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Check Six: Moku‘ume‘ume

May 3, 2019

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Ford Island in 1925 | click to enlarge

Moku‘ume‘ume (meaning “island of strife”) is a small island (approximately 500 acres) located in Pearl Harbor. In 1885, Dr. Seth Porter Ford (namesake for the present reference to the island) took ownership and possession of the island. He sold it in 1891. In 1899, the O‘ahu Sugar Company leased Ford Island and planted about 300-acres of sugarcane; docks were built on the island and on Waipi‘o Peninsula to facilitate transfer of cane harvests by barge on the way to the mill at Waipahu.

In 1917, the War Department negotiated the purchase of the island and established the first independent Army air station in Hawai‘i. In 1919, the new station was officially designated “Luke Field” (named for World War I ace Frank Luke). In 1937, the Army purchased land to construct a new air base that would become Hickam Field )in 1940, the Army moved all operations to Hickam and the Navy took control of the island). In 1962, the Navy officially deactivated Ford Island as an air base.

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