Honolulu (magazine)

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Editor Robbie Dingeman
Frequency Monthly
Year founded  1888 (1888-month)
Company PacificBasin Communications
Country United States
Based in Honolulu, Hawaii
Website www.honolulumagazine.com
ISSN 0441-2044

Honolulu is a city magazine covering Honolulu and the Hawaii region. Today, the magazine is among the handful of publications in the U.S. that have chronicled the events of an entire century. It is the oldest magazine in the state of Hawaii. It is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA).[1]


In 1888, when Hawaii was still a monarchy, King Kalākaua commissioned a magazine[2] under royal charter to be Hawaii's ambassador to the world. That magazine was Paradise of the Pacific.[2] 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. 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. In 2001 PacificBasin Communications acquired the magazine.[2] The company also publishes Hawaii Business, Hawaii Home and Remodeling, Hawaii, HONOLULU Family, Lei Chic, Whalers Village and HONOLULU Shops Waikiki.

Honolulu is also known for its annual dining awards called the Hale Aina Awards. In 1984, Honolulu established its Hale Aina Awards as the Islands’ first local restaurant awards. Before then, culinary awards in the Islands had only been given by Mainland travel interests.

Since 2004, Honolulu has held a photo contest which is open to all photographers and asks them to submit photos they've captured of Hawaii throughout the last year.

Honolulu is also known for its annual statewide fiction contest, though the last contest took place in 2006.

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  1. ^ "CRMA Magazines". City and Regional Magazine Association. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Erika Engle (July 31, 2001). "Hawaii Business owner buys Honolulu magazine". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 

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Further reading[edit]

  • 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