Nearly 40 years ago, a 22-year old artist decided
to document the changing landscape of Honolulu's
most famous neighborhood...Waikiki. That artist was local photographer Eric
Yanagi. Thanks to a state grant, Yanagi
completed the year-long project in 1973. His focus was on the community that
was living in a rapidly developing Waikiki. Now he’s compiled a collection of his
photographs that are on display at UH Manoa, “Framing Paradise: Photography
One of Yanagi’s biggest regrets was not
keeping a record of the names and stories behind the images. Calling on help from the Star Advertiser, he
published several portraits, asking for community help to put names to faces.
The article has gotten several responses and information is still pouring
in. Yanagi even discovered the story
behind one of his favorite photographs.
It's of an older man, leaning back at a bus stop bench, a mandolin in
one hand and a wide grin creeping across his face.
“Framing Paradise: Photography and Waikiki” will be on display at the University of Hawaii
Art Gallery through December 7.
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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)