21 vintage photos of Hawaii from before it became a state

The youngest state is known for its island cuisine

Hop on the next flight to Honolulu
Hawaii became the 50th US state 56 years ago today, when President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii Admission Act on August 21, 1959.

The youngest state is known for its island cuisine, beautiful state parks, distinct cultural traditions, and thriving tourism industry.

These 21 vintage photos will make you want to hop on the next flight to Honolulu.

January 1890 - Locals mill outside 'Iolani Palace, the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Early 1900s - Two local men in their raft rest by the beach at Waikiki Bay, framed by Diamond Head in the background.

1901 - Vendors sell beautiful lei garlands.

1900s - Female hula dancers find a groove.

1900s - The men can hula, too.

A man brings in his pineapple harvest after a long day (date unknown).

1920 - Two couples, one in coattails, dance on the beach in the early morning to the sounds of a ukulele.

1924 - A native Hawaiian dancer performs while other women keep rhythm with gourds.

1925 - Diamond Head looms on the horizon at Waikiki Beach on Oahu.

1925 - A surfer at Waikiki Beach stands on his head as he rides a wave into the shore.


1930 - Four Japanese tourists pose at the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach with a native Hawaiian and his longboard.

1930 - Tourists peer into mouth of Halemaumau or "House of Everlasting Fire," the inner crater of Kilauea, the most active volcano in the world at the time.

January 1932 - A group of Hawaiian girls sit against a tropical background.

July 1934 - The harbor at Honolulu looks serene.

August 1934 - Two former first sons, Franklin Roosevelt Jr., left, and John Roosevelt, right, pose with Duke Kahanamoku, a preeminent figure in Hawaii's surfer lore, in Waikiki, Hawaii.

October 1936 - PanAm Airways employees in Hawaii play golf amongst the albatrosses on a makeshift full-size course on the beach at Midway Island.

November 1940 - Traffic hums at an intersection of King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii.

July 1940 - The US Pacific Fleet returns to Lahaina Roads after engaging in regular drills and maneuvers within 250 miles of Hawaii.

December 1953 - Hawaiian surf riders Buzzy Trent, Woody Brown, and George Downing glide down the advancing front of a 19-foot wave at Makaha, near Waianae, Oahu.

1900s - A Hawaiian woman dances on a grass mat while two other women watch.

Gorgeous pineapple fields stretch for miles (date unknown).


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