Honokaa Town, the book

Newly available from the Images of America historical book series, Laura Ruby and Ross Stephenson take a visual and descriptive trip back in time to explore the origins and development of a small Big Island town. Join them for the journey as they explain how it came to be a crossroads of local and global culture and became, and remains, quintessentially Hawaiian.

"Walk down Mamane Street, the heart of Honokaa Town, and step back into the late 19th and early 20th century. Honokaa’s single wall, wooden “plantation-era” buildings are as much a symbol of Hawaii to local people as Diamond Head is to tourists. The commercial buildings have their emblematic false fronts and totan (corrugated iron) cladding. They contained (and still contain) “Mom and Pop” businesses that were founded upon personal relationships, required the labor of whole families, and provided for the education of the next generation. The small size of the town encouraged cross-pollination of peoples, sugar workers, paniolos (cowboys), coffee farmers, homesteaders, all came to Honokaa."

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Also available from the authors: Honolulu Town, the book. Trace the development of a small fishing village as it evolved into a center of influence, trade, and tourism, and became the most bustling city in the Hawaiian Islands.