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March 12, 2017

Hawaii in 1945 Through a Spanish-American Soldier's Lens

These amazing color snapshots were taken by Rogelio Alberto Casas, a Spanish-American soldier who served in the U.S. Army with the 30th Engineering Battalion, Company B, which was tasked with map making. They documented everyday life of soldiers, sailors and Hawaiian people in 1945.

Take a look.

Annie's Lei Stand at Moana Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii, 1945

Beach in front of Royal Hawaiian Hotel at Waikiki, Hawaii, 1945

Beach umbrellas with Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1945

Bishop Street in Honolulu, Hawai, 1945

Fields near Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 1945

Hawaii Pier in 1945

Hawaii sidewalk scene with Servicemen, Honolulu, 1945

Hawaii Sunset in Waikiki, 1945

Hawaiian Beach with servicemen, 1945

Hawaiian Beach, 1945

Hawaiian Port, 1945

Hawaiian sunset, 1945

Hawaiian sunset, 1945

Hula dancers, Hawaii, 1945

Hula performance, Oahu, Hawaii, 1945

Hula performance, Oahu, Hawaii, 1945

Hula show at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel every Sunday, 1945

Japanese Hula dancer in Hawaii, 1945

Local boy on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, 1945

Local boys diving at Waikiki, Hawaii, 1945

Looking toward Royal Hawaiin Hotel in Hawaii, 1945

Maluhia Enlisted Men's Club in Waikiki, Hawaii, 1945

On a road in Hawaii, 1945

Post office in Honolulu, 1945

Schofield Barracks Pool, Hawaii, 1945

Schofield Barracks Pool, Oahu, Hawaii, 1945

Schofield Barracks Swimming Pool, Hawaii, 1945

Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 1945

Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 1945

Sgt. Smith Post Theater Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 1945

Snug Harbor with boats for rent, Hawaii, 1945

Soldiers and sailors at pool of Hawaiian Hotel, Hawaii, 1945

Sunset at Waikiki, Hawaii, 1945

Train with smoke in Marshalling Yard, Hawaii, 1945

Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Waikiki, Honolulu, 1945

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, 1945

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, 1945

Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, Hawaii, 1945

Aircraft carrier from troop transport departing for Hawaii, 1945



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