July 26, 2010 by USA Post
Hawaiian Islands, HONOLULU (AP) – Amelia Earhart is returning to The Royal Hawaiian. The historic hotel in Waikiki is organizing an exhibition of rarely seen photographs into account the pioneering aviator during his visit to Hawaii and stayed at the Palace “Pink Pacific” during the 1930s.
The black and white images show a relaxing Earhart in a bathing suit and leaning against a palm tree while looking the sea. A little show and watching the legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku icon carve a pineapple for her.
The photos show a side of Earhart many people may not be familiar with, especially those who have only seen a bomber jacket and aviator pants.
“They give life,” said Lynn Krantz, the archivist at Matson Navigation Co., which found the images on file last year.
“For example, when you look at it and see her smile – it’s like Whoa, the joy of living,” said Krantz, using the French term for “joy of living.”
Matson, who operated a luxury liner between California and Hawaii in the 20th century, built the Royal Hawaiian in 1927 to give its wealthy passengers a place to stay in the islands.
One photo shows Earhart listen to guitarists on a lanai next to the hall where the exhibition was held.
Several shots show Earhart during a two week trip to Hawaii, which began in December 1934. She had arrived at Honolulu on the SS Lurline Matson of Los Angeles with her husband George Putnam, a publicist, and a Lockheed Vega.
The couple said initially planned to use the plane to visit the islands. A few days later, he surprised everyone with the announcement of a pilot Earhart’s plane back to California, a journey that no one – man or woman – had ever tried. After the first flight in 18 hours on January 12, 1935.
Other scenes show her at her last trip to Hawaii in March 1937 – several months before disappearing over the South Pacific during an attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world.
Earhart, then 39, and his navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared on July 2 on the way to Howland Island in New Guinea.
Kelly Hoen, director general of the Royal Hawaiian, said he has heard for a long time returning guests who are enjoying getting a glimpse of what appeared to hotel when his parents were there.
For younger guests, meanwhile, are learning more about the heritage of appeal, he said.
Hoen emphasis on everyone – not just those staying at the five-star hotel – are invited to enjoy the exhibit.
“We encourage everyone to come and look,” said Hoen.
The exhibition of 65 photos, which opened Friday – Birthday 113 Earhart – scheduled until the end of the year.
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