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ala wai canal 1920 to 1928

 

'Ainahau took up quite a number of the current city blocks and was once known for its botanical garden. The photo on the left is the fish pond, which of course was fed by the stream 'Apuakehau.

Ka'iulani died when she was quite young in 1899. When her father Archibald Cleghorn died about ten years later, he willed 'Ainahau to the city of Honolulu. He had wanted the garden to become a park. This period coincided with the burgeoning industry of tourism. Walter Dillingham and the city were scheming the dredging of the Ala Wai Canal. Once the streams were cut off with the canal, anyone with real estate in Waikiki stood to make a lot of money.

see aerial photo of ala wai dredging

So greed raises its nasty head and the city of Honolulu did not honor Cleghorn's will. They sold off 'Ainahau to investors.