Mystery houses, 1906.


[The digital images currently available are as i have previously lamented over not terribly clear. Even if images scanned from the originals would not be “photo quality,” it would still give us much more of a connection than with what we have here.

Would anyone know where these four houses stood, who they belonged to, and if they are still standing today?]

(Kuokoa, 10/26/1906, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLV, Helu 43, Aoao 2. Okatoba 26, 1906.

2 thoughts on “Mystery houses, 1906.

  1. The top 2 photos are unfortunately not immediately recognizable, but the bottom left picture is the Albert Afong home at Nuuanu Ave. and School St., which was later the Chun Hoon Supermarket and today is a strip mall. (The photo is by L. E. Edgeworth). The bottom right is the August Ahrens home at Wilder Ave. (left) and Piikoi St. (right), with a Honolulu Rapid Transit Co. (HRT) electric streetcar. This picture was published as a hand-tinted postcard at that time, presumably to show how modern Honolulu was, with fine homes and streetcars.

    Both houses, like nearly all of the grand homes that once existed in Honolulu, are long gone today.

  2. Some of the large private Honolulu homes of the late 1800s turned into hotels or rooming houses in the early 1900s. Some of these were the Courtland, the Pleasanton, the MacDonald, and the Colonial. I believe the photo at top right could possibly be the Colonial Hotel, which I think was on Beretania Street. It was a hotel by 1908, which means even at the time these pictures were published in Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, it might no longer have been a private home anymore.

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