was the home of thousands of self-sustaining farmers. They cultivated
taro and fish in the wetlands fed by three streams that flowed from
the valleys of Makiki, Manoa, and Palolo. Some Hawaiian royals also
spent time there in their summer homes. Many early colonists built
homes near the royals. Many of these same colonists helped to dispossess
the Waikiki farmers from their homes - first through instilling
a system of private land ownership that the farmers had no understanding
of, then by drying up their farms by forcibly severing the streams
that fed them.
the late 1920's, Waikiki was on its way to becoming the home of the
tourist industry that we know today. Through advertisements in magazines
like the National Geographic and in movies like Blue Hawai'i, an
exotic phantasmic Waikiki was made at home in imaginations around
the world. In 2002 6.7 million tourists left their homes to come.
Waikiki became known as a place solely for leisure and play - erasing
the lives of those who once made their homes here, and obscuring
the lived realities of those who work and those who live in Waikiki
today. Because, or in spite of the tourist industry, thousands of
people still make their homes here. Teachers, cashiers, surf instructors,
accountants, cooks. military personnel, sex workers, retirees...
as it is actually experienced rather than the one that is sold,
is the home base of this project.
again from the beginning