Saturday, April 09, 2016
I finally decided to scan some vintage slides taken in Hawaii - Honolulu to be precise - in the 1950's.
Here's a pretty view taken from "The Punchbowl"... a large volcanic crater that is also the location of the National Cemetary. The most prominent feature that we see is Diamond Head, a long-extinct volcanic cone that is familiar to so many people. While much of the adjacent area has been developed to some degree, it still has a pleasant, almost small town vibe.
I looked online to see what this view would look like today, and found a pretty close match. The shrub to the left appears unchanged, but as for the rest of Honolulu... wow. So much for paradise I guess.
Now we're down on the beach at Waikiki, with the historic Moana Hotel looming over all. The Moana opened in 1901, and was the very first hotel on Waikiki, starting the tourist boom (prior to that, people had stayed in bungalows and beach shacks). Although there have been some additions to the property over the years, the main building seen here was restored to its original glory in 1989, and it is considered one of the premier hotels in the area.