Tai Sing Loo Collection

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Tai Sing Loo Collection


Photographs by Tai Sing Loo (1886–1971) in the Hawaiian Historical Society collection. Tai Sing Loo was born in Honolulu. His career in photography began when he went to work for the Gurrey Art Shop in Honolulu in 1909. From there, he took a job with the U.S. Navy in 1918, eventually becoming the official photographer for the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Besides his official photos of historic events and visiting dignitaries at Pearl Harbor, Loo satisfied his fascination with volcanoes by making numerous trips to the island of Hawai‘i to capture the beauty and the destruction of the volcanoes there.


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Collection Items

Automobiles traveling road across lava to Kilauea
Visitors in automobiles traveling across a lava flow to Kilauea volcano, 1924.

Ho'opuloa Village, Destruction by Lava. Lava Flows into the Sea
The destruction of the village of Ho'opuloa by a lava flow from Mauna Loa, April 18, 1926

Hula Dancers at the Brink of Kilauea Volcano
Hula dancers at the brink of Kilauea volcano crater in the 1920s.

Kailua Bay, Hawaii Island
Kailua Bay, Hawaii Island, in the 1920s.

Tourists at Koa Tree Arch
Tourists at Koa Tree Arch, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, in the 1920s.

Napoopoo Village
Napo'opo'o Village, Kona, Hawaii Island, in the 1920s.

Musicians aboard an interisland steamer in the 1920s.

Barking Sands Beach, Kauai
Members of the Order of Kamehameha enjoy at day at Barking Sands Beach, Polihale, Kaua‘i, 1928. Prince Kuhio helped found the Order of Kamehameha on May 13, 1903. Photo by Tai Sing Loo. HHS #1835.

Laupahoehoe Village
The Belt Road through Laupahoehoe Village, Hamakua Coast, Hawaii, Island, circa 1924

Hanalei Valley, Kauai
The old road alignment into Hanalei Valley, Kaua'i, early 1900s.

Road to Hana, Maui
Two men by an automobile looking at the Ke'anae coast on the road to Hana, Maui, this section of which opened in 1925
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