Theodore Kelsey Collection
Photographs by Theodore Kelsey in the Hawaiian Historical Society collection. Theodore Kelsey (1891–1987) was born in Seattle, Washington, but reared on the islands of Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i. In the early 1900s, he ran a photographic studio in Hilo, selling albums of island views. At the same time, Kelsey was taking portraits of friends and research sources. Kelsey viewed his photography as a way to support his real work and love, collecting, documenting, and understanding the Hawaiian language and culture.