Passage in Wartime

It is possible to figure out how WWII affected passenger traffic in and out of Honolulu, Hawaii using Ancestry Library Edition (ALE). Just search Card Catalog for this Record Collection:

Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959

Next search Arrival Date—Year for the following years:

1940: 122, 806 hits
1941: 120, 915 hits
1942: 14,764 hits
1943: 16,821 hits
1944: 30,384 hits
1945: 71,912 hits
1946: 192,046 hits

As you can see, the start of WWII had a direct and immediate impact on passenger traffic in and out of Honolulu. It reduced traffic by approximately 100,000 passengers per year during the period 1942-1944. Note: Traffic doubled in 1944 and doubled again in 1945 because by mid-1944 the U.S. military had established clear air and naval superiority throughout the Pacific Theater.

You may use ALE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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