Guiding Lights

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Marshall Humble

Barbers Point was named for Henry Barber who wrecked the brig Arthur off the point in 1796. He was carrying a load of sea otter pelts, another ship wrecked here, a french whale ship named Marquis de Turenne in 1855. In 1888 the lighthouse was constructed to help mariners avoid the reef. The polynesians who settled Hawaii, according to tradition followed the hoku‘ula start possibly Aldebaran in Taurus which can be seen near the lighthouse in this photo. There are a mix of cultures here in Hawai'i a mix of old and new, and western and polynesian influences.

Location: Barbers Point, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii, United States


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