Local Photographer Turns Lens Toward Waikiki

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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 and Waikiki.”

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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. 

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“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)