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Waikiki, literally "spouting water," is the name of what was once a lush wetland area where three mountain streams met the Pacific Ocean. Under the care of Native Hawaiians, it was a place of rich, sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. With changes brought by Western settlement, Waikiki was transformed into one of the most popular beachfront tourist destinations in the world. With a topography featuring Diamond Head, the pristine Pacific Ocean, and the expansive Kapi‘olani Park, recreation has often reigned in Waikiki. However, it was once a place of small neighborhoods, familyowned shops, restaurants, and lei stands. As locals met foreigners, Waikiki's landscape changed from rural to urban. Today an estimated 65,000 tourists visit Waikiki each day. A big city or small town, Waikiki is many things to many people.
ISBN: 9780738548807
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Hawaii
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kai White and Jim Kraus have a combined residency of over 50 years in Hawai‘i. White is a candidate for a master's degree in American studies and holds a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Kraus is professor of English at Chaminade University in Honolulu; he is also a poet and nature writer. In this new volume, they have gathered together more than 200 images from such sources as the Hawai‘i State Archives, the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai‘i to illustrate the story of Waikiki.
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