Last month I had a chance to visit Hawaii; it also happens to be the place where I was born and raised, a euphemism for home. Hawaii is the same place that President Obama was born (even in the same hospital) but no one ever raised the birther issue with me. Most tourists look for the white beaches, shopping places, restaurants and bars but I’ve already done that. So what does a returning local do?
Besides visiting relatives and friends it’s always interesting to see what changes have occurred since the last visit and the best way to do that if you have the time is to go on a doorscursion. Fortunately, I found the time while doing some business in the downtown area. After completing my business I took a long walk from town to the condo we stayed at and passed some buildings from Hawaii’s past as well as the only Palace in the United States, the Iolani Palace, and the Kawaiahao Church to name a few places. I’ll do other posts featuring these historic buildings and doors in the future.
As I began the doorscursion I came across the Alexander and Baldwin Building, there are a few of these buildings still standing in the downtown area. Alexander and Baldwin was known as one of the Big Five companies in the islands, not Hawaii 5 or HI 5. Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. is an American company that was once part of the Big Five companies in territorial Hawaii. The company today operates businesses in real estate, sugarcane, and diversified agriculture. It was also the last “Big Five” company to cultivate sugarcane. It remains one of the State of Hawaii’s largest private landowners, owning over 87,000 acres (35,000 ha) throughout the state. In addition, the company owns 47 income properties in Hawaii and the continental United States. https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/ALEX?ltr=1. I think the sugar growing and refining business has fallen on hard times as I don’t see any sugar cane fields anymore or sugar refineries in Hawaii.
Alexander & Baldwin has its headquarters in downtown Honolulu at the Alexander & Baldwin Building, which was built in 1929. The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum exhibits some of sugarcane company’s history. See the following link about the Big Five companies. Big Five
This was a door from one of the Alexander & Baldwin buildings.
Across the street from the above building was the Bank of the Orient in the Pacific Guardian Center – Bishop Dillingham Transportation Building.
Arches of the Pacific Guardian Center – Bishop Dillingham Transportation Building.
Somewhere in the dark entry there were doors.
I didn’t venture into this entryway to look but this was awaiting visitors.
Pineapples on doors.
Pineapples on “Elevator” Doors
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