What’s your idea of paradise? There’s one place that tops more lists than any other: Hawaii. It’s the number one spot for destination weddings, a favorite for vacationers, a surfing mecca, and perhaps the most well-known tropical getaway there is. But it’s not only the modern day sun, sand, and breathtaking views that make us swoon. Hawaii from decades past, even in faded color or black and white, is just as inspiring. Here, 16 vintage photos of Hawaii that prove it’s always been paradise.
Catching some rays and some waves at Waikiki Beach, 1941. Photo by Charles O’Rear.
U.S. Navy destroyer USS Blue, Pearl Harbor, 1969. Photo by CDR Pete Schonenberg, USN.
Haleiwa Hotel in Waialua, 1920. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Kekaaniauokalani Kalaninuiohilaukapu Pratt.
Waikiki Beach, 1941, “the most popular tourist spot on the island.” Photo by Charles O’Rear.
Merry Christmas from Naval Air Station Barbers Point. Photo, 1958, courtesy of Robert Huffstutter.
Kawaihae grass house, 1889. Photo by William T. Brigham.
Hula. Photo, circa 1890s, courtesy of Hawai’i Vintage Photos.
View of Waikiki Beach from the seat of a helicopter, 1941. Photo by Charles O’Rear.
Top photo of surfer Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki, 1910, by A.R. Gurrey, Jr.
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