Pictures of Old Hawaii Part 2Posted by Mike Bates on Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 9:50am.
Here are some more pictures I've seen lately. These were all spotted in our local newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, giving credit where it's due.
Here's a picture of Ala Moana taken in 1959. Note there's no Magic Island and the shopping center was not built. There's also a drive in theater. I am not sure about the original name, I think it was called Kam Drive In when it was built in 1948. Later when the Kam Drive In was built in Pearl City this became Kapiolani Drive In. Now that location is Don Quixote.
Have you ever heard about the Ala Wai canal and the idea of running it through Kapiolani Park? I remember reading about it in the newspaper years ago. Someone actually dug up a picture of the plan.
The Ala Wai was built in 1926 to drain the swamps of Waikiki. Digging stopped near Kapahulu Avenue so that the water would drain out near the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. In 1967 the Rotary Club of Waikiki proposed extending the canal eastward and towards the Natatorium. This photograph/drawing made to show the path of the canal. Not everyone liked the idea and the extension was never built.
Do you remember the Kailua Drive In? It was located on Kalanianaole Highway near Quarry Road. Now the location is home to a private school. Here's a picture of it that showed up recently.
If only we had digital cameras way back when... There are so many pictures and negatives taken with old film cameras that have been lost or damaged due to time. It's nice to find some good pictures of the old days.
Michael Bates (RA)
Abe Lee Realty
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