By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 29, 2023) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps takes us to a harbor in Hawaii.


The United States had a long relationship with the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The natural embayment west of Honolulu – now known as Pearl Harbor – is home to the shark goddess, Ka’ahupahau, according to Hawaiian legends.

The head of the Ewa Chiefs is credited for cutting a navigable channel into Pearl Harbor.

The US received the sole right to use Pearl Harbor for refurbishing and coaling naval ships on November 29, 1887.

This key naval base became infamous in 1941 when the Japanese attacked it from the air.  It was the beginning of the end of Imperial Japan.  They just didn’t know about the Aircraft Carrier Enterprise, future battles of Iwo Jima, Midway, the Philippines, all launched from Pearl Harbor.

Ruth White created this pictorial map of the island of Oahu in 1930, with Pearl Harbor prominently displayed.  

Map of Oahu – 1930 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.