Honolulu (magazine)

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Cover of the August 2017 issue
EditorRobbie Dingeman
Founded 1888 (1888-month)
CompanyPacificBasin Communications
CountryUnited States
Based inHonolulu, Hawaii

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]


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]

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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


  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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