I’m going to HAWAII tomorrow!!! A stowaway on my dad’s work trip (The Int’l Conference on Law & Society!), I’m excited to explore Oahu and Kauai with my family and to learn more about the diverse history and culture of the islands. I’ve been researching quite a bit over the past few weeks, digging heartily into Hawaii’s history with foreigners, the stores of the former Queen of Hawaii, traditional Hawaiian crafts, master lei-makers, surf culture, and where I can get a new bikini! I hope to get some work done while I’m there, although everyone’s just encouraging me to just relax- it’s paradise! Here’s some fun stuff I’ve come across that’s been particularly intriguing…… ALOHA!
“Seven field workers standing behind a pile of newly harvested pineapples. Behind them stretches a pineapple field, and in the far distance are the Wai‘anae Mountains. Presumably Kunia or Wahiawa, O‘ahu, circa 1930s-1950s.”
“Photographs of divers show the grimy and dangerous conditions of work salvaging ships damaged in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. While the photographs lack captions and dates, related images suggest they document work on the USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma c. 1941″
Some beautiful footage of Hawaii and Tahiti from a 1940 film in the Penn Museum archives.