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Royal Hawaiian hotel at Waikiki

Date: 1928
Overall: 108 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00003414

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    A black and white photpograph of the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii with the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in the background and an outrigger canoe being paddled in the foreground.
    As a training ship BRISBANE served mainly in Australian waters, but in August 1928 she visited Honolulu to take part in the sesquicentennial celebrations of the discovery of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands) by Captain James Cook RN.

    SignificanceHMAS BRISBANE was erpresenting Australia duriung the visit to Hawaii in 1928 as part of the celebration commemorating the 150th anniversary of Captain Cook's visit to the islands.
    HistoryThe Royal Hawaiian was opened by the Matson Navigation Company on February 1, 1927 and quickly established itself as the premier hotel of the Hawaiian Islands attracting large crowds and numerous celebrities of the day.
    The idea to celebrate the 150th year of Cook's visit to Hawaii was first raised by the Hawaiian Historical Society in 1925. After discussion it was decided in June 1926 that the idea be presented to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii where in February 1927 it was resolved;
    "That a Sesquicentennial celebration of the discovery of these islands be held during the week of August 15th to 19th, 1928, and that the Government of the Territory respectfully request to the President of the United States to extend a formal invitation to the Government of Britain asking their participation by sending a man-of-war, with delegates representing the Dominions most interested, and that the Federal Government be asked to send represent ivies for the occasion, with the presence of such units of the United States fleet as may be spared."
    - Thirty Sixth Annual Report of the Hawaiian Historical Society for the Year 1927 (with papers read at the annual meeting, February 14th 1928).

    In response to this request, the Royal Australian Navy sent HMAS BRISBANE, at that time a naval training vessel, to Hawaii.

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