17 Rare Photos From Hawaii That Will Take You Straight To The Past

From the first Europeans visiting the islands in 1778 and the establishment of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1795 to Hawaii’s admittance to the United States of America in 1959, the Hawaiian Islands are steeped in history, heritage, and culture. The Aloha State has undoubtedly undergone monumental change throughout its history, and these rare photos from Hawaii will take you on a journey back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s when monarchy thrived and life was simpler.

Hawaii sure has changed quite a bit since these photographs were taken, don’t you think? Do you have any rare photos from Hawaii to share with us? Share your opinions with us in the comments, then click here to discover 13 Places Where You Can Still Experience Old Hawaii.

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Hawaii In History

December 28, 2020

How long were the islands united as the Kingdom of Hawaii? 

The Kingdom of Hawaii was established in 1795 by King Kamehameha the Great through a series of conquests that brought all of the Hawaiian Islands except Kauai and Niihau under his control. The islands of Kauai and Niihau were ceded to Kamehameha through peaceful negotiations in 1810 and he became the undisputed ruler of the entire island chain. The Kingdom was overthrown less than 100 years later on January 17, 1893.

When did Hawaii become an American state?

Hawaii became a United States Territory in 1900, though it wasn’t until August 21, 1959, that the island chain became America’s 50th State. The history of the Hawaiian Islands dates back much, much further though: the island chain was inhabited for more than 1,000 years before English explorer Captain James Cook “discovered” the islands in 1778. Later, in 1887, the United States government was granted permission to establish a naval base in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor, but it wasn’t until after World War II that Hawaii would begin its long journey to statehood.

Where can you go to experience the history of Hawaii?

With such a storied past, the Hawaiian Islands are undoubtedly home to countless incredible sites that tell the history of these beautiful islands. From Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, a place of refuge nestled along the coast of Hawaii Island to the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, where leprosy patients were sent to live in isolation, these 13 spots are some of the most unique historic sites in the Aloha State. And if you’d rather journey back in time to the Hawaii of yesteryear for yourself, here are 13 places where you can still experience old Hawaii.