Fort DeRussy

Fort DeRussy (HM8JW)

Location: Honolulu, HI 96815 Honolulu County
Country: United States of America

N 21° 17.13', W 157° 49.998'

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— Waikīkī Historic Trail —

This green expanse in the middle of Waikīkī is Fort DeRussy, named in honor of Brigadier General Rene E. DeRussy, Corps of Engineers, whoserved with distinction in the American—British War of 1812. It was started in 1908as vital American bastion of defense, but today it serves as a place of recreation and relaxation for U.S. military personnel and their families.

If you turn toward themountains, all the landyou see before you extending to the foothills of Mānoa Valley was planted in taro for many centuries. But, as the number of Hawaiian farmers in Waikīkī died off and the demand for poi decreased, by the 1870's taro production praotically ceased. Successful rice planting experiments led to a kind of "rice fever" which swept of the islands.

Chinese rice planters took over abandoned taro patches and turned Waikīkī into a vast rice plantation. For a few years, rice not sugar, was king in Hawai'i. The disappearance of taro from Waikīkī not only marked an economic change, but a culturalchange as well: Hawaiian mythology says the firstman was born of Hāloa, the sacred taro plant. Theplanting and eating of taro was for ancient Hawaiians the basis of their existence and their spiritual sustenance as well. When taro disappeared from Waikīkī, as it did fromso many areas, so did thespirit of Hāloa.

The coconut grove near this historical marker is the oldest and last of its kind in Waikīkī today.
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HM NumberHM8JW
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Marker Number20
Placed ByThe Vision Team of Kapahulu, Diamond Head and Waikīkī
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 5:36am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)4Q E 621027 N 2354192
Decimal Degrees21.28550000, -157.83330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 21° 17.13', W 157° 49.998'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds21° 17' 7.80" N, 157° 49' 59.88" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)808
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1979-1999 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu HI 96815, US
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