Honolulu’s First Playgrounds

This fascinating image of local context (tiki bar!  banana stall!)  in an early playground comes  from an interesting post on Hawaaiian playground history by Peter Young:   “Established in 1895, the Free Kindergarten and Children’s Aid Association…[founded]the first public playground in [Honolulu] in 1911, Beretania Playground, at the corner of Beretania and Smith streets in the heart of Chinatown.   It was intended for boys and girls under ten, and for older girls accompanying the very young, and the “play garden” was open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.”  The association established four playgrounds (Beretania, Kamāmalu, Atkinson and Aʻala) and the city’s first municipally established playgrounds were  Kaimuki, Dole Park, Kalihi-Kai, Kauluwela and Kalihi-Waena.

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