rev h. h. gowen : waikiki, 1892
The city, as may
be seen from this sketch, has no lack of picturesque surroundings, and
even the tourist, passing through on his way to Australia, can, during
the brief hours of the steamer's stay, get a very fair idea of the manifold
beauties of Hawaiian scenery.
In qne direction he can take the tramway to Waikiki, where he will find the summer residences, often grass houses, of many of the Honolulu people, placed here on account of the lovely sands and the cocoanut groves, said to be over 200 years old.
There is always plenty of bathing here, with surf swimming and tobogganing into the sea, and when the blue waters are full of black heads, bobbing up and down, there can be no truer picture of the delights of tropical life.
For myself, whether looking out to sea, or along the white coast, or back at the rainbow-spanned valleys, here has always been my realization of the ideal Pacific scenery.
The Paradise of the Pacific
- Sketches of Hawaiian Scenery and Life.
Skeffington and Son, London, 1892.