Waikiki 1934

Waikiki, 1934

Iconic Diamond Head crater rises in the background while scenic (and small for most of us youngsters) Waikiki beach and the up-and-coming town of Honolulu come to life in the foreground in this aerial shot of Honolulu in 1934.

Without Diamond Head, few would recognize this land and shoreline as the spot that is now home to highways, high rises, and hundreds of thousands of people.

In the 1930’s, Waikiki and Honolulu were just gaining a reputation as a destination. Few flights or cruises found their way to Hawaii back then and those that did hauled tourists who were on the leading edge of the future.


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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.