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Honolulu 1954

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Honolulu 1954

I ran across this interesting video of Honolulu back in 1954...thought it would be of interest to all you Honolulu fans.


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Thx for posting that! A real gem!!

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Yes, thanks for posting that. It was really fun to see how things looked back then. Wish I had started to go over there sooner, but my wife didn't drag me the first time until 1984, and she's dragged me back kicking and screaming about 30 times since then.

Thanks and aloha

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Thanks, it was nice.

Hana, Hawaii
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That was real cool! Did you see that one picture "Honolulu without skyscrapers".

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Can anyone tell us more about the Manapua Man or trucks.

Am sure there must be some good stories out there?

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Fantastic. A lot different now, wish i had seen the place back then (but it was before i was born, dont wont anyone thinking i am that old).

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A while back someone posted these starting in the 1940's.....there's a quite a few - check out the length of the lei and how full at about 2:45....Love it....



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Thank you!

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Fantastic - amazing some is still recognisable.


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I spent three weeks there with my parents in 1959 during the time of the celebration of Hawaii's becoming a state. We stayed on Kuhio, in a brand new fourth-story penthouse apartment, behind what was the Waikiki Biltmore (what is now rebuilt and is the Hyatt Regency). I slept out on the big porch and the birds awakened me each morning.

We sailed from Los Angeles over on the Lurline "cruise" ship--dressed for dinner, etc. Didn't have the stabilizers which would have been helpful across the Pacific. We left at 4:00 p. and arrived the fifth morning at 10:00 a. at Aloha Tower.

The Princess Kailulani was there in Waikiki, and two separate hotels the Surfrider and the Moana, which are now connected with a breezeway. The Outrigger Canoe Club was on Waikiki Beach where the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel is now, and there actually was a huge beach! Then next to that was the Royal Hawaiian and the old Halekulani.

The International Marketplace opened during the three weeks we were there, and it was delightful. Plantation style, two-story, white, open air down the middle. Delicious Snack Shop restaurant on the Royal Hawaiian grounds where we got real coconut cream pie (with whipped cream on top, not merangue!).

We took the public bus around the entire island, cost $1 each. There was a big statehood parade and celebration down Kalakaua Ave.

Waikiki was beautiful, uncrowded and just so much fun. Great memories!

Thanks for sharing the video.