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ala wai canal 1920 to 1928

more photos by Ian Lind

 

Kalia Road separates the Hilton Hawaiian Village from the Army's Fort DeRussy and marks the confluence of tourism and militarism, two interdependent expressions of the colonial impulse.

In May 1968, while students and workers half a world away brought France to the edge of revolution, a handful of peace advocates gathered here to greet members of the Hawai'i Army National Guard who had been called to active military duty, with many ordered to serve in Vietnam. The peaceful gathering drew armed police officers with riot control weapons, and ended in the arrests of several people who stepped into the street and sat down as trucks carrying the troops approached.

Fort DeRussy was also the induction center where Hawai'i draftees were processed into the Army during the years of the Vietnam War. It remained a center of controversy throughout the period.

At least one man refused to respond to the call-up. UH student and Manoa resident Richard Tanimura openly opposed the Vietnam War and slipped out of the U.S. several weeks after the DeRussy sit-in, later surfacing in Sweden.