History buffs, this one’s for you with a sentimental journey of Hawaii 1940s. There is no doubt that the Hawaiian Islands have undergone monumental changes throughout the years. Life in Hawaii in the 1940s, in particular, was drastically different than it is today. Not only was World War II in full effect after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor but Hawaii was an American territory, not a state. Taken during the 1940s, these 13 historic Hawaii photos will give you a glimpse into this decade of uncertainty. Ready to take a step back in time?

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Have you seen any of these unique, Hawaii 1940s images before? What about the haunting footage taken during the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor?

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What are the oldest attractions in Hawaii?

Take a look at these six must-see historic landmarks in the charming town of Lahaina, Hawaii.

  • Waiola Church (535 Waine'e St., Lahaina, Hawaii) Built between 1828 and 1832, this interesting site of a historic mission will celebrate 200 years on May 27, 2023. Find out more about this cool event on Waiola Church's website.
  • Banyan Tree (671 Front St., Lahaina, Hawaii) The remarkable oldest-living Banyan Tree on Maui is located at Lahaina Banyan Court Park next to the harbor. The tree is more than 150 years old.
  • Hale Aloha (636 Luakini St., Lahaina, Hawaii) Otherwise known as House of Love, is a beautiful rebuilt structure constructed in 1974. It was originally built in 1858 as a tribute to God. Read more about the building's history on the Lahaina Restoration website.
  • Old Prison (187 Prison St., Lahaina, Hawaii) Construction began on Hale Pa’ahao which means "stuck-in-irons house" in 1852 to control the whalers running rampant through the town during whaling season. It is now an interesting outdoor museum and botanical garden free to visit.
  • Old Lahaina Lighthouse (675 Wharf Street, Lahaina, Hawaii) Standing proudly at the edge of Lahaina Harbor, Old Lahaina Lighthouse has been safely guiding ships and other vessels to the landing for almost two centuries. Discover more on the Lahaina Restoration website.
  • Pioneer Inn (658 Wharf St., Lahaina, Hawaii) The historic Pioneer Inn dates back to 1901. Beautifully renovated without losing the building’s original charm, and now a Best Western property, the inn magically captures that long-ago spirit of Lahaina’s whaling and plantation history.

 

What is the most popular restaurant in Hawaii?

Mama’s Fish House is one of Hawaii’s most famous eateries and in 2017 it was named the absolute best restaurant in Hawaii by Hawaii Magazine's 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. This beach-front restaurant, which you might call an oasis, has fresh, local produce delivered daily, keeping a taste of Maui in every bite. One menu item, the New Zealand King Salmon, features rum-baked banana and charred Maui Gold pineapple. Can you believe all of that imagination baked into a scrumptious entree? Due to its popularity and excellent cuisine, the restaurant is booked months in advance, so plan ahead and reserve a table today on Mama's Fish House's website.