The Jungle

The Jungle images center on the transformation of a neighborhood in East Waikiki formerly known as “The Jungle” due to gross overcrowding and
substandard living conditions. They examine the evolution of architecture and vernacular culture that occurred during the decades of the 1960s and 1970s. After World War II, property values skyrocketed in Waikiki as the introduction of more affordable airline travel and the development of luxury hotels made the city a magnet to the tourist market. The Honolulu Redevelopment Agency looked to urban renewal to make Waikiki more appealing for tourism. Today one can see the uneven results of their efforts in the vestiges of the old neighborhood; the steadfast single-family residential structures that remain among the patchwork of unresolved vacant lots and the hotel and residential high-rises that were the dream of the Honolulu Redevelopment Agency.