Theodore Kelsey Collection

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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.

Collection Items

Outrigger Canoe
Outrigger canoe on shore, Honaunau, Kona, 1920s.

Lameka Ahulau
Lameka Ahulau of Wailuku River and family at Piihonua, Hilo, circa 1925.

Boys on a Donkey
Kaupu boys on a donkey, Hookena, Kona, Hawaii Island, circa 1925.

Wailoa River
Mouth of the Wailoa River, Waikea, Hilo, Hawaii Island, circa 1925.

Kapihe Drives a 1920s Auto
Kapihe drives a 1920s automobile on the Big Island in the 1920s.
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