By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 7, 2020) – In Issue 22 of Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps feature takes us to pineapple paradise.

Steve Kovacs, Loveland resident looks to the treetops for pineapples  (Provided)

Hawaii was annexed by the US 122 Years Ago

The Hawaiian Islands are relatively young both geologically and by human inhabitation point of view.  Sitting on an active tectonic hotspot, the first magma flow breaching the ocean’s waves and thus starting to form the island chain dates back 750,000 years or so.  The first Polynesians arrived about 1700 years ago, followed by a second wave 700 years later. 

Territorial wars were not unusual, until King Kamehameha united the islands in 1795.  Captain Cook was the first Westerner to set foot on the islands just a few years prior in 1778.   Eventually, the US gained a foothold, and now Americans can travel to paradise without a passport, but chance a 14-day quarantine . . .  Aloha.

This promotional map of Hawaii for Dole, the pineapple folks, was created by Feher in the 1950s.            

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

Click here to visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.

1950’s Promotional Map of Hawaii was created for Dole Pineaplle (Credit Stever Kovacs)