian, and Edwin North McClellan.

In 1966, Paradise of the Pacific became Honolulu Magazine.

In 1977, David Pelligrin acquired it through his Honolulu Publishing Company and raised the bar for journalists in the islands.[1] Honolulu shifted its focus to news and features aimed at an affluent residential audience. It covers dining, culture, arts, politics, entertainment in and around Honolulu and throughout Hawaii. Honolulu also has an annual dining awards called the Hale Aina Awards. Under Pelligrin in 1984, Honolulu established the awards as the islands’ first local restaurant awards. Before then, culinary awards in the Islands had only been given by mainland travel interests.[1]

In 2001, Duane Kurisu, the owner of PacificBasin Communications, acquired the magazine from the Honolulu Publishing Company.[1][3] The company also publishes Hawaii Business, Hawaii Home and Remodeling, Hawaii, Honolulu Family, Lei Chic, Whalers Village and Honolulu Shops Waikiki.

Since 2004, Honolulu has held a photo contest which asks people to submit photos they have taken of Hawaii throughout the previous year.[4]

Honolulu also has an annual statewide fiction contest, though the last contest took place in 2006.[5]

As of 2017, Honolulu's owner, Duane Kurisu, who bought the magazines in 2001, also serves on the board of directors of Oahu Publications Inc.[6]


  • 2015 – Sour Poi Awards[7]
  • 2016 – CRMA Award and National Prize[8][9]
  • 2017 – Soi Poi Awards[10]
  • 2018 – CRMA Awards[11]

See also

Further reading

  • Hawai'i Chronicles: Island History from the Pages of Honolulu Magazine. Edited by Bob Dye. 1996, ISBN 0-8248-1829-6
  • Hawai'i Chronicles II: Contemporary Island History from the Pages of Honolulu Magazine. Edited by Bob Dye. 1997, ISBN 0-8248-1984-5
  • Hawai'i Chronicles III: World War Two in Hawai'i, from the Pages of Paradise of the Pacific. Edited by Bob Dye. 2000. ISBN 0-8248-2289-7


  1. ^ a b c d Engle, Erika (August 8, 2017). "Longtime Honolulu Magazine owner 'raised the bar' for isle journalism". Star-Advertiser. Honolulu. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "CRMA Magazines". City and Regional Magazine Association. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Erika Engle (July 31, 2001). "Hawaii Business owner buys Honolulu magazine". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "7th Annual Photo Contest Winners!". Honolulu. 2011.
  5. ^ Lou Zitnik (April 2005). "Fiction Contest: Duct-Taped in Hilo". Honolulu.
  6. ^ Janis L. Magin (November 6, 2018). "Duane Kurisu buys ground leases for Honolulu office building, Big Island newspaper". Pacific Business News. American City Business Journals. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  7. ^ Robbie Dingeman and Michael Keany (June 14, 2016). "Sour Poi Awards: Celebrating the Strange, the Stupid and the Scandalous of 2015". Honolulu.
  8. ^ "HONOLULU Magazine Wins Multiple Awards, Including a National Prize". Honolulu. May 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "HONOLULU Magazine is a Four-Time Finalist in the 2016 National City and Regional Magazine Awards". Honolulu. March 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "HONOLULU Magazine is a Four-Time Finalist in the 2017 National CRMA Awards". Honolulu. March 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "HONOLULU Magazine Wins Several Awards, Both Local and National". Honolulu. July 2, 2018.

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ABC Stores (convenience store)

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Mark Chai

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Three of his lamps were featured in the Honolulu Museum of Art’s 2016-17 year-long exhibit, “Hawaii in Design.” A dozen of his lamps appeared in the Hawaii season of the television show, “Real World.”

Two of Chai's sculptures of recycled plastic were purchased by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and displayed in the Hawaii State Art Museum.His custom wooden lamps light Chef Ed Kenney's restaurants town, Kaimuki Superette, and Mahina & Sun's, and Art After Dark at the Honolulu Museum of Art.Chai says his inspirations are childhood memories of the play of light and shadow in glowing camp fires on the beach, moonlight shining through the leaves of palm trees, and watching the precision of craftsmen building a wooden fence in Japan. He wanted to make lamps because, "I wanted to interact with the viewer. What better way than to turn something on?" His work has been described as "cutting edge hanging lamps of intricate interlocking pieces of cut and finished plywood. The effect is origami in thin air with distinctive Hawaii touches." The Culture Trip site listed him as a "giant" of the Hawaii art scene, "Mark Chai's naturalist style transforms everyday table lamps and wooden furniture into expressions of the organic world." He received his BFA from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in 1976

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Society of Seven

Society of Seven is a variety troupe that performs a variety show of the same name. Formed in the early 1960s as a pop group named The Fabulous Echoes, the group released a number of records in Asia, recording with the Hong Kong-based Diamond Records. Their version of "A Little Bit of Soap" was #1 for 32 weeks on the Hong Kong charts, as well as being a hit in neighboring countries. That started a string of hits, and they had a double hit with "Dancing on the Moon" and "Sunshine" (a ballad written by Diamond Music co-director Frances da Silva-Kirk and Vic Cristobal).

At this time, the group had six members: lead singer Cliff Foenander was backed by Tony Ruivivar on guitar, Stan Robinson on bass, Terry Lucido on piano, percussionist Danny Ruivivar with Bert Sagum doing vocals and playing tambourine. Don Gay, multi-instrumentalist, joined the Fabulous Echoes in 1966, and continued in the SOS through 1980.

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The troupe performs a variety of songs (particularly Broadway showtunes), comedy sketches, and celebrity impersonations. It has also recorded for several national and local record labels, although record sales were primarily in Hawaii record stores and as souvenirs at the group's performances—in that context, the group's hits include "Walk Away," "99.8" and "I'll Love You Through It All."

The group was voted "the Best Show in Waikiki" by the readers of Honolulu Magazine.In 2001, a second troupe was formed, Society of Seven LV. When the formation of the SOS LV was first announced the publicists said that the original SOS group would remain based in Waikiki and the younger group, with the "LV" short for Las Vegas would be based in Las Vegas. However, the original SOS eventually moved to Las Vegas and the Society of Seven LV became the resident version of the group at the Outrigger, though the original Society Of Seven has returned to Hawaii for several concert-style performances at the Hawaii Theater in downtown Honolulu.

As of May 2009, Society of Seven with Lani Misalucha could be seen performing at the Flamingo Las Vegas and Society of Seven LV, with Jasmine Trias can be seen at the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. Trias, a finalist on the American Idol TV show, was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii, near Honolulu, and was seen as a natural addition to the show.

The original SOS group received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) in 2007.

On November 6, 2009 the Society of Seven opened a new show with Jasmine Trias doing comedy, impression and dance under a one-year contract to perform two shows Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino located one mile (1.6 km) west of the Las Vegas Strip on West Flamingo Road. This relationship has continued a second year, with Trias joining SOS in their sold-out 22 October 2011 show at Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada.

Starting in 2010, when Trias has had other obligations, her place has been taken by Arshiel Calatrava, a high school student from Kalihi, Hawaii, continuing the SOS tradition of showcasing Hawaiian talent.


Waikiki (; Hawaiian: Waikīkī, [vɐjˈtiːˈtiː, wɐjˈtiːˈtiː]; also known as Waikiki Beach) is a neighborhood of Honolulu on the south shore of the island of Oʻahu in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

Waikiki is most famous for Waikiki Beach, which is one of six beaches in the district, along with Queen's Beach, Kuhio Beach, Gray's Beach, Fort DeRussy Beach and Kahanamoku Beach. Waikiki Beach is almost entirely man-made.

Waikiki is home to public places including Kapiʻolani Park, Fort DeRussy, Kahanamoku Lagoon, Kūhiō Beach Park and Ala Wai Harbor.



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