Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More Old Hawaii Photos

My friend Noreen who usually e-mails me pictures of Old Hawaii sent me more the other day. These brought back some long-forgotten memories. I don't know where the photos or captions originated from, but they're pretty priceless to me.


Aloha Motors at the corner of Kapiolani Blvd. and Atkinson Drive is now the site of the Hawaii Conventon Center.



Corner of Beretania and Richards Streets where the Schuman Carriage building and a doctor’s office was located in the 1950's and 1960's. The entire block was torn down to build the State Capitol Building. This photo was taken across the street near Washington Place.



Bishop Street, looking mauka toward Beretania Street in this 1959 photo.The street eventually continued to Vineyard and Pali Hwy. Bishop St. became one way makai bound. Across Beretania now stands the Capitol Place building.



The old Civic Auditorium at 1314 S. King St. being torn down to make way for progress, in April, 1974. Built in January 1933, it hosted many functions through the years.


The last day of Coco's Coffee House, Aug. 31, 1986. After 26 years of business on the corner of Kapiolani and Kalakaua, it made way for a new business, The Hard Rock Cafe. Before Coco's, The Kau Kau Korner was in that location.


Fort Street looking mauka from King Street. Nov. 8th 1959. Today Fort Street is a pedestrian mall.

Hawaii Kai in a 1960 photo as Henry Kaiser was beginning development of the area.


The HIC later renamed the Neal Blaisdell Center is under construction in 1963.


Statehood celebration at the old Honolulu Stadium. March 13,1959.


1970 photo of baseball fans lining up on King Street and Isenberg at the Honolulu Stadium box office to purchase playoff tickets.

The annual Thanksgiving Day high school football championship game at the Old Honolulu Stadium on Isenberg and King Street in 1963. Today this is the site of the Honolulu Stadium State Rec. Area or as many call it, the Old Stadium Park .


HRT bus barn on the corner of Alapai and Hotel Streets in the 70's. The Honolulu Police Dept. is now on this corner.


Honolulu Iron Works 1960. Today it is the location of Restaurant Row.


Kapahulu Avenue in March 1959.


Kapiolani Drive In on the corner of Ala Moana and Ena Rd in July, 1968. A popular hangout in the 50's and 60's it was demolished in late 1960 to make way for the Wailana condominium.

The Kau Kau Korner on the corner of Kapiolani and Kalakaua in the 1940's. The business was torn down in 1960 and replaced with Coco 's Coffee House, which was torn down in 1986 to make way for The Hard Rock Cafe which is currently on that location.


Construction of the Keeaumoku Street overpass on April 14 1960 looking towards the Diamond Head direction and from right to left, makai to mauka.


1959 photo of the old Sears and Roebuck building, which eventually became headquarters for the Honolulu Police Department and then a high rise condominium.


March 19, 1959 photo of the old Sears and Roebuck building and parking lot on Beretania, Young and King Streets and later in 1967 converted into the Honolulu Police Department. Later the building was torn down and a high rise condominium now is at that location. The parking lot in the foreground is today the Pawaa Neighborhood Park.


State Capitol under constructon in the background. Photo taken on Kapiolani Blvd. and Drier St. The Advertiser Building is on the left. March 27, 1967.


Construction of the State Capitol building July 5, 1966. Punchbowl and Hotel Street corner is at the bottom right. Hotel Street is now the pedestrian walkway between the Capitol Building and Iolani Palace .


Tops coffee shop in 1956, on Ala Moana across Ft. DeRussy.


Trader Vic's at the corner of Ward Ave. and King Street. It is now the location of the Honolulu Club and the now closed TGIF restaurant.


Waialae Shopping Center, which eventually became Kahala Mall, was celebrating its third anniversary when this photo was taken in 1961.


1957 photo of the Ward Estate. The entire estate was demolished in 1959 to make room for the Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall and the Blaisdell Center. It covered the entire block of Ward Ave., King St. and Kapiolani Blvd.


The water fountain at the entrance to the Honolulu airport in the 1960's. At night when the water fountain was lit up with orange colored lights, it looked like volcano eruption.

51 comments:

Erick said...

Cool, cool, cool! I remember some of those places, I must be old. Priceless old photos!

jalna said...

I know Erick . . . don't you wish you could go back in time just to get shots of those places?

K and S said...

this was awesome, thanks for sharing, some I remember and some were before my time.

SW said...

I just LOVE old photos. Can you imagine the size of the camera that was used to take these photos? Unfortunately, I don't remember most of these places since I arrived in Hawaii in 1975.

tippy said...

priceless!!!!!!!!!

Yosh808 said...

Man...this might be the nyquil talking...but it makes me really sad to think about what my kids are gonna see when they grow up. The skyline changed sooo plenny in just 20-30 years. I can just see the caption now..."LikeLike Drive Inn on Keeaumoku street, locals used to flock here for awesome banana pancakes...demolished in 2015, now the site of the one trillionth Honolulu Condominium skyrise..." =(

Betty Townsend said...

Beautiful! Lots of memories with the really old pictures, Honolulu Stadium football games, Kapahulu Avenue going to grandma's. I left home in 1962 so was gone when a lot of them were taken. Thanks for sharing!!

jalna said...

Kat, some were even before MY time!

Shun Wah, I wonder what camera was used 'cause the photos are of excellent quality.

tippy, I agree.

Yosh, I probably should start taking photos of things I take for granted now like "Likelike Drive Inn".

Betty, really brings to home just how long you've been gone! Wow.

susie said...

Love the old pictures!!! I KNOW I'm old cuz I remember most of the places. Still haven't gotten cs4 downloaded, need to call abode again tomorrow. I'm in Gig Harbor, WA now. Wyoming was great,but miss my Wyoming family very much.

Rick said...

Wow! Those are great photos and the captions were also good. I remember going to Aloha Motors with my parents when they purchased a couple of their Oldsmobiles when I was a small child!!!

jalna said...

Rick, I remember Aloha Motors there at the corner too! I wish I knew who compiled the photos and captioned them. They did an awesome job.

MJC said...

Thanks for posting these pictures. I love looking at historical pictures of "what used to be here" kind of things. I wish I could go back in time and walk around these places back in the day.

jalna said...

MJC, I soooo feel the same way.

Jamsie said...

wow - great photos! and I remember most of those places, which really dates me! haha

jalna said...

I remember too!!

haunani said...

i LOOOVE these photos!! they're amazing. i wish we had some of the ranch house up there. i would love to have a book with all of these photos. they''re amazing.

jalna said...

I agree Haunani, I love the photos and captions. I wish I knew who to credit with putting this together.

Jean-Michel RiHET said...

Aloha from Old Europe,

i've just discover Your site and take the opportunity to let some words.
I'm a french writer and actually working on a novel, the scenery happen on Oahu island from 1939 to 1949.
i am searching for photographs from this period... if You please know a link... ?
Thanks and congratulation for Your website.
Jean-Michel

jalna said...

Hi Jean-Michel! There is a great collection of old Hawaii photos here .

Anonymous said...

Dear Jalna

I love these old hawaii photos..
I'm plannin to open up a new hawaiian style cafe in Korea and I would love to post some of these pictures on the wall as a deco.

Can I buy these images in file?

Sincerely

Maren Kim

jalna said...

Sorry Maren, but these are not my photos. I got them in an e-mail, and don't even know where they originated from.

Jm Rihet said...

Dear Jalna,
It's a pleasure to give You thanks for the link You let.
i will find there all i am searching for.
Thanks a lot.
Sincerely,
Jean-Michel
http://jeanmichelrihet.com/

jalna said...

You're so welcome, Jean-Michel!

Old Kahala Kid said...

As I'm now 60, I do remember many of these places. Mom took me to see "Old Plantation" before it's demolition. It was open to the public one last time. I don't remember if we could go into the building however? The grounds were like being in another world at the time. Ah, Waialae Shopping Center, Western Star (in photos) supermarket after the original Piggly Wiggly and to become Star Supermarket. Aloha Motors, my first new car in '77. All the others, Cocos, Kapiolani Drive Inn...too many to recount. How about the feed store in Kahala where Macy's men is about now?

jalna said...

I'm right behind you Old Kahala Kid, but my memory is not as sharp as yours. Ahhh, perchance to go back in time if only but to look.

Larry Rac said...

jaina,
I was just web surfing for old Hawaiian pics and found your site. Blast from the past. I too really enjoy seeing old photos oh Hawaii. I was at the conner of Fort and King streets when Hawaii became the 50th State. I was selling the Honolulu Advertiser and made the most tips that day. My paper corner was the Honolulu Cafe and the building is still there. Its part of HPU Downtown Campus today. Anyway I saw a picture of that building that you had on this site.
Thanks for posting these pictures...big mahalo.

jalna said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment Larry. I love the special memories you have in your heart. Take care.

Wayne said...

I was stationed at Barbers Point in 1963-64 and lived in an apartment on the corner of Kalakaua and the Ala Wai canal. We had a good view of Diamond Head from the lanai. I am presently back visiting for the first time.....my have things changed. I enjoyed your collection of old photos. Top's was one of my hangouts.

jalna said...

Welcome back Wayne!! I think it's great that you were here for a little while back in the good ole days. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Anonymous said...

Anybody remember a Saffron (yellow) 1968 convertible Oldsmobile with a black side stripe on the front fenders? I'm trying to find the first owner, 1968 to 1970, and the 2nd owner, 1970 to July of 2011. I would think it would have originally sold at Aloha Motors. Thank you!
Shawn
shawnbarnes1999@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the phots. I remember all of them.

Tony Lentini said...

I lived at Pearl Harbor and Ft. Shafter from 1960-1963. Anyone have photos of the old base exchanges for both?
Tony

Unknown said...

I really loved the photos, I wish we could go back to those days.

W. Au said...

This is an interesting collection of photos! I don't remember most of these places. Sometimes I wonder if today's digital images will have the staying power of these old bromides that (luckily) someone decided to keep.

J Rogers Martin said...

These pictures are a treasure trove for our town, Honolulu circa Statehood 1959... The years following brought many changes, but then again the streets are still in the same places. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I Love these photos, it brought back some good memories. I left Hawaii in 1966, and yes the HNL Stadium had been a very busy place in those years.
I returned back to Hawaii in 1987, it sure have changed a lot since then!!!! But I love your PIX. Anyway of getting copies of these Pix??

jalna said...

Thanks for commenting, Anon. Sorry, but these aren't my photos.

Anonymous said...

Seeing the Neal Blaisdell Center is awesome.

pbr said...

I remember almost all of the buildings and places pictured here and now Sears is gone too-auwe-the price of progress.

iqrar khan said...

so pretty.old is gold, i just LOVE old photos. Can you imagine the size of the camera that was used to take these photos? Unfortunately, I don't remember most of these places since I arrived in Hawaii in 1975.Gatwick Meet and Greet

Norman Pestana said...

Very cool I used to sell the Star Bulletin high school line up paper at the stadium. We would get in the game for free and have some money for a hot dog and a coke. Great pictures, thak you.

Anonymous said...

My dad was stationed at Schofield Barracks 1959 to 1964. These photos brought back so many memories. We lived in Ewa Beach not on base. Wonderful childhood and wonderful memories. Thanks for posting these pictures. Just found out that the International Market Place is being torn down to make way for a new mall with Saks Fifth Avenue. Truly awful!!!



Trula Kazaitis said...

Thank you very much for these beautiful pictures...I was born here in 1954 before the mad rush of development. The photos you published bring back the wonderful memories of growing up on Oahu.

lisa caldwell said...

You know your old when you remember a majority of those pictures! Coco's and hawaii kai! Wow!!

lisa caldwell said...

Like Vegas, the front of the airport was....i remember Coco's and hawaii kai....amazing'

Anonymous said...

Love your pictures. Brings back a lot of memories. Would you happen to have a picture of the old Kapahulu Theatre?

jalna said...

Thanks Anon, but I didn't take the photos. I got them in an email from a friend. Sorry, but I don't have a picture of the old Kapahulu Theater.

auntyanna said...

The photo just below Aloha Motors - corner Beretania and Richards - is actually of the first Central Union Church building, which got a "modern" built around the corner in front of it. Kitty-corner across the street there was a gas station in front of St Andrew's Cathedral which didn't go away until they finished the Cathedral, tearing out the termite-eaten front and replacing it with the Great West Window (that has a termite depicted in it!)

Anonymous said...

The football games on Thanksgiving Day (two were played) were not for the ILH high school championship, which was decided during the regular season based on which team had won the largest number of regular season games (eight). Kamehameha, Punahou, Roosevelt and Farrington were often in the top four and played on Thanksgiving Day. McKinley, Iolani, St. Louis, Kaimuki and Kalani usually finished behind the top four (this was late 50s early 60s).

deaton said...

my parents and I came to oahu in 1959, I was 8 yrs old, started at pearl harbor ele, and the little ben franklin and other stores made up the little shopping mall there, there as a Tastee Freeze there. All of the wild places are gone, we lived on a cul-de-sac, lots of bouganvilla, wood roses, everything, then moved to 5th st. across from the Bloch Arena, tons of myna birds, the monkey pod tree is still there as of 2007 but all the birds in the area are gone as they tore down all that navy housing. my parents bought me a very nice ukulele for $20 in 1963 the value now is about $450, I wish I had it. I learned to hula in a quanset hut and had my girl scout meetings in a quanset hut. now there is no Dole Pineapple tower. all the wild places are gone it seems, afer the several tv programs and movies that came to oahu, that brought it alot of changes, continually building. i remember the Sears store, and the first mall of america. we dined at the Al Ronde restaurant when it first opened, it revolved once every hour, i could hear it squeak. riding our bikes and playing with barbie, making leis, the same plumeria bushes and monkey pod trees still exist on 5th st. it was the only way I could tell where our townhouse was. when i visited in 2007, holy family academy for 2 yrs. we went around the island so many times. i remember some boys talking pigeon talk and I laughed because I didn't understand, I remember seeing women walking downtown with kimonos on in 1961. all the parties my parents gave, navy people, people were nice and trusting and nobody was afraid of your kids being taken. it's a different world.

Julie Checkoway said...

Aloha! I am looking for an old picture of Mr. George S. Higa's Honolulu Cafe on Fort and Beretania in the late 1930's or early 1940's. Am also looking for a picture of Mr. Higa, the owner. And if someone has a menu, I would be very grateful. Mahalo, Julie Checkoway
julie@checkoway.com