INDEX - KAUAI PEOPLEwww.islandbreath.org ID# 0712-10
SUBJECT: THE OLD DAYS
SOURCE: JUAN WILSON email@example.com
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: http://ilind.net
"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 iLind.net 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