The world in 1915 was a very different place. World War I had begun in Europe. From New York, Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental telephone call to Thomas Watson in San Francisco. In Germany, Bayer introduced the first aspirin in tablet form, while in Detroit, the one millionth Model-T rolled off the Ford assembly line. Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity. Later that year, one Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey.
In February 1915, in the tropical paradise of Hawaii, removed in many respects from the frenetic pace of the rest of the world, they were holding the Mid-Pacific Carnival in Honolulu. This is the image that appeared on the event's original advertising posters, skillfully recreated for us by Ricardo San Pedro to capture and preserve the feel of those long-ago times.
In it, our Hawaiian maiden seems to have a wistful look as she waves a bittersweet goodbye, almost as if she realizes that sleepy island life as she knows it will soon be forever changed.
Lahaina Printsellers custom-prints this image on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using only the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years.