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Rare and Early Photographs in a Kapa Cloth Album.
Hawaii: Oahu, Maui 1912 - Honolulu, 1912. Early album of original photographs from O'ahu island, mostly centering around Honolulu, with a scant few taken in Maui, featuring significant places, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, others which no longer exist today. 8vo. Handcrafted Hawaiian kapa cloth oblong album, made from wauke bark, string-tied with red tinted leather, contains 56 silver gelatin and sepia photographs, mounted double sided onto 18 brown paper leaves, with occasional manuscript captions. Dedication inscription to front leaf is dated 25 December 1912. Photographs vary in sizes, the smallest being 3 x 3 inches, the largest 4.5 x 3.5 inches, and three panoramic formats being 2.5 x 6.5 inches. Two photographs curled and creased, a scant few with yellow spotting, otherwise in very good condition, a rare and early collection of views in any state. A splendid visual tour of Oahu with rare archival photographs dated only twelve years after the Republic of Hawai'i became a Territory of the United States, Moanalua park is featured with a few pleasing views, including that of a Japanese stone monument which appears to no longer be there. The park was inherited by Samuel Mills Damon in 1844 from Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Hawaiian princess and heiress of King Kamehameha I. Particularly arresting is a nostalgic view of Waikiki beach one hundred years ago, when it was a tranquil paradise with but one long foot pier reaching into Hanauma bay, and a scant few buildings spotting the shoreline, Diamond Head volcano being clearly visible without obstruction of commercial development in the background. Also rare are the images of the original Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Club and the thatched roof dance pavilion (lanai) on Queen Emma's estate, in Honolulu, which had opened only four years earlier in 1908 by two 'malihini' (stranger or visitor), one of whom was Alexander Hume Ford. An agreement such as this was considered most unlikely by indigenous inhabitants as this was considered the most historic bit of ground in Honolulu, being the very place that Kamehameha the Great and his warriors had landed their canoes to subsequently conquer the Island of Oahu. The queen, however, granted the foreigners a twenty year lease with terms requiring that all people young and old, men and women, would be taught how to surf the waves, a sport which she had become so fond of. The famous and exquisite Moana Hotel is photographed, also known as the First Lady of Waiki-ki-, which was the first large hotel in Waikiki, opening its doors to guests in 1901. The album also contains a view of the historic Haleiwa Hotel, the finest hotel in Haleiwa, built by Benjamin Dillingham and opened in 1898, which generated tourism and new commerce and in the area. No longer standing, the hotel was located where 'Haleiwa Joe's' restaurant is today. Many of the other original business buildings still remain in tact in Haleiwa town. (haleiwa means "house of the frigate bird") In Honolulu further photographs include Date Palm Drive (later known as Royal Palm Drive, now simply Palm Drive), The residence of Princess Ruth Luka Keanolani Kauanahoahoa Ke'eliko-lani (1826-1883) which in 1887 became the first of the Kamehameha Schools, the King Kamehameha Statue erected in 1883, a view of the terrace of the 'Iolani Palace, a lively event at the Boat Club on Regatta Bay, and the beautiful bungalow which the photographers 'Fay & Tom' called home, complete with a Japanese housemaid, and a Portuguese gardener. Scenes of the island's natural history include a view of the Nu'uanu Pali pass which traverses the Ko'olau mountain range, the volcanic tuff cone known as Diamond Head, date and coconut palms, water buffalo, and empty beaches. Hawaiian tradition is captured in photographs of a grass hut, hula dancers, and civilians gathering seaweed. From the island of Maui, we find views of Lahaina beach and a coconut grove, as well as Lahainaluna School, founded in 1831 as a Protestant
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