Karen Elizabeth Baker
Twenty-Four Hour Waikiki
The thread that connects all of my work is the passage of time, exploring the intersection of culture, history and politics. This series is a study of twenty-four hours in Waikiki, using one composition and light as it changes moment to moment. Existing within this single configuration is the result of the transformation of Waikiki from an agricultural area to a tourist mecca. Originally the area was swampland where native Hawaiians cultivated taro, followed by the Chinese farming rice. In light of rising land values, the land was then dredged to make the way for tourist accommodations and the residential high-rise neighborhoods that are seen in this work.