Monday, November 8, 2010

Hawaii, 1920 - A Drive Around the Island

A drive around the island of Oahu is a great way to spend the day. Starting out in Honolulu, you stop in Haleiwa for lunch and make additional stops to look at beautiful beaches and amazing waves.  You might stop in Waimanalo for a second lunch or a snack.  In many ways, the drive around the island is probably not that different from decades ago, although I'm not sure how good the roads were back then.

There are still some pristine beaches and peaceful spots, and you do still see some pineapple fields, though not as many as in the past. It used to be that it was almost a rite of passage for youth in Hawaii to work in the Dole cannery - not so much anymore. There also used to be a lot of sugar cane fields, but there aren't many at all today.

This photo from our 1920 cruise to Hawaii is labeled "On the drive around Oahu Island", but it doesn't specify where. I think it may be Waimea Bay.

Here's a view of pineapple fields, probably near Wahiawa:


  1. Oahu is incredibly dramatic. I just wish it weren't so crowded.

  2. Mmmm, now I'm ready for a trip to paradise and leave this cold weather behind...

  3. Nothing like fresh, Hawaiian pineapple!

  4. Gotta admit, those are a couple of the most boring images I have ever seen of Hawaii- do you think maybe you could Photoshop a rainbow or some hula dancers in there?

    PS- see you tomorrow...

  5. Not boring, Dear, just peaceful and idyllic. You want boring? Check out some of the earlier Hawaii motel postcards.

  6. K.
    Oahu is crowded, but I'm amazed at how easy it is to get away from the crowds. We went on a beautiful hike a few years ago through a bamboo forest and trails with lots of wild ginger - and encountered no one, with the exception of a few botany students.



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