The Islands of Hawaii / Sail S.S. Leilani.

Original 1960s Hawaiian Islands pictorial map.

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Cartographer(s): Dessiaume
Date: ca. 1960
Place: Hawaii
Dimensions: 79 x 57 cm (31 x 22 in)
Condition Rating: VG+
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Wonderful cartographic illustration of the Hawaiian Islands, with pictorial representations of flora and fauna, along with cultural and tourist attractions. The map depicts the place and date of important events in recent Hawaiian history (from the Euro-American perspective for sure), from the landing of Captain Cook in 1778 to Big Island volcanic lava flows in the 1950s.

Volcanoes, parks, ranches, pineapple and sugar plantations, hunting and fishing locations stand along side Hawaiians in traditional dress, a woman mixing poi, golf courses, the Mormon temple, and sunbathing beachgoers in this encapsulation of the varied elements of mid-20th century Hawaii, which became a state on August 21st, 1959.

Travel times for steamer and air lines from the Pacific Coast are given: four and a half days by sea, 8-10 hours by plane. An inset of Honolulu and Waikiki shows important buildings and landmarks, including Diamond Head and ʻIolani Palace.

The map promotes travel to the Hawaiian Islands aboard the SS Leilani. Originally commissioned in 1944 for naval service, the ship was bought by the Hawaiian Steamship Co. and renamed SS Leilani on 5 February 1957, after which it ferried passengers between San Francisco and Hawaii.

Little is known about the artist.


Condition Description



Maps from University of Hawai'i at Manoa - Call No. G4381 E635 n.d.