Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kamehameha Day 1944

Ian Lind has unearthed some classic photographs taken on Waikiki Beach during WWII, that feature Duke Kahanamoku, George Downing, Tarzan Smith and some beach beauties displaying trophies from King Kamehameha Day, June 1944.

Ian wrote of the photographs that they were "among the old photos and clippings in my father’s collection... the [photographs were] taken by a U.S. Army Signal Corps photographer under the authority of the commanding general at Fort Shafter, and cleared by military censors for public release, according to a stamp on the back. This appears to place it during the period of martial law in Hawaii, which extended from December 7, 1941 through late 1944. Note the barbed wire fencing in the background, the only visible sign of the wartime conditions."

Please visit Ian's website for more details on the pictures, additional photographs and comments about them:

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