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December 27, 2021

30 Amazing Color Photographs of Hawaii in the 1950s

In the 1950s, the power of the plantation owners was broken by the descendants of immigrant laborers, who were born in Hawaiʻi and were U.S. citizens. They voted against the Hawaiʻi Republican Party, strongly supported by plantation owners. The new majority voted for the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi, which dominated territorial and state politics for more than 40 years.

Eager to gain full representation in Congress and the Electoral College, residents actively campaigned for statehood. In Washington there was talk that Hawaiʻi would be a Republican Party stronghold so it was matched with the admission of Alaska, seen as a Democratic Party stronghold. These predictions turned out to be inaccurate; today, Hawaiʻi votes Democratic predominantly, while Alaska votes Republican. In August 1959, Hawaii legally became an American state.

Just before becoming an American state, these amazing photos from Richard Cappetto that show what Hawaii looked like in the 1950s. They were taken by his father Alexander J. Cappetto when he was stationed there in the Army.


  1. I've always loved the United States in the 50's and 60's. Much of the architecture, motoring and fashion of that period is very nice.

  2. Fantastic--just wish to know what are the sites we see?




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