It just so happened that while I was at Costco today, I found this book, Honolulu Then and Now. It is so interesting to me. I know I cannot post pictures from the book, but I think I won't get into trouble if I just tell you about it. As you leaf through the book, the "Then" pictures are on the left and the "Now" pictures are on the right. The author does an amazing job of providing historical data throughout the whole book.
On page 18 there's this 1880 photo of Merchant Street. It looks like a Wild West town complete with horse and buggy.
On page 46 there's a 1900 photo of a burned down Chinatown after a fire purposely set to control the outbreak of bubonic plaque spreads when winds picked up and changed direction.
On page 56 masted ships are docked at Fair Haven ("Honolulu" in Hawaiian) in 1890.
On page 58 a camouflage-painted Aloha Tower looms behind arriving servicewomen and men in a 1940 photo.
On page 108 there's a photo of Manoa Valley with just a scattering of a few houses and farmland captured sometime between 1890 and 1905.
On page 130 an 1890 photo shows a racetrack at Kapiolani Park!
On page 140 captioned beneath a 1900 photo of Hanauma Bay the author describes how the City and County of Honolulu purchased Hanauma Bay and its surrounding areas, including Koko Head and Sandy Beach for $1 in 1928!!
On page 142 the USS Arizona shrouded in black smoke starts to sink. My first thought was, H*ly Cr*p I wonder who took that photo? I think I would have been digging . . . but then again, maybe not.
Anyway, it's an unreal historical account and for $11.99 a major steal. Costco . . . go now!