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A collection of postcards, photos, slides, and other ephemera from the last decade or so of the Territorial Era that ended when Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959. Was that really over 50 years ago?

The idea behind this collection was to create a remembrance of what island life was like during that last magical moment when Hawaii was one of the remotest spots on earth. It took over 9 hours to reach by propellor airplane from the US west coast or 5 days by ship.

I was a young haole boy in the Honolulu public schools during the 1950s and 60s and I treasure my memories of that pre-jet age time and place.

Maemae Elementary 1957

Vintage of photos is based on:
1. Postmark or other date on photo
2. "T.H." or "Territory of Hawaii" in addresses
3. Distinctive development, landmarks, automobiles, and fashions in the picture
4. Release dates of films advertised on movie marquees
5. Postal zone number instead of zip code in addresses
6. Printing style and publisher

Most of the photos in this collection are from the post World War II territorial era - between 1945 and 1959 - but several outside that time frame are included for historical perspective.

I appreciate comments or mail from Flickr members, especially with additional information on the photos or any corrections. I've learned a lot about the territory since posting this collection.

You can click the albums at right to see photos by topic or click
- Tags to find by keyword
- Photostream to view by upload date.

Please check back, I add new stuff all the time.

Mahalo!

Waikiki Beach
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Waikiki Beach

269 photos

Waikiki Hotels

Waikiki Hotels

223 photos

Waikiki Town
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Waikiki Town

330 photos

Honolulu

Honolulu

278 photos

Restaurants

Restaurants

161 photos

Getting There

Getting There

157 photos

Military Life

Military Life

97 photos

Hulas & Luaus

Hulas & Luaus

61 photos

Surfing

Surfing

15 photos

Oahu

Oahu

91 photos

Big Island

Big Island

99 photos

Maui

Maui

46 photos

Kauai

Kauai

42 photos