National Geographic : 1954 May
62 A Mammoth Planting Machine Digs Furro Two decades of mechanization have halved sugar's f; smaller acreage. Loaded with bagged cane, this tract Pearl Harbor, where 2,335 lost their lives in the first major foreign attack on United States soil since the War of 1812, is one of our largest naval bases (page 604). Its his toric role on that December 7th, 1941, is commemorated by a flag flown from a plat form built over the battleship Arizona, still resting where Japanese bombs sank her. On days when a big battleship or carrier ties up at Pearl (page 584), white-clad sailors on liberty dot the city like snowflakes. Some rent horses and gallop along Diamond Head bridle paths, their bell-bottomed trou sers flapping like cowboy chaps. From downtown Smith Street, where 4 (astle and Cooke, Ltd. iws and Drops Sugar-cane Joints as Seed arm-labor force and increased production, despite a or plants 15 acres a day on Ewa Plantation, Oahu. Negro performers play Iixieland jazz, to Waikiki's Hawaiian entertainment, transients find music, dancing, and everything to drink from Japanese sake to obscure South Seas punches served in coconut shells (pages 590 and 591). Gaiety goes on until 1 in the morning. Honoluluans start to work at 8, quit at 4, in a local version of daylight saving that leaves time to play tennis, fish, or gar den. We who live here tend to forget the beauty around us, rarely swim at Waikiki. To us, Honolulu is just another home town. Meet a plane inbound from Honolulu in a chilly San Francisco dawn, and you can spot my townsmen. They are the ones without leis.