Pacific American-News Journal
`Aukake - August 1996 Volume 2 Issue 8
Where Hawai'i Played
by Arthur H. Suehiro, Watermark
For anyone born before the 1970's in Hawai'i, the glory days
of Honolulu Stadium bring back wonderful memories of a time gone
by: the wooden bleachers, the grassy field, the crack of the bat,
the raucous cheers of football fans. All this and more has been
captured by Arthur Suehiro in his beautiful Honolulu Stadium.
The book is a coffee table pictorial that traces the history of
the stadium from its conception by J. Ashman Beaven and
construction in 1926 through its heyday to its demolition in 1976
and consequent reincarnation as Old Stadium Park.
It's all here: the wonderful days of club baseball; the
excitement of the war years when great major league players, in
military service, played; the never-to-be-forgotten thrill of
high school football rivalries; visits by stars like Elvis; and
rodeo and horse events. Author Suehiro combed archives and
personal collections for pictures and memorabilia. He interviewed
people whose lives were touched by the stadium, and whose lives
touched the thousands who came as spectators to the stadium. In
fact, one of the strengths of this book is the interviews with
old sports stars, cheerleaders, announcers, etc. These are
interspersed with the text and pictures (including pictures of
the people in their time of fame), and are a real treat.
This book is not only a must for fans of local sports, but
especially for anyone who sat in those bleachers, cheered their
teams, ate the boiled peanuts, sang the songs. In short, if you
were there, or if you want your children to have at least a feel
of what it was like, you need this book.
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