ala wai canal 1920 to 1928



“Where the parking lot for the Honolulu Zoo is now was once a marsh that exited to the ocean at the end of Kapahulu Avenue. As kids, we would build ‘tin canoe boats’ from galvanized iron sheets we ‘borrowed’ from construction sites. We would nail a 2-by-4 to the front as a bow and a bigger piece in the back, add an outrigger made from hau trees, which at that time were abundant, and sometimes a sail. We would seal the pukas with tar from the road that we would scrape up on hot days. Once, as a 12-year-old, I was off Waikiki fishing in my tin canoe boat with a sail, and I fell asleep and was awakened by a loud blast from a Coast Guard boat. They wanted to know what in tarnation I was doing about three miles out to sea in my little T.C.B.”

Dermot J. Ornelles, Honolulu
from Honolulu Advertiser, Feb. 20, 2000