These 13 Rare Photos Show Hawaii’s Tourism History Like Never Before

The Hawaiian Islands are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with more than eight million visitors in 2015 – more than five times the total population of Hawaii. And while those numbers haven’t always been so high, the Hawaiian Islands have relied on the booming tourism industry for decades. From cruise ships and airplanes to tourists hanging out in Waikiki and luxury hotels, these 13 rare vintage photographs taken in Hawaii depict the Hawaiian tourism industry like never before.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

If you loved these vintage photos, be sure to check out what Hawaii looked like in the 1930s, 1950s, and 1970s.