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Check Six: Downtown Honolulu in 1950 – 69 years ago

June 2, 2019

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Aloha Tower in the 1950s | click to enlarge

In 1950, Bishop only went to Beretania – with no further mauka extension (it finally popped through and extended/ connected to the Pali Highway and became the windward gateway into “Town”); (the Pali Tunnels and Ala Moana Center weren’t open until 1959.)

Bishop Street was the home of the Big 5. Bishop Street was and continues to be the center of Hawai‘i commerce and banking (in the center of the map, running up/down.) Back in the ‘50s, Fort Street was “it” for shopping (to the left of Bishop Street, also running mauka/makai – now, it’s mostly a pedestrian mall.)

‘Iolani Palace is on the site labeled Territorial Executive Grounds (we’re still nine years away from statehood;) mauka of it had different uses – it’s now the State Capitol and Hotel Street walkway.

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If you enlarge the photograph, you will see several buildings that are still part of the Downtown Honolulu landscape today – Aloha Tower, the Hawaiian Electric power plant, ‘Iolani Palace, City Hall, and Kawaiahaʻo Church

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