Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
—Waikīkī Historic Trail —
If you turn toward the mountains, all the land you see before you extending to the foothills of Mānoa Valley was planted in taro for many centuries. But, as the number of Hawaiian farmers in Waikīkī died off and the demand for poi decreased, by the 1870’s taro production praotically ceased. Successful rice planting experiments led to a kind of “rice fever” which swept of the islands.
Chinese rice planters took over abandoned taro patches and turned Waikīkī into a vast rice plantation. For a few years, rice not sugar, was king in Hawai’i. The disappearance of taro from Waikīkī not only marked an economic change, but a cultural change as well: Hawaiian mythology says the first man was born of Hāloa, the sacred taro plant. The planting and eating of taro was for ancient Hawaiians the
The coconut grove near this historical marker is the oldest and last of its kind in Waikīkī today.
Erected by the Vision Team of Kapahulu, Diamond Head and Waikīkī. (Marker Number 20.)
Location. 21° 17.13′ N, 157° 49.998′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is at the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue and Pau Street, on the right when traveling west on Ala Moana Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Honolulu HI 96815, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. King David Kalākaua (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kaha ha ʻlo me nā Makani (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Story of Kālia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kuroda Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Brothers in Valor” Memorial (approx. The Ala Wai Canal (approx. ¼ mile away); Kãlia Fishponds (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rainbow Mural (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
More about this marker. Three photos reproduced on the marker have the following captions, “Between 1942 and 1945, an estimated 1 million civilian and military personnel passed through Hawai‘i. Ft. DeRussy was a hub of activity.” “Expansive rice paddies blanketed the wetlands of Waikiki in the early 20th Century.” And “Army engineers xxxx to xxxp the island of O‘ahu in the 1910s occupied a tent camp on the beach.”
Additional keywords. Waikiki, Haloa
Categories. • Military •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,800 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 1, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Additional photos of the park • Photos of the Hale Koa Hotel • Can you help?