Waikiki Banana Plantation

Waikiki Banana Plantation

Before it was a bustling beach with premier shopping, skyscrapers, and sandy beaches, Waikiki was a banana plantation. This shot of unfamiliar Waikiki from the USGS in 1909 shows the lay of the land during plantation times with rows and rows of banana trees and irrigation.

It can be hard for us to imagine such an agrarian scene with farm laborers in place of high-dollar businesses and surfers carrying boards to the beach–which is exactly why we love this picture of Historic Waikiki.

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