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Selec­tions from Fram­ing Par­adise: Pho­tog­ra­phy and Waikiki

Waikiki Magazine - - ILOVE WAIKIKI -

The place called Waikiki by an­cient Hawai­ians is known through­out the con­tem­po­rary world as a va­ca­tion es­cape promis­ing beaches and bars, shop­ping and sun­sets. In the Hawai­ian lan­guage, Waikiki is the “place of the spout­ing wa­ters,” and it once flour­ished as an area on the is­land of O‘ahu known for its pristinely ac­ces­si­ble aqua­cul­ture and surf. Early Hawai­ians set­tled here and built com­mu­ni­ties sus­tained by the nat­u­ral re­sources avail­able to them. But they would find their Waikiki chang­ing quickly once the beauty and abun­dance of the area was dis­cov­ered by out­siders. Waikiki was once es­teemed for the mana it pos­sessed. But years went by, and Waikiki be­came less the land of the na­tive peo­ple of Hawai‘i and more the place for vis­i­tors. To­day, the water­ways and wet­lands of Waikiki have been re­placed by ho­tels and stores. The beach re­mains, as does Di­a­mond Head in the back­drop. But tourism would even­tu­ally move to the fore­front, and Waikiki would be for­ever changed.

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