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Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

The Ala Wai Canal

 

—Waikīkī Historic Trail —

 
The Ala Wai Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2008
1. The Ala Wai Canal Marker
Inscription. Ala Wai (freshwater way) Canal was at the heart of the Waikīkī Reclamation Project launched in the early 1900s “to reclaim an unsanitary and most unsightly portion of the city.” The duck farms and the millions of mosquitoes that stagnant ponds bred were the culprits. Residents complained, the Territorial government responded, and work began in 1922. With the canal’s completion in 1928, the taro and rice fields, the fish and duck ponds, all vanished. The reclaimed acres turned into the house lots which eventually turned into apartments, stores, restaurants, hotels—and one of the world’s greatest destination areas.

Although the primary use of the Ala Wai is to provide drainage of water flowing into Waikīkī, the Canal also provides recreational space for canoe paddlers, boaters, joggers, and sightseers throughout its history.

Begun in 1995, the Hawai‘i Convention Center is the largest public building of its kind in Hawai‘i. It is situated on 10 acres of land, contains more than one million square feet of floor space, three acres of gardens, a 200,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, 100,000 square feet of meeting rooms, and a 36,000 square foot ballroom! Funded by the State of Hawai‘i, this world class facility truly captures Waikīkī’s “Hawaiian Sense of Place”
The Ala Wai Canal and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2008
2. The Ala Wai Canal and Marker
in its design, materials, gardens and art forms.

The site of this marker is located along a historically significant promenade which has been enhanced to restore and preserve its historic use for pedestrians along the Ala Wai Canal.
 
Erected by The Hawaii Convention Center. (Marker Number 19.)
 
Location. 21° 17.35′ N, 157° 50.106′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is on Kalahaua AVenue south of Kapiolani Boulevard, on the right. Touch for map. In the shadow of the Convention Center at the Ala Wai promenade. Marker is in this post office area: Honolulu HI 96826, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort DeRussy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kaha ha ʻlo me nā Makani (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Story of Kālia (approx. 0.3 miles away); King David Kalākaua (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rainbow Mural (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kālia Bay (approx. half a mile away); Kuroda Field (approx. half a mile away); “Brothers in Valor” Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
 
More about this marker. Four photographs are reproduced on the marker. At the top “Chinese
The Ala Wai Canal Promenade image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2008
3. The Ala Wai Canal Promenade
duck farm, Waikiki, circa 1910.” Then “It took six year to dredge the Ala Wai Canal and reclaim the land that would become modern Waikiki.” “For years families rented boats on the Ala Wai Canal. This photo from about 1955 was taken near the McCully Street Bridge.” And “These apartments, as seen from the Ala Moana bridge offered a pleasant lifestyle with easy access to the ocean and beaches in 1948.”
 
Additional keywords. Waikiki, Hawaii
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The Hawai’i Convention Center image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2008
4. The Hawai’i Convention Center
“Gift of Water” by Shigeharu Yamada image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2008
5. “Gift of Water” by Shigeharu Yamada
This 1997 bronze sculpture at the entrance to the Hawaii Convention Center is 12½ feet high.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,806 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 1, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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