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Monday, October 16, 2000

It's about time
Photographs often are the best way to show dramatic changes in Hawaii, providing an easy update on landmarks, persons and events. At other times, however, photos showing minimal changes during the years remind us that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Look for examples of big and little changes every Monday in "It's about time," which will inform, update and prod a few memories.

By Terry Luke, Star-Bulletin
Kakaako, the prime urban site long targeted for redevelopment, has
changed drastically in recent years. Shown above was the scene in
1974, looking Ewa, with Ala Moana Boulevard at left. The warehouses
in the middle of the photo were part of the Honolulu Iron Works
complex at South and Auahi streets. Directly in back, the "new"
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building is under
construction. Other landmarks shown then that stand today: the
Hawaiian Electric plant's twin smokestacks in front of the Amfac
building at left, and the Harbor Square condominium
behind the federal building.

This was the scene of Honolulu Iron Works above in 1900 from a
different perspective. Diamond Head can be seen far off in the
background at the right edge.In 1988, Restaurant Row and
Waterfront Plaza opened on the site of Honolulu Iron Works.

By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
This is the scene today, at right, shot from the old Gold Bond Building
on Ala Moana. In the right foreground is CompUSA, which opened
there in 1998. Restaurant Row is in the center, with the federal building
looming behind. At right is Waterfront Towers.

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