Honoulu 1890

A view of what downtown Honolulu and the Honolulu Harbor looked like as seen from Punchbowl in 1890.

The streets were dirt and the ships were made of wood (mostly). The biggest building was about three stories tall and the area was undergoing dramatic change from western introductions starting 100 years earlier.

It is hard to image this scene today and we are thankful that these historic images have been preserved.

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About Hawaii Aviation

"In 2006, the Hawaii historic aviation project was turned over to Marilyn Kali, the HDOT's Director of Public Affairs for more than 20 years, and historian for Honolulu International Airport. For more than four years Mrs. Kali located and scanned thousands of photos from the archives of the HDOT, the Hawaii State Archives, Hickam Air Force Base, U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, U.S. Navy History Center, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and private collectors who made their photo collections available. Along the way, she also collected numerous stories, newspaper articles and magazine clippings about early aviation in Hawaii.