ala wai canal 1920 to 1928

Photograph by Samuel Houghton Cox 1914, Hawai'i State Archive


Adelaide Ka`ai, 85 years old
(from University of Hawai'i Oral History Program)

"Where the Ala Wai (Canal) is (today) was all swamp. All that area was swamp down to Kalakaua (Avenue)...

...there were no houses, just a few houses here and there, but was all swamp with those tall weedy things and ducks... Just get off the streetcar and go through the bulrushes and find, (chuckles) and come home holding our blouses full of duck eggs..."