Visiting Kilauea Volcano in 1847

This month in history — November 1847 — the Polynesian described a three-day journey to Kilauea Volcano’s summit, which meant a chilly, voggy thirty-mile horseback ride and an overnight stay through camping or living in a grass hut.

With other travelers, an editor of the Polynesian made the three-week trip: sailing from Honolulu, climbing up and down Kilauea, and sailing home for $50.

Read more about his journey in “A Trip to the Crater of Kilauea.”

“A Trip to the Crater of Kilauea”
Polynesian, November 6, 1847, Page 98

The Beginning of Waikiki Aquarium

This month in history — January 1903 — developers planned an aquarium in Kapiolani Park to attract visitors.

Today, the Waikiki Aquarium educates the public about the ocean and encourages environmental conservation. The second-largest aquarium in the United States, the Waikiki Aquarium is also a research unit of the University of Hawaii.

Read more about the aquarium’s beginning in “Will Build Aquarium for the Sea Beach.”

“Will Build Aquarium for the Sea Beach”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, January 15, 1903, Image 1