Before the US military presence at Pearl Harbor, it looked something like this.
The ancient Hawaiians called this area Wai Momi, or "Waters of Pearl," for the wealth of pearl-producing oysters that once rested on the bed of the peaceful bay. The sweeping shoreline that caressed the pristine bay also boasted the most fishponds of any area in the islands. This natural abundance made Wai Momi a prime location for fishing and diving. According to legend, a benevolent shark goddess watched over this precious natural resource and protected the area.
This painting was completed in 1890 by American painter Joseph Strong. Joseph was born in 1853, the son of a minister who took his family to Honolulu during Joseph’s childhood. Joseph studied painting, design and photography in California and later in Germany. Following his marriage to Isobel Osbourne in 1879, he moved back to Hawaii, where he lived for several years and was even appointed the governmental artist by King David Kalakaua for an expedition to Samoa.
The painting, called "View of Pearl Harbor,” is on display at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI.
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