ala wai canal 1920 to 1928



Joe’s restaurant and bar was on what’s now the Hyatt block of Kalakaua. It had a neon sign with the word “Joe’s” written in script which was partly tilted sideways, which I found perplexing as a kid. I’ve never heard the story about haoles being prohibited, but my first impression – which reading Ed Greevy’s story really made me sure of – was that it was not so much that all haole men in general were forbidden, but instead the obnoxious jerk California summer surfers specifically were not allowed in.

Desoto Brown, 2008

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