Hawaii was a Pacific territory during World War II. But it wasn’t the manicured beaches and tourism mecca that we know today.

It was a territory, and it was laid back, you have to understand, very very primitive.  Primitive.  Kamaiamaia Highway was a dirt road and everything.

– Patricia Farrington Siegner, WAVE

This photo shows WAVES disembarking from their transport ship in January of 1945. It comes from the National Archives.

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