Saturday, August 24, 2013

Old Photos of Hawaii from Before It Became a State

Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state 54 years ago today, when President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii Admission Act on August 21, 1959. Here are some rare and old photographs of Hawaii from before it became a State.

1900 - a group of male Hula dancers.

1920 - a Hawaiian Sunrise Soiree. Two couples, one in tails, dance on the beach in the early morning to the sounds of a ukulele.

1924 - a native Hawaiian dancer performs while other women keep rhythm with gourds.

1925 - a surfer at Waikiki Beach stands on his head as he rides a wave into the shore.

1925 - Waikiki beach on Oahu, with Diamond Head in the background.

1930 - four Japanese tourists pose at the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach with a native Hawaiian and his long surfboard.

1930 - Tourists peer into mouth of Halemaumau or 'House of Everlasting Fire,' the inner crater of Kilauea, the most active volcano in the world (at the time).

A Hawaiian woman dances on a grass mat while two other women watch, circa 1900. 

A man brings in his pineapple harvest after a long day (date unknown).

December 1953 - Hawaiian surf riders Buzzy Trent, Woody Brown and George Downing glide down the advancing front of a 19-foot wave at Makaha, near Waianae, Oahu.

Early 1900s - Two local men in their raft rest by the beach at Waikiki Bay, showing Diamond Head in the background.

Expansive pineapple fields (date unknown).

Female hula dancers circa 1900.

January 1890 - The Royal Palace at Honolulu.

January 1932 - A group of Hawaiian girls sit against a tropical background.

July 1934 - the harbor at Honolulu, Hawaii looks serene.

October 1936 - PanAm Airways employees in Hawaii managed to create a full size golf course on the beach at Midway Island, where they play amongst the albatrosses.

1922 - two native Hawaiians with outrigger canoes at the shoreline in Honolulu.

(via Business Insider)

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