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Art Dokumentation of Diamond Head

Back to Part I – Diamond Head History

Der Diamond Head hat eine bewegte Geschichte. Nicht nur damals für Tier und Natur wo er früher vielen Vögeln Schutz anbot, so auch fürs Militär zur Bewachung der Insel ein Stützpunkt war und nun ein Ausflugziel für die Touristen ist, war Diamond Head schon immer eine Inspiration für Künstler und Fotografen. Diamond Head wurde auf verschiedene Arten auf Leinwände gemalt und millionenfach fotografiert. Seine Eigenart und Pracht zieht jeglichen Menschen in den Bann und in Faszination. In den folgenden Gemälden und Fotos kann man deutlich die Entwicklung von Oahu miterleben und man sieht klar wie Honolulu entsteht. Mit diesen Bildern, möchte ich die Veränderung aufzeigen und dich auf eine Zeitreise mitnehmen. Die Bilder sprechen für sich:

Lēahi, or as visitors refer to as Diamond Head, has a colorful history. Lēahi once offered protection to many birds, not only for animals and nature; the location is also a military base to guard the east end of Oahu. Diamond Head is also a popular visitor destination and has always been an inspiration for artists and photographers. Diamond Head was painted on canvas in various ways and photographed millions of times. Its peculiarity and splendor cast a spell over everyone and their fascination to the Hawaiian landmark. In the following paintings and photos, one can clearly see the development of Oahu and one sees clearly how Honolulu arises. With these images, I want to show the change and take you on a journey through time. The pictures speak for themselves:

Honolulou Looking to Diamond Head, China Export School oil on canvas painting, c. 1851, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Wife of Whaling Captain created this drawing about 1855 Connecticut Historical Society Image
Diamond Head from Waikiki, oil on canvas painting by Enoch Wood Perry, Jr., c. 1865, Bernice P. Bishop Museum
View of Honolulu from Punchbowl, oil on canvas painting by Ejler Andreas Jorgensen, 1875, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and Helumoa Coconut Grove, Honolulu by Charles Furneaux, circa 1880-1885, oil on panel
Diamond Head from Waikiki; Gideon Jacques Denny (1830–1886) Oel painted 1882 – Bishop Museum
Hawaiians at Rest, Waikiki, oil on canvas painting by Joseph Dwight Strong, c. 1884
Diamond Head, Honolulu, 1888, watercolor, by Edward Clifford (1844–1907)
Canoes at Diamond Head — 1890 oil on canvas painting of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head; by Edward Bailey (1814-1903)
‚Hawaiian Fisherman near Diamond Head‘, oil on canvas painting by Joseph Dwight Strong, 1895
George Stratemeyer (American, 1853-1909) with this oil on canvas titled ‘Waikiki Beach, (Diamond Head), Oahu, Hawaii, 1895
Waves with Diamond Head in Background by Grace Hudson, 1901, oil sketch on canvas, Honolulu Museum of Art
Diamond Head from Tantalus, oil on canvas painting by Alexander Scott, c.1906-8
Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach by Lionel Walden, 1918, oil on canvas, Hawaii State Art Museum
All rights by Eric Johansen, electronical copy from this page is not allowed
Diamond Head and Waikiki, Artist Eric Johansen, All rights by Eric Johansen, electronic copies of this picture are not allowed. Link: www.eric-johansen.pixels.com
Waikiki in 1859 – Source: Honolulu Advertiser Archives
A view of Diamond Head before Waikiki became tourism’s Waikiki, 1880s
The lone Hawaiian surfer wearing the malo at Waikiki Beach carries one of the last Alaia surf board. The surfer was Charles Kauha. Frank Davey photographed Charles Kauha in 1898 in numerous poses, but none are of Kauha surfing
old canoes at Waikiki beach with Diamond Head.
This view of Diamond Head through Palm trees may have been taken from Honolulu’s Kapiolani Park. 1900-1910
Taro field with the view of Diamond Head. Year is unknowned
Shot in the 1920s, this aerial view of Waikīkī shows a relatively unaltered coast. The harbor has not yet been dredged and much of the land is still dense and natural. This view of Diamond Head really gives proof of the meaning behind the landmark’s Hawaiian name, Le‘ahi.

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