Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Hawaii By Air
Hawaii By Air

"Paradise of the Pacific"

People had been traveling to Hawaii for adventure and pleasure long before the airplane. During the 1800s, they came by sailing ship and then by steamship. As interest in the islands spread, Hawaii began promoting itself as the "Paradise of the Pacific."

By the 1920s, thousands of wealthy travelers were sailing to Hawaii on luxury liners and staying in grand hotels at a new resort area near Honolulu called Waikiki.