Monday, August 2, 2010

Waikiki Beach - Honolulu, Hawaii

Here we have the Moana Hotel in Waikiki, circa 1956. It was the first hotel to be built in Waikiki, opening its doors in 1901.

And there it is again, circa 1967:

 There was a building boom in Honolulu starting in about 1955 when plans were finalized to build a 12,000 foot runway at the airport, allowing passenger jets to bring more visitors to Hawaii.  After all, those visitors would need hotel rooms and places to shop. There was so much construction in the following years that people used to joke that Hawaii's state bird was the construction crane.

If you'd like to see some additional views of Waikiki Beach in the 1950s, take a look at Tattered and Lost Vernacular Photography.

Here are the backs of the cards in the same order as above;


  1. I have yet to make it to this famed beach. I wonder if it has just as much charisma now?

  2. Lovely exotic cards from, what I am sure is, a lovely exotic location. One day I intend to find out.

  3. Even though everyone says avoid Waikiki go to the other islands, I love Honolulu and Waikiki Beach. Wish I was there now drinking a mai tai.

  4. I think Waikiki is a pretty high energy destination with great beach opportunities for a swim or to see/be seen, even with its quirky high rise/single story building urban juxtapositions... Are you going to have an idyllic tropical paradise all to yourself? Uh, nooo. Will you have fun? Most likely. The history of how the area was transformed from rich wetlands/farmlands into a famous tourist destination is also quite interesting.



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