Hostess Twinkies' bankruptcy in the news last week reminded me of a story Jon de Mello told me about Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, who loved Twinkies and struggled with overeating. Jon was his producer and lifelong friend.
Retail guru Glenn Kaya brought GEM to Hawaii in 1958. A lot of people think it was local, but it started in Denver in 1957, Kaya said. GEM stood for Government Employees Mutual, and you had to be a member to come into the store.
Sixty-five years ago this week, Ruddy Tongg founded Trans-Pacific Airlines, which later became Aloha Airlines. Tongg picked the name because he initially had an interest in flying routes to China. However, the communist revolution in 1949 put an end to that.
During World War II, all the paper money in circulation in the state was stamped in big outline letters across the back that said “Hawaii.” The fronts had smaller renditions of “Hawaii” stamped on them. And instead of green, the seal was brown. Why did the government do that?
This body of water no longer exists. The picture was taken in central Honolulu on a private estate that is now long gone. It might look a little like the Ala Wai, but that is a few miles to the east. Where is it?
Which Honolulu church has Jesus surfing in stained glass? Many churches have intricate stained-glass windows with biblical scenes portrayed in brilliantly colored mosaics of light. But only one might show Jesus on a surfboard.
Who is Robert's Rabbit mascot waving to"
We've all seen Robert's Hawaii's tour buses. On the side is a rabbit running in profile. On the back, it's waving. Who is it waving to? The story starts in Tijuana, Mexico.
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