Century of Aloha: The Creation of Modern Honolulu, 1905-2005

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A Century of Aloha is an illustrated history of Honolulu's past from the turn of the nineteenth century through today. Noted author and historian MacKinnon Simpson takes you back in time to the days before Honolulu could be considered a bustling metropolis. In the beginning, before the area was known as Honolulu, there was a small fishing village on a hot, dry, and dusty plain nestled at the mouth of Nu'uanu Stream called Kou. Its bay and its discovery as a natural and safe harbor by Western sailing ships would ...
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Overview

A Century of Aloha is an illustrated history of Honolulu's past from the turn of the nineteenth century through today. Noted author and historian MacKinnon Simpson takes you back in time to the days before Honolulu could be considered a bustling metropolis. In the beginning, before the area was known as Honolulu, there was a small fishing village on a hot, dry, and dusty plain nestled at the mouth of Nu'uanu Stream called Kou. Its bay and its discovery as a natural and safe harbor by Western sailing ships would trigger the rapid and inexorable course of progress that would change Kou (later Honolulu) and the Hawaiian Islands forever.

Take a trip back in time to days before traffic lights, when the most common mode of transportation was on horseback or by carriage, where dirt streets were dusty in summer and muddy in winter, to an era where pushcart peddlers and manapua men hawked their goods, then to a time of trolley cars and Model T Fords, and forward to chauffeured Packards and Pierce- Arrows, motorcycle cops on Indian Scouts, and from there to the highspeed roar of today's modern freeways.

Honolulu has witnessed much within the last century. Waikïkï, once the royal residence and exclusive playground of chiefs has become a world-famous tourist destination. The ancient fishing village has been transformed into the bustling capital city of the state of Hawaii and financial center of the Pacific Rim. A tangled network of streets and avenues evolved into a major freeway complex which bisects the city and its arteries feed thousands upon thousands of commuters from outlying communities into downtown Honolulu each day. Honolulu is also a place where the past andpresent coexist; a place where 'Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States, which was used as the official residence of Hawaiian Monarchs, stands amidst towering high rises.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566477598
  • Publisher: Mutual Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/16/2006
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 986,709
  • Product dimensions: 11.38 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

MacKinnon Simpson grew up in a small farmhouse outside the rural village of Pottersville, New Jersey. On July 4, 1970, Simpson marched in his last parade with the Pottersville Volunteer Fire Company, and headed west to Hawai'i, where he immersed himself in the history of these islands. He served as historian and exhibit designer for the Hawai'i Maritime Center on Pier 7, and has researched, authored, and designed more than twenty books and scores of articles. He is an alumnus of Princeton University and is the father of two superb writers in their own right, Malia and Alika.
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