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From Swanky Franky to backyard bomb shelters: More views of Hawaii in the 1940s

February 17th, 2013 · 8 Comments

I’m still coming across old photographs among my mother’s papers and making quick scans using my iPhone and an app called “CamScanner.” The results aren’t bad at all for sharing on the web. This photo from 1940 shows my dad, John Lind, on the right, sitting in front of one of the Swanky Franky hot […]

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Tags: History · Photographs

The real story behind those photos of Duke Kahanamoku’s visitors

December 13th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Back in August, I posted a series of photographs of a lifesaving demonstration at Makapuu, and a reception at the old Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki. The events seemed to revolved around several visitors, including this blond beauty. The visitors were escorted by Duke Kahanamoku, giving the event a certain pizzaz. The problem was that […]

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Tags: History · John Lind Collection · Photographs

Chinese food for Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2009 · 7 Comments

The good news was that we arrived well before lunch and found my dad sitting at a table with three other men in the third-floor common room of his nursing home. Small paper turkeys decorated the walls, signaling that Thanksgiving had arrived. There was a little sign on the table in front of him, a […]

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Tags: Aging & dementia

Surfing history: A few copies of “The Surfer”, newsletter of the Waikiki Surf Club from the 1950s

November 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I just found a file among my father’s papers containing several issues of the Waikiki Surf Club newsletter (“The Surfer”) from the period 1954-56. These are very informal and simple, typed sheets, 1-3 pages each. They introduce new members, name club officials, congratulate teams in various competitions, recognize births, birthdays, and members leaving the islands, […]

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