Kahuku Marconi Wireless Station, O’ahu, Hawaii

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By Jonathan Haeber

Kahuku Marconi Hotel
The Marconi Wireless Station at Kahuku on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Coordinates of Marconi Station Long ago, before my grandfather was born, a young Italian named Guglielmo Marconi developed a process of communicating without the aid of land-line telegraph cables. The birth of wireless telegraphy was embraced by the British during their Second Boer War, but the promise of communication across vast oceans between families and friends, businesses and diplomatic bureaus was where wireless truly shined.

I recently traveled to Hawaii to visit a friend (ostensibly), but also to explore the island’s many historical locations (I have my ulterior motives). Earlier, I had spoken of the abandoned sugar refinery on the North Shore and its incredible ties with bird guano (believe me, there’s a connection). In the future, I will talk about Battery Harlow in Diamond Head, a World War I-era array of guns designed to defend the new U.S. territory.

Most important, though, is this station on the North Shore (The Kahuku Marconi Station). In the details of this station, one can parse out a history and trace the root & origins of the Military-Industrial Complex. Today, parts of the station are occupied by a krill farm. The old powerhouse, which supplied the 300 kW towers with their much-needed electricity, is now full of temporary above-ground pools of growing shrimp (and large bull frogs, as well). The old “Hotel” as it was known (which often housed unmarried Marconi workers or visiting dignitaries including Jack London himself) is a crumbling and empty bone.

Map of the Marconi Station
Image courtesy Library of Congress
If there is any place in Hawaii that desperately needs National Register status, it is this place. When World War II broke out, the Marconi wireless towers were no longer needed (long-wave radio transmission was a thing of the past), but the original line of towers was replaced by an airstrip that sent out cargo planes to their destinations across the Pacific Rim.

Wireless Station Hotel Exterior

I visited the Kahuku Station during the day. The krill farm, though active, was eerily vacant of people. A gentle breeze — like any Hawaiian breeze, warm and humid — came in from the North. The palms danced to the cadence of the wind, which wound its way through the broken window frames of the Hotel. Krill pumps hummed, and I imagined how similar they sounded to the original transformers for the wireless towers.

Transformers at Kahuku
Photo courtesy Library of Congress
The humidity has a different sort of effect on the plaster and paint of abandoned buildings. Living in California, it was a rare sort of sight for me to see. Each layer of paint peeled away to reveal an older, more colorul version of the wall. And the arched doorways and stairwells gave me an idea of its once grand design — despite the hotel’s utilitarian purpose.

I think the Kahuku Station and its related history deserve so much attention that — in the coming days — I will post a three-part entry on Wireless Telelgraphy during World War I. I hope you enjoy the history as much as I did. This is meant only as an introduction to a fascinating story about government, communication, corporations, and war.

49 comments on “Kahuku Marconi Wireless Station, O’ahu, Hawaii

  1. John Crowder on said:

    Very interesting site. I was stationed and lived on the Kahuku Training Area (1976-1979) and visited the Marconi Wireless Station often.

  2. Mike Paahana on said:

    the place is all empty now, we ride mopeds into there and good place off the main road for party. get some druggys and sex kine stuff over there but cops no can get to u so all g.

  3. hans vles on said:

    You have written: Second Boeur War: pse spell correctly: BOER This Dutch word means farmer.
    Great info about the wireless station. I am finishing a book about Dutch radio pioneers. Cornelius De Groot designed and built the famous Malabar mountain gorge long wave antenna, in 1917, on Java, in order to make contact with Cavite – Honolulu – San Francisco.
    He bought a 100 kilowatt Poulsen arc transmitter in the USA. Those good old days!

    Thanks for a great site! Cheers, hans vles, Middelburg, Holland.

  4. Jonathan Haeber on said:

    Thanks for the nudge, Hans. Looking forward to the book!

  5. Walter Dick on said:

    I too have always been fascinated by old LF apparatus. I am a native of Hawai’i and spent some time at Helemano Army radio in the ’50s. There is a counterpart to the Kahuku site which I only knew as an RCA xmtr site. Until I saw an Alex alternator listed for Kahuku, I was ignorant of its LF history. The Marconi site I’m familiar with is the one at Koko Head on Lunalilo Home Road. I participated in scrapping out the last vestiges of the Koko Head Marconi installation in about 1954. Two guyed masts stood there until we cut them down. They were riveted pipe sections with a wooden plug in the top. At the time we did the salvage job, the site housed the RCA rcvr complex. Lunalilo home itself was the dormtory for the Marconi operators. Have you done a piece on the Navy Haiku VLF? “Builders for Battle” by David O. Woodbury has a detailed account of the contruction by RCA of the antenna and feed system at Haiku. The Navy site at Lualualei rounds out the Island low freq xmtrs of yesteryear.
    I would like to exchange additional info about these matters when you have time. W.F. Dick, L.A. CA

  6. Steve Eshleman on said:

    I owe my existence on this Earth to the Kahuku wireless station!!!

    Why? Well, here’s the story: My grandfather, who grew up in NE Pennsylvania, and after graduating with a BSEE from Penn State U in 1915, went to work for GE & later, after serving in the US Army in France during WWI, after returning to civilian life transferred into the newly formed RCA corporation as a radio engineer. Meanwhile, my grandmother, Stella Brown, who was then a 25 year old school teacher from San Luis Obispo, CA, had taken a job at the Kahuku Elementary school.

    The year was 1920, and RCA was in charge of the Kahuku wireless station. That year they decided to install a new Alexanderson Alternator at the station, and sent my then-unmarried, 28 year old grandfather to oversee the installation of the new alternator. That was a six month assignment, and after completion, by which time he had courted and proposed to my grandmother, he returned to the mainland with his new bride to become the manager in charge of the Tuckerton wireless station in Tuckerton, NJ, where he raised a family of four children, including my late father. My grandfather stayed with RCA for a 40 year career, and I have in my possession several mementoes, including his 1915 Penn State yearbook, and his 40 year service award from RCA, which is a silver plated engraved Gorham reproduction Paul Revere bowl.

  7. Jonathan Haeber on said:

    Steve: What an incredible history and I’m thrilled you shared it here. IF you have time, I’d love to hear more about stories your grandfather may have told you.l

  8. Steve Eshleman on said:

    Jon,

    Unfortunately, I did not get many of these stories told directly from my grandfather, but 2nd hand from my dad and his sisters, and some from things granddad had written down. He retired from RCA in 1957, and I was only 6 years old then. I and my sister lived with my parents in Barnegat, NJ, and for the last couple years of my grandfather’s carreer he had been transferred to Marion, MA, after they decommissioned the old Tuckerton wireless station (now Mystic Islands residential developement) in 1955. Once he retired, he moved back into my great grandparents’ home (which had been vacant in the years after their death in 1945 & 1946) in Pennsylvania. So the end result was I didn’t get to see them very often, as they also traveled a lot during the summers, mostly cross country trips out to San Luis Obispo to visit my grandmother’s family. Also, he as a very stern and somewhat remote man. He was also big on involvement with the Masons, which is something I’ve never shown interest in. My grandfather passed away 30 years ago this year, in 1978 at age 86. I did not get much chance to see him in those later years, because first of all, my parents divorced in 1960, and a few years later my mother remarried and we moved with her to my stepdad’s home area upstate NY, near Saratoga, so by the time I reached high school age, I was not in close contact my father’s extended family for several years. Then in 1977, I moved West to Phoenix, where I’ve been ever since. In those first few years in AZ, I didn’t have the means to travel much, so I wasn’t able to even attend his funeral.

  9. Tom Weese on said:

    On our flight to Oahu after Christmas, I read an artcle by Stu Dawrs in Hana Hou, the Hawaiian Airline magazine about the early history of the Kahuku Marconi wireless station. In the article he mentioned that some of the remains were still visable and how to get there. I drove about a mile out Marconi Rd. and at the end was a locked gate and visible in the distance I could see what was left of some of the buildings. A local person confirmed that it was the remains of the Marconi station. It made my day and brought me to this site. (Hana Hou December 2008/January 2009 pg 119)

  10. Jonathan Haeber on said:

    Excellent! Thank you Tom, for relaying the info! I love to hear that others are writing about this station. I definitely think it should be preserved. it’s such a vital piece of American history.

    Cheers,
    J

  11. John Martin on said:

    Aloha Jon, interesting to read bout the RCA Marconi Station. AS a kid in the 50′s, I have been in that station alot with my dad, Allan Martin. He worked for the C.A.A. during that decade and was the station manager of the other radio station that was just off the shore located east of Marconi. There were 4-5 large radio towers for that transmitter station. About 5-6 generators were housed in the operations building and our dad taught us kids how to read and record the data from the gauges. We were the only kids that went to Kahuku School with silver pennies mixed with the mercury that was used in the radio tubes during that time. Reading these stories stirred up some old and some forgotten memories. Mahalo !!

  12. Jon, I am out at the marconi station, the condition is quickly deteriorating, emailing a pic of sign on office, will get big camera for equipment pics, any other schematic or plans?

  13. Clara on said:

    Phew! Wireless communication has changed much since I was a kid. From Graham Bell’s Photophone (no, I wasn’t a kid back then! :) in 1880 (a way to communicate voice using light beams, and now 130 years later it’s used in fiber optics!) to wireless telegraphy (which got the inventors a nobel prize 100 years ago), then the ethernet and the mobile phones, then to the WiFi in 1997, the BlueTooth just one year later, and now the WiMax is about to kick in (the technology is there but when will it be widely available? I guess it’s up to the telecom towers manufacturers now)- sadly, I guess there’s no need for wireless stations anymore :) A new technology, called iFiber Redwire allows internet reception for over 120 miles, tripling the WiMax, and I wonder when it’s going to arrive already.
    I can’t wait :)

  14. Richard Carson on said:

    Steve:
    Wonder what your Grandfathers first name was. I am helping out with a chap who is documenting the Alternator at Haiku Hi.
    Dick

  15. elliot porter on said:

    can you please pass on this message to Richard Carson [March 25 2010 post]:
    I am extremely interested in the Alexanderson alternator history at Haiku Valley please get in touch if possible
    re:
    “I am helping out with a chap who is documenting the Alternator at Haiku Hi.”
    thanks
    Elliot Porter

  16. David Jessup on said:

    This may be a duplicate as something seemed to go wrong with my last submission.
    Dick Carson has provided me with some very interesting photos from the Marion Mass. Alternator site. I have posted them in one of the galleries on my photo web site dedicated to the alternator and other aspects of Haiku Valley. Take a peek at www.haikuvalley.com. If there are any more questions feel free to use the Email form available on the photo site to contact Dick Carson or myself.

    Dave

  17. Richard Carson on said:

    Mr Eshleman is G.J.Eshleman I still don’t know what his name was. He retired from RCA after the War and contracted with the Air Force to provide WSS Alternator operations at Marion for several years.
    Dick

  18. eric borger on said:

    mr. eshleman was my grandfather also steve im bettys son

  19. kellyinparadise on said:

    Aloha,

    I was looking for the name of the point that the marconi station sits on? I’ve heard of Kalaeuila and Kalaeokamanu both capes to the left of Kahuku Point. Do you have a detailed map of the beaches and points/capes of this area?

    Mahalo,
    kellyinparadise@hotmail.com

  20. Richard Carson on said:

    Eric Borger et al.
    I have been unsuccessful in discovering G.J.Eshelmans whole name. After leaving HI. he worked at Marion with the Air Force who had take over the operation of the remaining alternator (WQR). I even made an unsuccessful try with the Penn State Alumni. I remember my folks speaking of Mr. Eshelman with great respect.
    Dick

  21. Richard Carson on said:

    Steve, Eric etal:
    Gerald J. Eshleman?

  22. John Kelly on said:

    I found this site while searching for information about the railroad stop near KHK. I knew a man (Geoff Lloyd) years ago who was a teenaged British Marconi shipboard operator aboard tankers in WWI and became a Matson radio operator after WWI and eventually settled in Hawaii. He was a relief operator at KHK in the 1970s. I think I met him in 1973 on my way between duty stations. He was a neighbor of my parents in Mokuleia, Oahu.
    The manning level at KHK varied considerably. It was fairly high during the Korean and Vietnam wars, but by 1973 it was down to a single position. At one time, as Mr. Lloyd told my father (KH6PS) and me, there were so many operators that a hotel was built for them to live in. There was also a railroad stop on the OR&L near the hotel to accommodate the operators. That railroad stop was the thing I was trying to find, in particular, its name. The name, as I remember it, was something like “Honolulu.” I thought it was “Honouliuli,” but I find that’s far closer to Pearl Harbor. In the early 1950s the station names were still at the stops, though the train stopped operating in 1947.
    As I remember, KHK had a nice house on the grounds which was there for the resident Globecom manager, who at that time was a Mr. Lee, who we also met during my only visit. Mr. Lee’s wife was an opera singer, Mr. Lloyd told us. (Lloyd was a huge opera fan whose recordings from over the air of the Metropolitan Opera are now owned by the University of Hawaii.) Mr Lee described a quick shutdown of the Alexanderson Alternator at Haiku, which was like a huge lightning strike.
    On at least one occasion my older brother and I went to the races on the weekend at Kahuku airstrip. It cost nothing to go. This was about 1955 or 56. During one of the races a Corvette caught fire. The hood and other parts were of some plastic material that burned fairly well.
    I am amazed by the stories of this airstrip being used by B17 bombers. It looks grossly inadequate.
    de K4XC, ex KH6BNY

  23. Steve Eshleman on said:

    Update from earlier response back in ’08:

    I had been doing some internet searches on my grandfather’s involvement with RCA and Kahuku. A reply to inquires came from the curator of the David Sarnof library, and he sent me this message:

    >To: Eshleman, Steven E

    >Subject: Re: Associates of David Sarnoff
    >
    >
    >Dear Mr. Eshleman,
    >
    >Thank you for writing. In the 1920s RCA was a small company comprising
    >the assets of the Wireless Telegraph Company of America with some
    >expansion into marketing radios made by General Electric and
    >Westinghouse, and of course the charter staff of NBC. As Sarnoff
    >started his career as a “‘Coni Man” was chief inspector before the war,
    >and commercial manager during the war, he was very familiar with the
    >staff at stations at least on the east coast.
    >
    >The U. S. Navy seized the Tuckerton station from the Germans in 1917
    >and transferred it to RCA after World War I. As to your grandfather,
    >Mr.
    >Sarnoff’s papers consist primarily of public
    >papers: speeches, articles,
    >and public material, with almost nothing on how he ran the company.
    >The only information I have located is by browsing for an hour through
    >our set of World Wide Wireless, the RCA in-house magazine, and here is
    >what I found:
    >
    >April 1920: “Mr. J. G. Eshleman, formerly Engineer of the staff of the
    >General Electric Company has been appointed Assistant Engineer in
    >Charge at the New Brunswick station.” (Presumably he was working at
    >Tuckerton on behalf of GE after the Navy transferred it)
    >
    >May 1920: At New Brunswick, now Somerset (the station was demolished in
    >2000: infoage.org/salvage.html), he and the engineer in charge, S. R.
    >Ford, had an eventful on March 6, five days after the Navy transferred
    >the station to RCA. A blizzard with 90 mph winds blew through,
    >flooding the facility and bringing down the antenna wires, whose sleet
    >burners were overcome.
    >
    >Sept. 1920: G. J. Eshleman, engineer-in-charge of the NB station, is
    >relieved of his duties and transferred to the Kahuku station in Hawaii
    >”as representative of the Plant Engineer’s Office in connection with
    >the installation of Alexanderson alternators there.”
    >
    >May 1921: “Mr. Eshleman, of the Engineering Department, is taking on
    >more education through a post-graduate course at the Kahuku Primary
    >School. His teacher states that she thinks he is somewhat backward,
    >but is improving under her watchful eye. The happy pair will receive
    >the best wishes and all that sort of thing, as soon as the final step
    >is pau.”
    >
    >Nov. 1921: GJE returns from 6 months in Hawaii, “bringing a bride, and
    >has taken up his duties as Engineer-in-Charge, at Tuckerton.”
    >
    >I expect that more could be tracked through the rest of the 1920s,
    >after which the magazine folded with the Depression.
    >There are no photos of
    >him, with or without Mrs. Eshleman. Unfortunately I can’t afford to
    >spend any more time on your behalf, as fascinating as this. It’s
    >perfectly possible that he took Mr. Sarnoff fishing although I don’t
    >know of any other instances where he engaged in the pasttime.
    >
    >In any case, I hope that this information brightens your family’s
    >holiday a bit more for the holidays,
    >
    >With best wishes,
    >
    >Alex Magoun

  24. Steve Eshleman on said:

    To Eric Borger:

    If you see this, email me to seshleman@cox.net ! Because you were born in ’65 several years after my parent’s divorce, you are one of the few cousins besides Aunt Gerry’s boys and Aunt Ann’s Ramona Kay that I’ve never met. I hear you worked for an electric utility in PA? Must run in the family, I just retired last year from a 25 year career with Arizona Public Service Co, the electric utility out here in Phoenix, doing land survey, map drafting, and computer modeling for load forecasts. Sorry I missed you on our last trip East to see Alan & Charlie, but we were on a tight schedule visiting my stepdad who now lives in Delaware. Saw Nena, Juan, and his family last year in December. Also, I remember your father Lloyd very well from before you were born.

    To Mr. Carson:

    That was Gerald J. C. Eshleman. J.C. stands for Jacob Charles, & yes he had two middle names. Old Pennsylvania Dutch name going back to pre-Revolutionary War era. Sometimes the spelling got switched back and forth between Eshleman & Eshelman. See the post above about info I got from the David Sarnof library.

  25. Allen Remillard on said:

    I was ststioned at Bellows Field from 1952 to 1954, but did not know about the Marconi Station at Kahuku. Tolaly ignorant if it until I read James Jones book “The Pistol”( set in Dec, 1941) that included a story about a squad sent up to “Marconi Pass” to guard against the possibility of Japanese troops using the pass to breech the south of Oahu.From Bellows Field, one can see the two mountain peaks looking south (?) with a area of between them – I believe that may be the pass. Tour guides profess ignorance of “Marconi Pass” although one lady thought that is an ares of hang-gliding.

  26. Terry Lamb on said:

    Aloha, Steve~~
    I read your article here with great interest. I am living presently on a property right next door to the Marconi/ RCA Building. I noticed that the present owners of both this and the parcel on which the building is have heavy equipment there, ostensibly to demolish it in the near future. I will be in contact with them to rethink that possibility as it has great Historical importance and should be restored. Let me know how we can assist each other in saving and restoring the structure and its rich History. I have some wonderful Visions for these properties I would share with you in private through our e-mail addresses. Mahalo~~ Terry Lamb

  27. Terry Lamb on said:

    Excuse me–I meant Jonathan….you should have my e-mail address (terrylambart@aol.com) and see my Artwork at my website, www.terrylambart.com. Mahalo~~

  28. Mark james on said:

    I just finished reading “Unbroken’, a historical book detailing one soldier’s life in WWII, including a stay at the Kahuku Airfield (B-17 crewmember, I believe). Anyway, it’s a great book.

    Terry, I live near the Coburn’s place (second right along Marconi road. Are you past the gate (straight up Marconi) with the lock on it? Does Antonio, the groundskeeper live near you?
    –Mark

  29. Terry Lamb on said:

    Aloha, Mark~~I’m living in the loft at Ed Searfoss’ Surfboard Glassing warehouse which is just past Romy’s house and bordering the Bird Sanctuary. My phone # is (808) 693-5335. I’d love to hear from you, neighbor!

  30. Mark James on said:

    Hi Terry,

    I just found your message today (1/12/12). somehow I thought I would be alearted through my email account, but apparently not. I’ve got your number. I’ll give you a call one of the days (soon). I’ve always wanted to walk about the strip and the major buildings still standing (take a few pics, etc), but worried about dogs, etc.

    –Mark

  31. You people are all wrong and you don’t know what you’re talking about. I have no intentions to demolish the buildings. I’ve spent a considerable amount of money cleaning up trash left behind from former tenants (which I charged no rent) and from people driving up and down Marconi Road. I been spending money hiring architects and historians to develop plans that would help restore the buildings and preserve their historic significance for future generations to see. So, please don’t talk about my plans for my property unless you are going to let me talk about your property and your plans.

  32. Robert N on said:

    Jeremy,

    very glad to hear that you are maintaining the property. I grew up in the area and had always wanted to visit the airfield, since finding it on a street atlas. I hope some day it can be open to the public to some degree. I read websites with history about it when I come across them.

    If I still lived there, I would volunteer to help clean up the trash for a chance to see the site. Perhaps you can find other volunteers who are similarly interested.

  33. Jeremy on said:

    Thank you Robert. I appreciate your interest and offer to help.

  34. My mother-in-law grew up next to the Marconi Wireless Station. Her father was employed there as a carpenter. She is 92 and would love to go back there to look around! Would that be possible?

  35. Steve Eshleman on said:

    Jeremy,

    Glad to hear you are making such an effort to conserve the property at your own expense. Would love to visit the area if/when I ever get to visit Oahu again. My last and only trip to HI was a NCI interisland cruise in ’06 with very limited time in Honolulu. We did manage a bus tour to Pearl Harbor and the Punch Bowl cemetery.

  36. As one who lived here all my life, I am starting to photograph many of the buildings and historical sites around the Island. Rather than just drive in, I would like to ask your permission to visit the site.

    Thank you

  37. Michael Arreola on said:

    My grandparents Timoteo and Petra Casuga had a 26 acre farm in Marconi from 1950-1998. The Casuga family was famous for growing watermelons and Filipino vegetables. They raised a lot of goats cattle pigs and chickens. A lot of Japanese farmers were there before WW2.
    The Kenui Mcandless and Coburn families have land there. Old man Sakamoto and his son Clifford also were successful farmers. Also Mr Caliao had a few cattle. Also a former policeman raised a lot of corn and beans there. Then the prawn farms came in the early 70s. They ruined the land, I have great memories. My grandparents went fishing there a lot. There was plenty of catfish in the swamp.There was and old transfer station because Dole grew pineapples up in the mountains. And the Army had a small post there.

  38. I went to the Marconi Station today with my son and a friend. I love historical sites and try and photograph as many as possible. We drove onto the property only because there was someone working in the area. I got out of the car and explained that I love photographing old sites and asked if it would be OK to walk around and take some photos. The young man very promptly and rudely, I might add, let me know that he did not allow this on HIS private property. What a great way to spike interest “for future generations to see” as stated above. We would have gladly paid to walk about and take photos but with this guy’s arrogance and rudeness we dared not to make the offer. As a long time resident of Oahu, I would like to say that this is not the attitude we should portray in regard to our historical sites.

  39. Mick robertson on said:

    I am going to oahu in the next few weeks and would like permission to visit this site. Is it possible to walk up to it from the golf course? Just want to visit and take some pics after reading unbroken.

  40. michael arreola on said:

    Its a long walk from Turtle Bay Hotel and the golf course. You can drive up Marconi road but there is a gate before the old RCA station. You can see the building from the gate. In the old days there was a lot of trees around the property.

  41. Mick robertson on said:

    Thanks for your reply. It sounds like the whole area is on private property. I WOULD BE HAPPY JUST TO VISIT EITHER SECTION OF THE RUNWAY.Any idea if even that is possible without getting in trouble with an owner?

  42. michael arreola on said:

    Yes you can. Just walk along the beach from Turtle Bay Hotel. It should take you about 1 hour. When you reach a really (HIGH ROCK) turn to the right. The old building will be about 400 yards away. Hope that helps!

  43. mick robertson on said:

    Yes, that helps very much. Thank you ! How sensitive are the locals to outsiders being in the area ?

  44. michael arreola on said:

    Just use common sense. I was born there. I am of Filipino descent. I live in Seattle now. It is peaceful and quiet. Be respectful of the people living there. Even if they seem rude and obviously poor its their life. I probably know more about the Marconi area than any person alive. Thanks!!!

  45. mick robertson on said:

    I am so glad that i have made contact with someone who knows something about the area ! Is it considered trespassing to be in the area of the old runway intersection and the Marconi building? It looks to be some sort of commercial log sorting area or something like that. Obviously i will be on my best behavior and can handle myself well in tight situations, but i am just trying to get a better feel of what to expect once i get there.

  46. michael arreola on said:

    It is owned by the “Makai Ranch”.Private property. Also the Coburn Family and Maybe the Kenui Family still own property there.

  47. cYn Casamina on said:

    thank you for your information
    my grandfather worked at the station, about 1920
    i don’t know what he did there…
    my mother would tell me about home life and her father’s values
    she probably didn’t even know what his job was… she was just a child

    just an aside…
    they (in Hawaii) referred to it as makone, a very hawaiian or japanese sounding name
    only later did they realize that it was really marconi

  48. Michael Arreola on said:

    In 1920 Marconi was WAY Off the beaten path! Really rural! Nothing but the RCA station there at the time. Kahuku Sugar Mill was perhaps 5-7 miles East, and also the camps where the workers lived. Must have been a boring life, plenty mosquitos.

  49. Matt Nakamura on said:

    Very interesting to hear of the historical significance of the Marconi Point area.
    I’m not sure how many people realize that this Friday, March 28, 2014, one of the biggest raves in Hawaii will take place at this very site! “Digital Wonderland” will have five stages and an endless array of mainland DJ’s playing music non-stop from 9 pm until 3 am. Hundreds of young people from all over the island will converge on this site to listen to this music and do who knows what else. Historically (and I use that word in an entirely different sense!) these raves have been known for drugs such as Ecstasy, with a young woman actually being found dead at the 2012 version of this event at the water park in Kapolei, also on Oahu. How do I know so much about this? I have a young son who is planning on going to this event and was forced to do some research. This was originally going to be held across the street at Gunstock Ranch, but was recently changed. I wonder why? I wonder how much the the landowner is making from this one time event, and if he is aware of the questionable nature of the event itself or of the promoter’s background and track record?

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