For Hawaii Lovers, A Peek at Waikiki in 1945

Old Sep 16th, 2010, 06:02 PM
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For Hawaii Lovers, A Peek at Waikiki in 1945

I was searching the internet on another subject and came upon this site completely by accident. It contains a short video clip of VJ Day, August 14, 1945 along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. For those of you who have visited Hawaii and know Waikiki as a hectic, busy, tourist destination filled with hotels and high end shops, this is a glimpse of Waikiki in days gone by.

This was filmed before I was born and I only remember the area when commercial development began. Who knew there were houses across from the Moana Hotel? It was a fascinating look at the past for me and I thought other Fodorites who love Hawaii may also find this interesting. Credits go to the father of Richard Sullivan who filmed these scenes.
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Old Sep 16th, 2010, 06:53 PM
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Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing.
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Old Sep 16th, 2010, 07:34 PM
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That was really great! Thank you so much! I just walked Kalakaua Avenue (by the Surfrider) less than a week ago. My, has it changed.
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Old Sep 16th, 2010, 07:34 PM
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wow! That is very cool- thank you for sharing
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Old Sep 16th, 2010, 09:58 PM
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Wonderful. Thank you -- we all enjoyed it (me, DH and 23-year old DD). (Besides the content, the quality is actually phenomenal for a 65-year old film!)
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Old Sep 17th, 2010, 10:50 AM
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I sent the link to my dad to see if it brings back memories - he would have been about 10 or 11 then.

One of his favorite recollections is how he and my uncle earned money by shining shoes for the GIs - and they always made sure to be out right after payday because that's when they got the big tips.
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Old Sep 17th, 2010, 12:46 PM
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That was wonderful. Loved the music and the words on the screen. thanks you to all who have served in any war. How thrilling it must have been for them to know that the fighting was over. Kalakaua has changed some but not the spirit. Thanks again. Will share with others
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Old Sep 17th, 2010, 08:23 PM
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Thanks for posting this. It's great. I lived there the year of 1955 after my husband was transferred to Schofield from Korea. There still were not a lot of hotels in Waikiki, and we used to eat at Kau Kau Korner.
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Old Sep 17th, 2010, 11:24 PM
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I'm glad you all enjoyed the video as much as I did. It was great seeing the old Waikiki Theater, but it was those houses across the Moana Hotel that got me. I always knew that area as the International Marketplace. And the lush greenery of Waikiki in some of those shots!

carolyn, I ate at Kau Kau Korner too. Ever eat at the nearby KC Drive In by the Ala Wai canal with its car hop service?
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Old Sep 18th, 2010, 04:57 PM
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Curiousgeo, I don't remember the KC, but we used to go to Ala Moana beach on the weekends before it was developed into the present-day park. My husband and his buddies were all enlisted men, so no one had any money. All we did was go to the beach, eat at each other's houses, and see all the movies in town. Made some good friends, but they were all from the north and teased me unmercifully about my "southern" accent and word usage. Being from Kentucky, I hadn't thought I had a southern accent; and I have always thought "fixing supper" was more accurate than "making dinner." I was very young and could hardly cook a thing, so fixing a meal wasn't so far off base for me. You have brought back some good memories.
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That was wonderful, curiousgeo! Thanks so much for sharing it.

My sister was just a few months old and I was not yet born when that happened but I feel like I knew all about it as my dad and my uncles were all in the service and all but one came back with stories to share. My mom's brother was killed in France. My FIL was actually in Hawaii during the war. He was stationed in Honolulu.
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