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Then and Now | Waikiki Coastline

Diamond Head is the iconic cornerstone of Waikiki beach. The profile of this dramatic crater dominates and provides context to countless images throughout the years. This view also serves as a constant against, which we can mark, the passage of time. Though Hawaiʻi’s reputation as the ultimate tropical tourist destination may seem like an enduring historical fact, modern development is all relatively recent. Images like the two below, a painting of Diamond Head from 1865 and a recent photograph, show how fast Hawaiʻi has changed!

Diamond Head

“Diamond Head from Waikiki, oil on canvas painting by Enoch Wood Perry, Jr.,
c. 1865, Bernice P. Bishop Museum”

Moderna Day Waikiki

Modern day Waikiki. Photo credit: Edmund Garman

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