POSTED: 12 OCTOBER 2007 - 7:00am HST

Hawaii Before the Crowds

image above: 1956 photo by Helen Lind looking towards Waikiki Beach and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Lind family photos tell of Hawaii's past

image above: recent photo by Juan Wilson of Waikiki Beach and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

by Juan Wilson on 26 October 2007
I recently ran across a website operated by Ian Lind since 1999. He says of the website:

"This project dates back to 1999 when I started to chronicle what was expected to be the closing of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, where at that time I was an investigative reporter. The end was supposed to come in 60 days. But politics intervened, the newspaper didn't close (although we parted ways 18 months later) and has continued a meandering path through Hawaii's politics, media, and more."

In 2006 Ian stumbled upon a collection of photos taken by his mother, Helen Lind. They span from the 1940's to the 1960's and include images of Oahu, Maui and Kauai. Ian writes on his website:

"I recently dug out several boxes of slides buried in an almost inaccessible corner of a storage room at my parents' home in Honolulu. The photos were taken by my mother over a period of years. She's now age 92, and these slides have been stored in Hawaii's hot and sometimes humid climate for fifty years, suffering somewhat as a result. But I'll be scanning those that survived and will continue growing this collection."

Helen Lind's photos reveal a past that older residents still remember. Youngsters may never know what was lost as population grew and progress ground forward. They will see a another Hawaii revealed as the population boom recedes.

image above: 1957 photo by Helen Lind of the Hawaiian Village Lagoon in Waikiki, on Oahu

image above: 1960 photo by H. Lind of the undeveloped Kaanapali Coast on Maui

image above: 1963 photo by H. Lind in of the meadows between Kilauela and Hanalei, on Kauai

image above: 1963 photo by H. Lind in of the main highway in Haena, on Kauai