Pictures of Old HawaiiPosted by Mike Bates on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 10:29am.
While visiting some family friends last year I came across an old book with historic photos taken in Hawaii. I love Hawaii nostalgia - always wanting to know when buildings were constructed, how streets were named, etc.
I borrowed the book and read through it now and then. Here's a sample of some of the interesting photos.
This is an aerial photo of the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus taken in 1924. There are two academic buildings and a physical education track. The photo was taken looking east. The upper building is Hawaii Hall, which was built in 1912. The lower building is Gartley Hall, named after Alonzo Gartley, chairman of the university's first board of regents. In his career he managed Hawaiian Electric Company and C. Brewer, a prominent sugar plantation company.
Here's a photo taken on one of the greens at the Oahu Country Club in 1909. The original club house is in the background. One hundred years ago, the greens at Oahu Country Club were not as nice as they are now. Golfers compared putting on these greens with putting on a fur rug! Oahu Country Club is located in Nuuanu Valley, near the Pali Highway.
In the early plantation days, harvests were hauled by train. Here's the sugar cane train in Waipahu, circa 1897. This particular steam engine was named the "Leahi."
Train tracks are still present in Waipahu, Ewa, Ko Olina and Waianae. A train ride in Ewa takes riders out as far as the Kahe Power Plant (where most of Oahu's electricity is generated).
I'll keep searching for interesting photos and post them periodically. If you are interested in historic photos of a particular neighborhood, let me know and we'll see what I can find.