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What Hawaii’s Capital Looked Like In The 1970s May Shock You. Waikiki Especially.

The 1970s were a time of exponential growth throughout the Hawaiian Islands – especially the capital city of Honolulu. A decade had passed since Hawaii became a state, and tourism was a booming industry. With more than 1.7 million visitors each year, many of those in the state’s capital, infrastructure had to be adjusted for this influx in people: high rises were constructed, highways were expanded, and every square foot of space on the island had to be used wisely. Here are 13 photos to show us the enhancement of Honolulu in the 1970s.

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Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii from the mainland two years ago, she has become obsessed with hiking, beach trips, and Kona coffee.