Men in Hawaii History

“Just take your time – wave comes. Let the other guys go – catch another one.” — Duke Kahanamoku, surfer

Our features start off with an homage to legendary men who have enriched Hawaii with their presence. These figures in film, TV, music, business and more called the world’s attention to the many possibilities available in our Islands.

Lost actor Nestor Carbonell is a modern-day example of a thoughtful, well-rounded man. Our cover story traces his time in Hawaii and future projects.

And behind every good man is a good woman. The beautiful Hannah Cornett caps off our features with an enticing swimsuit spread.

A look back at some of the great figures who enriched the Islands

James Dole

“Quality, and quality, and quality.”

As founder of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1851, he grew a $1,000 business investment into one of Hawaii’s largest industries.

Charles Lindbergh

“I love Maui so much. I would rather live one day in Maui than one month in New York.”

The man who made history with the first solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927 owned a home in Kipahulu, and was laid to rest at Palapala Hoomau Church.

Elvis Presley

“A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity
that is generated in the crowd and on stage.”

The King of rock ’n’ roll drew Hollywood’s attention to the Islands
with several films based in Hawaii. He is pictured here in a 1957 performance.

Harold Sakata

“It’s the whip, the spin, the slicing blade.”

Born on the Big Island, Sakata was a figure on Hawaii’s weightlifting circuit and an avid wrestler. He is best known for playing the sharp hat-toting villain Oddjob in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger.

Jack Lord

“Everybody knows that Steve McGarrett only takes orders from the governor and God — and occasionally even they have trouble.”

Playing one of the most iconic roles in TV history, Lord spent years in the Islands portraying fictional detective Steve McGarrett in Hawaii 5-0. He is shown here with Rossano Brazzi in a 1977

Don Ho

“When I took it over, (Honey’s) was empty. My dad said ‘Son, why don’t you go make music?’”

The singer who made Tiny Bubbles famous was born in Kakaako and got his musical start at his mom’s namesake cocktail lounge in Kaneohe. He went on to perform with greats such as Andy Williams and Johnny Cash.

James Gabriel Jr.

“Put silver wings on my son’s chest Make him one of America’s best He’ll be a man they’ll test one day Have him win the Green Beret”

Gabriel was a Special Forces soldier who was executed in Vietnam at the age of 24. He was the first Hawaiian killed in the war, and his bravery is commemorated in the song The Ballad of the Green Berets.

Ellison Onizuka

“Make your life count, and the world will be a better place because you tried.”

More famously remembered as a crew member on the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle in 1986, the Kealakekua-born astronaut also was an Air Force captain and test pilot.

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