Tommy Velasco, day manager of the Palm Tree Inn, wonders how the thieves felt when they were unable
to open Queen Lili‘uokalani’s safe. Police are investigating the trail of footprints left when the safe was
dragged out of the restaurant, across an alley to a drugstore and abandoned in a parking lot with an
estimated $1,500 still inside.
STAR-ADVERTISER ARCHIVE / JULY 31, 1972
Train buffs put on last-minute touches to engine No. 6 before taking it for a trial run at Lualualei. The
54-year-old locomotive, which once rode the rails through the cane fields around Waialua, was retired
STAR-ADVERTISER ARCHIVE / APRIL 26, 1964
Sea Life Park’s new 500-pound sunfish may be just a kid, says assistant director Tom Morrish. The fish,
caught off Waianae, has been labeled the largest sunfish in captivity. It is almost 6 feet long and a foot
thick in the middle. Morrish turned to the “Field Book of Giant Fishes” and found the sunfish still has
some growing to do.
STAR-ADVERTISER ARCHIVE / SEPTEMBER 28, 1953
It’s a dog’s life. Sparky, shown with fireman Anthony J. Lemmo at Hickam Air Force Base Central Fire
Station, hardly has time for his regular job as fi rehouse mascot these days. Sparky was guest of honor at
Hickam’s annual dog show, and the same day helped celebrate National Kids’ Day there. In
October he will lead observance of National Fire Prevention Week.
STAR-ADVERTISER ARCHIVE / FEBRUARY 18, 1979
The Waikiki Theater, among the last reminders of a time when life was slower and mellower, may soon
be no more. The theater, now known as Waikiki No. 3, was built in 1936. Designed by C.W. Dickey, it is
graced by frescoes by Marguerite Blasingame and moving clouds and stars on its ceiling. An outer courtyard
houses a fishpond lined with metal plaques that bear engraved autographs of such old stars as W.C.
Fields, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Myrna Loy. Consolidated Amusement Co., owner of the theater,
wants to replace it with a complex of stores and four smaller theaters.
STAR-ADVERTISER ARCHIVE / SEPTEMBER 4, 1975
Construction workers and a fleet of machinery have been steadily adding a floor a week to the Hemmeter
Center complex in Waikiki. The twin-tower structure stands at the halfway point, about 20 stories high.
Mike Scarfone, project manager, said work is on schedule with completion targeted for July 31, 1977.
STARADVERTISER / MARCH 30, 1960
Two longtime Honolulu landmarks — Kau Kau Korner and the home of the Pacific Club — are fast becoming
memories. Demolition of the famous drive-in, at the intersection of Kapiolani Boulevard and Kalakaua
Avenue, makes way for Coco’s, a Spencecliff Corp. restaurant.