National Geographic : 1960 Jul
Hawaii, U. S. A. It is this distance that makes "boat day" important. In the time of sail, a lookout known as Diamond Head Charlie was posted on that landmark and galloped his horse into town upon sighting a ship. When radio cost Charlie his job, there was still good reason to shut up shop and go down to see the boat come in. Then, too, there are special boat days. More than one housewife now living in Hono lulu caught the first glimpse of her husband to-be from the rail of the "teachers' boat." Each year it brings a new crop of teachers for the public schools, to be greeted by a band of bachelor "inspectors." The "school boat" is the sailing in early September that carries youngsters off to mainland colleges. While the arrival and departure of as many as 234 transpacific aircraft a week have de prived boat day of its past significance, Honolulu still turns out in force for the com ings and goings of the graceful Matson luxury liners (page 22). The white-coated Royal Hawaiian band plays buoyantly at dockside, hula dancers undulate amid paper streamers thrown from ship to shore, and many a tear is shed. Castle Trail Climbs Through History Visitors who enjoy walking may leave the surf-embroidered beaches and hike up the Castle Trail. It provides an easy ascent of the Koolau Range, a backbone of Oahu. Recently my wife and I set out upon this trail with our children, Mike and Louli, and our family dog, an amiable boxer named Moki. Starting near sea level amid groves of eucalyptus and Java plum, we followed a series of switchbacks, climbing through guava and lantana, pandanus and wild taro, from which the old Hawaiians made their poi. Atop what natives call "Pig God" ridge, the trees gave way to hardy koa and kukui, whose oily nuts were once burned for light. Barefoot balloter votes on Kauai Island in Hawaii's first election after statehood HIGH SPEED EKTACHROMEAND KODACHROME(OPPOSITE) BY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERTHOMASNEBBIA © N.G.S.