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building a breakwater at Hilo that should give the city one of the very best harbors in the islands. Railroad extension will surely make available large acreage in the interior, and the agricultural development in the immediate future is bound to be very great. In the pine-apple industry alone, Hilo is destined to great benefits, for there are hundreds of acres of fine pine-apple land to be opened up by the railroad: Nearly one hundred thousand acres, Waimea plains, now devoted to an immense cattle range, will soon be cut up and made available to cultivation as the

ing American with a little capital. My forte is not business, however, and I must return to the contemplation of scenery. leaving to others the compilation of dry statistics and the predictions of future greatness for the island of Hawaii and Hilo, its capital.

Nearly every one on the mainland has visited, at some time, a conservatory and has seen the tree fern, in its imprisoned glory. Indeed, I have seen imported tree ferns under the redwoods at Mill Valley and in Golden Gate Park there are a number of the hardier variety growing in trop


Honolulu the Beautiful. richest land in the island. Denatured alcohol will be made from the thousands of barrels of molasses now going to waste from the plantations near Hilo, or being used as fuel. It is estimated that on this island alone 300,000 gallons of molasses go to waste annually.

There is a bare possibility that I am trespassing on some one in making the assertion, but the fact is that the island of Hawaii and the town of Hilo should certainly be an attractive point for the hust

F. J. Lowrey's residence

ical luxuriance in the open air. All the readers of the Overland Monthly do not live in so favored a place as San Francisco, however, and I may be speaking to some one in far Labrador or in Iceland. Certain it is that the numerous subscribers of the magazine in the Middle West, in North and South Dakota, and in Wisconsin and Montana or Idaho can have no conception of the beauty of the tree fern lined road to the volcano from Hilo. The road from Hilo to the Volcano House is


Honolulu the Beautiful. The naval docks at Honolulu. View showing part of the dock facilities of the city

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The frame house is the first erected in Honolulu. Occupied October, 1821

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The Honolulu of today is a fast-growing, conservative, wealthy American city. To be sure, it has a cosmopolitan population, but that population is in every way an American population, and what little difference there is in its composition from the mainland folks is an additional gentleness of character and a hospitality that is Hawaiian. This quality seems to be inherent in the air of the islands, and was the predominant qualification of the original Hawaiians, the descendants of the bold navigators who discovered the group and wrested it from savagery long years ago.

Honolulu is a big business center. It is not only the political but the commercial and popular capital of the Hawaiian Islands, and it is destined, as the commerce of the islands grows, to become a very large city. It is doubtful if the Hawaiians themselves realize the importance of their city in relation to the development of the commerce of the world in view of the operation within five years of the Panama Canal.

Honolulu and the Hawaiian Islands in general will be benefited to an enormous extent by the opening of this route from the ports of the Orient to the ports of


Honolulu the Beautiful. The residence of Mr. C. M. Cooke in Nuuanu Valley.


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